Tomball High School

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Tomball High School
Address
30330 Quinn Road

,
77375

Coordinates30°6′40″N 95°37′43″W / 30.11111°N 95.62861°W / 30.11111; -95.62861Coordinates: 30°6′40″N 95°37′43″W / 30.11111°N 95.62861°W / 30.11111; -95.62861
Information
TypePublic high school
MottoThe Pride of Texas
Established1908
(Current building: 1974)
School districtTomball Independent School District
PrincipalChris Scott
Staff125.83 (FTE)[1]
Grades9-12
Enrollment2,230 (2019–20)[1]
Student to teacher ratio17.72[1]
Color(s)   Red & White
Athletics conferenceUniversity Interscholastic League
MascotCougar
Information281-357-3220
WebsiteSchool website

Tomball High School is an accredited public high school in the city of Tomball, Texas. It was the only high school in the Tomball Independent School District before the construction of Tomball Memorial High School in 2011. The high school was remodeled in 2005 and the cougar statue in front of the school was donated by an artist from Magnolia.

History[edit]

In 1908, school was first held in Tomball in the Woodmen of the World building, which was a one-room framed building that educated nearly 15 students. The community soon made plans to build a school. Land on Cherry Street was donated, and by 1910 a school was built. The two-story red brick schoolhouse, which was part of the Harris County School System, consisted of two classrooms downstairs and an auditorium upstairs. By 1916, 62 students attended the school. As of 1928, the community grew and consisted of four schools. By 1931, the district employed five teachers.

By 1935, the original schoolhouse was torn down and replaced with a new buff brick building that contained grades one through eleven. Two years later, a petition was presented to the Harris County School Board requesting that Tomball have its own school district. The petition was granted, which transferred all funds and debts to the Tomball Independent School District. The school on Cherry Street had grown so much that by 1938 a second campus was needed. Therefore, the district built a new red brick high school with a gymnasium and a swimming pool, which was located in the 700 block of Main Street.

In 1961, the original high school on Main Street was destroyed after an electrical fire in the school's attic engulfed the building. The Houston Fire Department responded, where the fire fighters dropped a hose into the swimming pool to extinguish the flame. School was dismissed for four days. Churches and other businesses throughout the community offered their facilities so the high school students could complete the school year.

By 1974, students began attending classes at the new Tomball High School on Sandy Lane, later renamed Quinn Road. Continued growth over the decades meant there was a need for additional classrooms. In 2000, voters approved a $98.4 million bond referendum that enabled the district to renovate Tomball High School.

In 2011 principal Gary Moss was scheduled to retire in spring 2011, and Greg Quinn, an assistant principal, became principal. He served from Fall 2011 to Spring 2017. Chris Scott is the current principal.[2]

Academics[edit]

For the 2018-2019 school year, Tomball High School received a B grade from the Texas Education Agency, with an overall score of 88 out of 100. This is notably 5 points lower than their fellow Tomball ISD high school, Tomball Memorial High School, which received a 93 out of 100. Within the three performance domains, Tomball High School received an A grade for Student Achievement (score of 92), a B grade for School Progress (score of 81), and a C grade for Closing the Gaps (score of 79). For context, Tomball Memorial High School received an A grade for Student Achievement (score of 95, 3 points higher), an A grade for Student Progress (score of 92, 11 points higher), and a B grade for Closing the Gaps (score of 89, 10 points higher). Tomball High School received one distinction designation for Academic Achievement (in Social Studies), while failing to receive the Academic Achievement in Science, Mathematics, English Language Arts/Reading, and Postsecondary Readiness, while also failing to place in the top 25% in Comparative Academic Growth and Comparative Closing the Gaps. For context, Tomball Memorial High School received Academic Achievement marks in Social Studies, Mathematics, and English Language Arts/Reading, while successfully placing in the top 25% in Comparative Academic Growth and Comparative Closing the Gaps.[3][4]

For the 2019-2020 school year, U.S. News gave Tomball High School a score of an 81.41 out of 100. The school is ranked 275th among Texas high schools, and 3,307th nationally. According to U.S. News, 43% of the school's students took at least one AP (Advanced Placement) exam in 2020, and 68% of those students passed at least one. Inversely, 32% of Tomball High School students who took at least one AP exam did not pass any of their AP exams. These marks are lower than their district's average, yet higher than their state's average.[5]

Athletics[edit]

Tomball High School is a member of Region 19-5A of the University Interscholastic League.

In 2013 the Tomball High School baseball team finished the season with a 36-4 record and won the Texas UIL 4A State Championship.[6]

Sport Boys Girls
Baseball X -
Basketball X X
Cross-Country X X
Football X
Golf X X
Soccer X X
Softball - X
Swimming & Diving X X
Tennis X X
Track & Field X X
Volleyball - X

Demographics[edit]

In the 2018-2019 school year, there were 2,054 students. 4.5% were African American, 2.1% were Asian, 33.0% were Hispanic, 0.3% were American Indian, 57.1% were White, and 3.0% were two or more races. 27.4% of students were Economically Disadvantaged, 3.9% were English Language Learners, and 8.8% received Special Education services.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "TOMBALL H S". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved June 1, 2021.
  2. ^ "New principal named for THS, TMHS". The Potpourri (Tomball Edition) at the Houston Chronicle. 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2016-12-27.
  3. ^ Overview: Tomball H S. Texas Education Agency. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
  4. ^ Overview: Tomball Memorial H S. Texas Education Agency. Retrieved 7 November 2020.
  5. ^ Tomball High School U.S. News. Retrieved 7 November 2020
  6. ^ Verdejo, Angel. "Tomball captures 4A baseball title". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  7. ^ Profile: Tomball H S. Texas Education Agency. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
  8. ^ Jones, Allen (November 21, 2010). "Tomball to celebrate 100 years with Dec. 2 birthday bash". ASP Westward. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  9. ^ Puckett, Sarah (November 21, 2010). "Tomball STAGE to present 'Le Mis'". ASP Westward. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  10. ^ Johnson, K.C (June 25, 2011). "Butler knows family values". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  11. ^ Schuman, Anna (February 25, 2009). "Tomball HS grad nominated for top country music award". ASP Westward. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  12. ^ "Miss Texas Teen USA 2016". missuniverse.com. Miss Universe Organization. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  13. ^ Berardino, Mike (April 7, 2014). "Twinsights: Chris Herrmann explains his growing versatility (with video)". Pioneer-Press. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  14. ^ a b Marrion, Jack (July 11, 2011). "Tomball product Russell having All-Star season with Chattanooga". ASP Westward. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  15. ^ Edes, Gordon (March 20, 2013). "Drake Britton faces up to year in jail". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  16. ^ Matthews, Kent (January 13, 2011). "Music: Jimmy Needham looks ahead and way back". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  17. ^ Giri, Nisha (November 21, 2010). "Gospel Music Assoc[i]ation reveals nominations for Tomball graduate". ASP Westward. Retrieved May 26, 2014.

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