Katy Independent School District

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Katy Independent School District
Type and location
District Info
Students and staff
Students62,030 (2011)
Other information
WebsiteKaty ISD Web Site
Katy School 1899-1909 Elementary School 1909-1927
Katy High School building 1909-1947
Elementary School addition 1927-1951

The Katy Independent School District is a public school district based in Katy, Texas, United States. The district enrolls over 60,000 students and is currently rated as Recognized by the Texas Education Agency (as of 8/10/09) [1]

The district serves 181 square miles (469 km2) in parts of Harris County, Fort Bend County and Waller County. Most of the district lies within the boundaries of the City of Houston, the City of Katy or their municipalities' extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). Unincorporated areas in Katy ISD include Barker, Cinco Ranch, and Cimarron.[2]

All residential areas of the district are assigned to an elementary school, a junior high school, and a high school by subdivision.



1898: The Katy Common School District (CSD) was formed to serve the town and surrounding communities. A high school and elementary school were established in a home at Avenue A and Sixth Street in Katy.

1899: The city constructed a wooden one-room school house at the site of the current Katy Elementary School's playground, the school served all grade levels.

1900: The Galveston Hurricane damaged the building, but repairs were made, and classes continued at the home of W.H. Featherston. The first class graduated from Katy High School (10th Grade).

1909: A permanent brick building was constructed adjacent and south of the wooden building, for the secondary grade levels.

1918: The Katy Independent School District (KISD) was established by voters, by divorcement election from the City of Katy, and incorporated the common school districts in Dishman, Schlipf, Sills and a school for African-Americans.

1927: Improvements to the 1909 building were competed, included indoor plumbing and heat. The wooden school was dismantled and sold, and at the site a new classroom addition was constructed for the elementary grades, a combination auditorium and cafeteria were included.

1931: The size of Katy ISD was increased to 126 square miles (326 km²), when KISD annexed two small common school districts at the South Mayde and Stockdick communities. Two school buses purchased, one transported students in from Waller County and the other from Harris County. A female community member drove her vehicle daily and picked-up six students from the Fort Bend County portion of the school district.

1934: High school age students from Brookshire began attending Katy High School. A gymnasium was erected (at the site of the current Katy Elementary School cafeteria), so that basketball and volleyball could be played at night under light, instead of on open courts on Friday afternoons.

1935: A larger wooden-school house was completed on Danover Street for African-American students.

1939: First football team established at Katy High School.

1941: 17 seniors graduate from Katy High School.

1942: During the 1942-1943 school year the mascot was changed from Kangaroos to the Tigers.

1943: First Katy Rodeo held at Avenue D and 10th Street, northwest of the Katy school buildings.

1947: Construction was completed of the new Katy High School site on Highway 90 in Katy (the building also housed Katy ISD's seventh and eight graders). High school students from the Addicks Independent School District (ISD) joined Brookshire high school students attending Katy High.

1951: A new elementary school opened next to Katy High School (currently serves as Katy High School's West Campus). The 1909 building and the 1927 elementary addition was razed, only the 1934 "Old Gym" was left standing and used as a community center, storage, junior high basketball practice and for the school district offices. The original school bell and the 1927 building plaque was stored at the "Old Gym".

1952: A Band hall and vocational building was constructed, south of the Katy High School building.

1953: Odessa Kilpatrick School was completed on Danover Street, to serve African-American students in the district, this facility replaced the 1935 wooden school house on the same site. The district began transporting African-American students above the eighth grade to Ralph Bunche School in Brookshire, this arrangement would continue until desegregation was completed.

1955: Katy High School holds graduation for 40 seniors.

1959: The movie picture "Tomboy and the Champ" was filmed in Katy and at the "Old Gym".

1960: Students from Brookshire began attending high school in the newly formed Royal Independent School District. A total of 53 graduate from Katy High School.

1961: Voters in Katy ISD and in the Addicks community, agreed to consolidation of the defunct Addicks ISD with Katy ISD, and the present boundaries of the district were increased by 55 square miles (142 km²).

1962: During the Cuban Missile Crisis the 1934 "Old Gym" was used as headquarters for the local civil defense organization.

1964: New agriculture and rodeo arena constructed behind Katy High School.

1965: A new Katy Elementary was completed at the site of the district's first permanent school along with a full-service cafeteria, the building next to Katy High School was renamed Katy Junior High and served sixth through eighth grades. The administration office was located at Katy High School, the staff included the superintendent, business director and three clerical workers. Bus Barn completed on Franz Road (current West Transportation Center).

1968: A new Addicks Elementary School, replaces the former Addicks ISD building (name changed to Wolfe Elementary in the 1980s).

