Dear Paschal Alumni,
There has been an outpouring of response from fellow Panthers concerning the recent tragic killing of Dallas police officer and R. L. Paschal Alumnus, Patrick Zamarripa, age 32.
Along with 4 other officers, Zamarripa was killed in a targeted sniper attack on police, who were protecting citizens during a peaceful demonstration on July 8, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.
Zamarripa, a 2001 Paschal High School graduate, was a member of the Paschal Panther baseball team and was a trumpet player in the Paschal band.
He served 3 tours in Iraq as a Naval security officer before joining the Dallas police force nearly 5 years ago.
Zamarripa is remembered by fellow officers as a positive role model in the community, exemplifying strong leadership and compassion for the citizens he protected. He was a recipient of multiple awards, including the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
Zamarripa is also remembered by his Panther teammates for his character and sportsmanship as seen in this video from the Star-Telegram.
To honor the commitment and brave sacrifice of this fallen Panther, a student scholarship has been set up through the Paschal Alumni Association. The Patrick Zamarripa Scholarship will be awarded in May of 2017 to a Paschal High School student who has shown strong character and outstanding leadership on campus and in the community.
Paschal Alumni who wish to contribute to the Patrick Zamarripa Scholarship may donate online through the Alumni website
or also by check.
Please note “Patrick Zamarripa Scholarship” on your check or the online form.
Checks should be made to:
Paschal Alumni Association,
P.O. Box 11876, Fort Worth, TX 76110.
Special appreciation to the Class of 1961 for initiating the Zamarripa scholarship through a generous donation.
The Paschal Alumni Association was founded in 1990, as a result of The Paschal Century Celebration, held in October of 1988 and numbers nearly 17,000 members.
The Association has been a generous supporter of R.L. Paschal High School and has helped to fund numerous improvements in the academic, athletic and extra-curricular areas, as well as contributing to many capital improvements, such as renovation of the gym and the installation of a new sound system in the auditorium.
It was chosen by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as one of the city’s top five organizations whose purpose is to give back to the community.