Aldine High School

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Aldine Senior High School
Aldine High School Facade 2013.jpg
Address
11101 Airline Drive

Houston, TX 77037

Information
Type Public high school
Established 1932
Principal Walter Stewart[1]
Grades 10-12
Enrollment 2,296 (as of October 2012)[2]
Color(s)      Blue      White
Mascot Mustangs
Information (281) 448-5231
Website

Aldine Senior High School is a public high school located in the Greenspoint district of northern Houston, Texas, United States. It is part of the Aldine Independent School District. The senior high school campus serves grades 10 through 12. The separate Aldine Ninth Grade School hosts students in grade 9.

Location[edit]

Aldine Senior High is located at 11101 Airline Drive, at the intersection of Airline and West Road. Its 2012-2013 attendance boundaries[3] are bordered by the Sam Houston Tollway on the north, the Hardy Toll Road on the east and Veterans Memorial Drive for the majority of the western edge. The southern boundary is the Aldine Independent School District boundary line, which is a straight line about a quarter mile south of Gulf Bank Road extending from the Hardy Toll Road to Veterans Memorial Drive east to west. The North Freeway runs just to the west of the center of the zone north to south.

The approximately 12-square mile attendance zone takes in portions of Houston and unincorporated areas in Harris County in zip codes 77037, 77038, 77060 and 77088. This area includes the neighborhoods of Airline Farms, Blue Bell Village, Colonial Hills, Fallbrook, Greenridge North, Hidden Valley, Imperial Valley, North Shepherd Plaza, Northline Terrace, Oak Glen, Ridgepoint, and several smaller subdivisions. It also takes in numerous multi-family apartment complexes along Airline Drive, Aldine-Bender Road, Blue Bell Road, Fallbrook Drive, Plaza Verde Drive, Veterans Memorial Drive, West Road and Winding Bayou Trace. The school serves portions of the Aldine CDP,[4][5] the Greenspoint District,[6] the Airline Improvement District [7] and the City of Houston's Super Neighborhood 7.[8]

Ratings and Awards[edit]

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) rated Aldine Senior High as "Academically Acceptable" in its 2011 campus accountability report.[9] (Note that the TEA is revising its state accountability ratings criteria for 2013 and as a result, the agency issued no campus ratings in 2012).[10]

In March 2013, San Diego State University's National Center for Urban School Transformation gave Aldine High School its National Excellence in Urban Education Bronze Award.[11]

In April 2013, U.S. News and World Report ranked Aldine Senior High number 178 [12] on its list of best high schools in the state of Texas (out of 1,870) and number 2,036 (out of nearly 22,000) in its list of best high schools in the United States.

In the same month, the organization Children At Risk ranked Aldine Senior High number 77 (out of 150) in the Greater Houston area[13] and number 765 in the state of Texas.

Demographics[edit]

For the 2011-2012 school year, the demographic breakdown of Aldine Senior High was:[14]

  • African American: 12.4%
  • Hispanic: 84.0%
  • White: 1.5%
  • American Indian: 0.0%
  • Asian: 1.6%
  • Pacific Islander: 0.0%
  • Two or More Races: 0.4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 85.3%
  • Limited English Proficient: 9.9%
  • At Risk: 59.1%

Today's demographic breakdown continues a long trend at Aldine Senior High that has seen the campus change from majority white to majority Hispanic over the past 25 years. The TEA reports that for the 1988-1989 school year, Aldine High School had the following demographics:[15]

  • African American: 27.3%
  • Hispanic: 20.3%
  • White: 45.8%
  • Other: 6.6%

Athletics[edit]

Aldine Senior High's mascot is the Mustang and the school colors are blue and white.[16]

Aldine High participates in a variety of boys and girls sports in the University Interscholastic League's (UIL) District 18-5A,[17] including:[18]

  • Baseball
  • Boys Basketball
  • Boys Soccer
  • Boys Track
  • Football
  • Girls Basketball
  • Girls Soccer
  • Girls Track
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

W.W. Thorne Stadium serves as the home of the football and boys and girls soccer teams. The volleyball and boys and girls basketball teams play at the M.O. Campbell Center. Elliot Lansford Field hosts boys baseball games and the AISD Softball Complex is the home of the girls softball team.

Since its founding, Aldine High School has had several of its teams advance to state tournaments and finals, with squads in two sports winning championships.