1970: Katy ISD completed desegregation of its schools. Odessa Kilpatrick School used to house Katy Elementary's fifth grade and the district's six graders.

1972: New administration building was completed on South Stadium Drive

1974: West Memorial Elementary School was finished in the new West Memorial subdivision.

1976: District's sixth graders moved back to junior high schools, when West Memorial Junior High opens.

1977: The capacity of Katy High School was expanded from 800 to 1600. Also, the Katy ISD school board approved a drill team for the 1977-1978 school year that would be called the "Red Brigade" (students and advisors, prior to the start of the school year, would change the name to "Bengal Brigade").

May, 1977: 195 seniors from Katy High School walked-across the stage at Tiger Field.

1978: Zelma Hutsell Elementary, Memorial Parkway Elementary and Bear Creek Elementary Schools open, fifth graders moved from Kilpatrick school to elementary schools. Alternative education program set-up at Kilpatrick school.

May, 1979: 296 seniors graduated from Katy High School.

1979: James E. Taylor High School opens to 9th and 10th graders.

1980: Bond election passed. Mayde Creek Junior High and Cimarron Elementary schools open.

1981: Nottingham Country Elementary and Winborn Elementary Schools open. A new band hall and improvements at Katy Junior High were completed. The last varsity football game was played at Tiger Field.

1982: Katy ISD Stadium opened for varsity football games (name later changed to Jack Rhodes Memorial Stadium). Alternative education program moved to new classroom facility, next to stadium (Kilpatrick School used as storage facility). Memorial Parkway Junior High and Sundown Elementary School opens.

1983: Mayde Creek Elementary School opens.

1984: Mayde Creek High School opens and new bus barn completed north of the school (current East Transportation Center). The Katy High School tiger-head logo was designed, and replaced the simple letters "K T".

1985: At Katy High School the weight room and field house was expanded.

1988: The "Old Gym" was torn down at Katy Elementary, in anticipation of construction of a new combination gym and cafeteria, as part of the renovated and expanded Katy Elementary.

1988: James E. Taylor High School seniors were the last to graduate from Rhodes Stadium (future KISD graduations ceremonies would be held at the Astro Arena in Houston).

1989: Work completed at Katy Elementary, a new office area and library was added. Historical items from the original buildings were incorporated with the reconstruction, such as the 1909 school bell placed over the entrance of the school, and the 1927 building plaque displayed in the front entry way.

1989: Golbow Elementary and Pattison Elementary Schools open.

1991: T.W. McDonald Junior High opens.

1993: Fielder Elementary open.

1994: Bond election passed.

1995: New Katy Jr. High opens, former building converted to Katy High School West Campus (west campus accommodated the largest entering freshman class in KHS history). Hayes Elementary School opens. Leonard Merrell appointed superintendent of schools. A "new addition" of classrooms was completed on Avenue C at Katy Elementary.

1996: Bond election passed. Beck Junior High opens.

1997: McRoberts Elementary School opens.

May, 1998: 551 seniors graduated from KHS at the Astro Hall in Houston.

1998: Alexander Elementary School opens. A new library and hallway addition, completed between the main and west campus at Katy High School.

May, 1999: Making history, the largest graduating class from Katy High School, with 660 seniors walked across the podium at the Astro Hall.

1999: Bond election passed. Cinco Ranch High School opens (8th graders from Beck Jr. High, temporarily housed at CRHS for one school-year due to overcrowding).

2000: McMeans Junior High, Creech Elementary and Williams Elementary open.

2001: Cinco Ranch Junior High opens.

2002: Bond election passed. Students from West Memorial Elementary temporarily used Cinco Ranch High School due to mold issues at the campus. Performing Arts Center and renovations completed at Katy High School, James E. Taylor High School, Mayde Creek High School, and Cinco Ranch High School. A third addition at KHS increased capacity to over 3,000.

2003: Morton Ranch Junior High and a new Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary open.

2004: Morton Ranch High School, Beckendorff Junior High, Exley Elementary, Franz Elementary, Rhoads Elementary and Rylander Elementary Schools open. A new Katy Rodeo arena replaced old facilities south of the administration building and new agriculture barns finished north of Katy. Both sites named for former ag teachers in Katy, L.D. Robinson and Gerald Young. Katy ISD Law Enforcement and District Maintenance building open adjacent to Morton Ranch High School.

2005: Seven Lakes High School opens, Hutsell Elementary expansion completed. Merrell Center opens, and holds high school graduations ceremonies (first held inside the district since 1988).

2006: On February 13, several parents filed a lawsuit against KISD regarding religion. They accused KISD of religious discrimination in several incidents.[3] KISD has released an official statement.