The Aldine boys' basketball team reached the Class 3A state semifinals in 1960, but lost to the eventual champion Lamesa Golden Tornadoes, 51-48.[19]

The boys' baseball team won the 1970 Class 4A state championship, defeating the Bellaire Cardinals in a 4-0 no-hitter.[20]

The Aldine Senior High football team won the 1990 Class 5A Division II state championship, beating the Arlington Lamar Vikings 27-10.[21] ESPN named the 1990 Aldine Mustangs its mythical National Champions following the game.[22] The win came a year after Aldine fell 28-14 to the Odessa Permian Panthers in the 1989 Class 5A finals.[23] The Mustangs also advanced to the state 5A Division II semifinal rounds in 1991 (losing 20-13 to the San Antonio Marshall Rams)[24] and 1996 (dropping a 42-21 decision to the eventual state champion Austin Westlake Chapparals).[25][26]

Clubs and Extracurricular Activities[edit]

Aldine Senior High students can partake in a number of clubs and extra-curricular activities, including:[27]

  • Band
  • Business Professionals of America (BPA)
  • Cheerleaders
  • Choir
  • Debate
  • Drama
  • Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Future Farmers of America (FFA)
  • History Fair
  • Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)
  • JROTC - Air Force
  • Ladies of Distinction (LOD)
  • National Honor Society
  • National Art Honor Society
  • National Spanish Honor Society
  • National Technical Honor Society
  • National Technical Honor Society
  • Science Fair
  • Student Council
  • Student Venture
  • Technology Students of America (TSA)
  • Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE)
  • Spelling Team
  • Vaqueras
  • Yearbook

Feeder Pattern[edit]

Ninth Grade schools that feed directly into Aldine Senior High School include:

Middle schools in Aldine Senior High School's feeder system include:

Intermediate schools in Aldine Senior High School's feeder system include:

  • Eckert Intermediate
  • Hill Intermediate
  • Marcella Intermediate
  • Stehlik Intermediate

Elementary schools in Aldine Senior High School's feeder system include:

  • Black Elementary
  • Bussey Elementary
  • Carroll Academy
  • Goodman Elementary
  • Gray Elementary
  • Odom Elementary
  • Thompson Elementary

History[edit]

Origins (1932 - 1933)[edit]

The history of what is today Aldine Senior High School predates the 1935 creation of the Aldine Independent School District (AISD).

In the early 1930s, Harris County Common School District 29 (the predecessor to AISD) operated four wooden frame schoolhouses for white students in grades 1-7. These were scattered throughout the district in the unincorporated Aldine, Brubaker, Higgs and Westfield communities.[28] (Black students attended separate schoolhouses in Higgs and Westfield.)[29]

On June 18, 1932, District 29 residents approved a $40,000 bond to consolidate the white schoolhouses into one new, centralized school.[30] The new building was to be located just east of Aldine, as it was near the geographic center of the district.[31]

Plans were quickly drawn for a two-story, red brick campus that would contain 12 classrooms and an auditorium.[32] It would house primary grades 1-7 and also allow the district to offer the first two years of high school (grades 8 and 9).[33] (Previously, District 29 students who wanted a high school education had to commute to Houston's Jefferson Davis High. However, school attendance in Texas during the early 1930s was not compulsory past age 14.)[34]

When the 1932-33 academic year began, high school students met at Memorial Baptist Church, then located at East Montgomery Road (today's Airline Drive) and Gulf Bank Road, until construction on the new building could be completed.[35]

The S.M.N. Marrs School (1933 - 1936)[edit]

The new, as yet unnamed school opened in February 1933 at the intersection of Aldine-Bender Road and Aldine-Westfield, in what was then rural north central Harris County, 13 miles from Houston. The school was immediately filled to capacity.[36]

Marrs School circa 1947

Intensifying the crowded conditions, District 29 added grades 10 and 11 for the 1933-34 school year to complete what was then considered a full secondary education program.[37] (Twelfth grade was not common in rural Texas schools in the 1930s.)[38]

Overcrowding caused the district to move the old Aldine frame schoolhouse to the Marrs site to accommodate overflow.[39] Eventually, overcrowding became so severe that by 1935 the auditorium was partitioned into three classrooms to make room for more students.[40]

Sometime in 1933, or no later than early 1934, the school was named for S.M.N. Marrs, a state superintendent of public instruction who had recently passed away.[41] Marrs had championed rural education and financially weak school districts in his tenure.[42]

On May 25, 1934, S.M.N. Marrs School graduated its first high school class, consisting of nine students.[43]

In January 1935, the first known Marrs School athletic team participated in varsity competition. The boys basketball team, playing as Aldine High School (rural Texas high schools often competed under the local community name rather than the actual school name, if different), took on a Spring high school squad.[44]