2006: In May, a bond election failed

2006: In August, Griffin Elementary School opens.

2006: In November, a bond election passed, providing for construction of three elementary schools and two junior high schools, along with improvements at twenty-four of the districts facilities. Funds are also provided for updated technical equipment, buses, temporary buildings and future school sites.

2007: Alton Frailey becomes the superintendent of Katy I.S.D., upon the retirement of Leonard Merrell. Stephens Elementary and Woodcreek Elementary open. 1,007 seniors graduate from CRHS (the largest graduating class in KISD history, as of June 2011)

During the 2004-2005 school year Katy ISD began a new and revolutionary program in the history of the district, with the use of random drug testing for all individuals involved in UIL competitive organizations, student leaders of any official school clubs, and anyone wishing to park on campus.[4] This caused much controversy prior to its instatement. Many parents complained to the school district, citing the new policy as the violation of individual rights. The district responded to this by having every student who wished to participate in the said activities sign a waiver granting the school district to test them randomly. This matter had already been settled by the Supreme Court of the United States as constitutional before KISD chose to implement it.[5]

During the 2007-2008 school year a student that was being questioned by officers about passing counterfeit bills to a local merchant led police to a gun and one ounce of marijuana hidden above ceiling tiles in one of the school's locker rooms. He also led authorities to a home in the area where they found manufacturing equipment to make the counterfeit money. Three other students are being investigated for possession of counterfeit money.[6]

2007: On July 5, 2007, the Houston Press posted an article about 12-year-old Shelby Sendelbach, a Mayde Creek Junior High School student who wrote "I Love Alex" on a school gymnasium bench with a marker pen and received three months of disciplinary school assignment as a punishment. The article criticized the district's response and stated that teachers in Japan see the case as the wrong method of punishment [4] [5]. Other news sources from inside and outside the United States followed with media coverage [6] [7][8][9] [10] [11] [12] [13], making the Sendelbach case into a cause célèbre opposing excessive school discipline. ABC News Good Morning America [14] and NHK [15] interviewed Sendelbach. On July 18, the Katy ISD school board reversed the punishment of Sendelbach [16].

2008: Cardiff Junior High, Woodcreek Junior High, Morton Ranch Elementary, Bonnie Holland Elementary, Raines High School (charter school), and Morton Ranch High School 9th Grade Center are opened. Additions at Sundown Elementary, Mayde Creek Elementary and Miller Career & Technology center completed.

2009: Stan Stanley Elementary opened.

2010: $459 million bond referendum (largest in district history) passes. James E. Williams Elementary earns title of BP Science Education Grant Recipient.

2011: At Memorial Parkway Junior High in May, two students were arrested for possession of marijuana and were charged with a misdemeanor and sent to an alternative campus.

2012: Elementary Schools #33, #34, & #35, a rebuilt Wolfe Elementary, & Seven Lakes Junior High will open

2013: High School #7 will open


High Schools

Junior High schools

Elementary schools

Support Facilities

Alternative Education Campus

Katy I.S.D. has done an extensive study and maintains and updates a District Growth and Facilities Planning Study.[17]

The school district owns three large pieces of property for future high schools. High School #7 (which will open in 2013) site is located at the intersection of Gaston Road and Falcon Landing Boulevard. A second future high school site is located on 140 acres (0.57 km2) at the southwest corner of Peek Road and Stockdick School Road, and a third high school site is located on 123.09 acres (0.4981 km2), purchased in 2006, within Cross Creek Ranch (a future 3,000 acre (12 km²) master-planned community east of Fulshear). [18] [19] [20] [21]

Five additional junior high schools (for a total of 17) and 12 more elementary schools (for a total of 44) are planned until the district is built-out, however, the new school sites are only speculated until land and funding is authorized from bond elections.


1934- 263 Students

1954- 615 Students

1961- 727 Students

1971- 1,671 Students

1976- 4,244 Students

1980- 9,762 Students

1981- 10,865 Students

1985- 15,455 Students

1995- 25,336 Students

1996- 26,766 Students

1997- 28,230 Students

1998- 30,126 Students

1999- 32,338 Students

2000- 33,474 Students

2001- 37,195 Students

2002- 39,867 Students

2003- 41,687 Students

2004- 44,483 Students

2005- 47,788 Students

2006- 50,585 Students

2007- 53,634 Students [22]

2008- 56,862 Students

2009- 59,078 Students

2010- 60,977 Students

2011- 62,030 Students


The district population increased from 37,554 in 2001 to over 62,000 in 2011. From 2001 to 2011, the growth of Black and Hispanic students was 10 times that of the growth of White students.[12]

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