On May 4, 1935, voters in District 29 approved creation of the Aldine Independent School District (AISD).[45]

In the fall of 1935, the high school opened a new gymnasium/auditorium. As AISD was then operating with meager funds, the district struck a deal with an area oil company to use salvaged lumber from a nearby producing field to construct the facility.[46][47]

Marrs High School (1936 - 1948)[edit]

With the S.M.N. Marrs School overflowing, AISD voters approved a $25,000 bond for construction of a new 10-classroom junior/senior high school building on September 7, 1935.[48] This new building opened in 1936 next door to the Marrs School on Aldine-Westfield Road.[49] It, too, was named S.M.N. Marrs. The older building continued in use for many more years as an elementary school and later an alternative education center. Today it still exists as the Ellen Lane School.

Marrs High School circa 1939

The Marrs football team, christened the Aldine Mustangs by a student vote, debuted in October 1936 vs the La Porte Bulldogs.[50]

Marrs High was expanded in the fall of 1939. The school constructed a six-classroom wing as well as a detached agriculture building and a home economics cottage.[51]

AISD and Marrs High added twelfth grade for the 1941-42 school year, as mandated by the state of Texas.[52]

The First Aldine High School (1948 - 1954)[edit]

Needing to accommodate a rapidly growing student population, AISD opened yet another high school located immediately to the north of S.M.N. Marrs High in the spring of 1948.[53] This campus was officially named Aldine High School, the first to formally bear that name. The former Marrs High School was turned into a junior high. Part of its structure, and several classrooms, were incorporated into the successor Aldine Middle School, built on the same site several years later and still in use today.

The first Aldine High School in 1948

Several months later, the school's 1935-era wood frame gymnasium/auditorium burned to the ground on November 19, 1948, along with the adjacent old Aldine schoolhouse.[54] The blaze took place just hours before Aldine High School's annual Homecoming dance.

Aldine High added a six-classroom wing in 1953.[55]

On November 24, 1954, the main Aldine High School building was destroyed by a six-alarm fire.[56] The fire destroyed nearly all student records and textbooks. Aldine students had to attended classes in shifts in the older junior high building until a new school could be built.

Modern Aldine High School (1956 – present)[edit]

In September 1956, a replacement campus was opened nearly five miles to the west at 11101 Airline Drive at West Road, on the site of the former Gulf Coast Airport.[57]

Aldine Senior High, along with all other Aldine Independent School District (AISD) schools at the time, canceled classes April 16 and 17, 1959, after AISD teachers walked off the job because the district was broke and couldn't make its payroll.[58] The Texas Legislature authorized the selling of $200,000 of time warrants to tide the district over until the end of the school year. However, AISD teachers walked out again on April 30, 1959. The teachers were not paid that time because feuding school board officials could not agree on who should be allowed to sign district paychecks and the district's bank would not issue checks until the matter was resolved. The second walkout lasted through May 19, 1959.[59]

Facade of current Aldine High School in 1961

In March 1965, AISD was ordered by a United States federal court to desegregate its schools, including Aldine High School.[60] (Aldine High School was ordered to be integrated by September 1, 1967.) This order was strengthened in 1977[61] and remained in effect until 2003, when it was rescinded.[62]

Aldine Senior High hosted the inaugural classes of North Harris County College, consisting of 613 students, in September 1973.[63]

A white Aldine High student was stabbed to death on April 8, 1975, by a black student who was trying to cut in the cafeteria line.[64] Although authorities could find no racial motivation in the crime, the Ku Klux Klan burned a cross on the Aldine High lawn two days later to protest the murder.[65]

Five Aldine Senior High band members were injured September 8, 1977, when a section of the home-side bleachers at the on-campus Aldine Athletic Stadium collapsed prior to an Aldine–Carver football game.[66]

The next year, Aldine High School took in about 175 Carver students[67] when that school was turned into an alternative education campus as a result of the 1977 federal desegregation order.[68]

Another federal judge ruled in May 1982 that the lyrics to the Aldine School Song, which begin with the words, "Dear God, please bless our school...", were religious in nature and that school and/or district officials could no longer lead or organize singing of the song at school events.[69]

The Aldine High School band marched in the 1993 inaugural parade for President Bill Clinton.[70]

In 1998, Aldine's ninth graders were moved to a new campus, Aldine Ninth Grade School, located behind the main campus along the North Freeway.[71] This was done, in part, to ease overcrowding, but also to make the transition to high school easier for freshmen.[72]

Aldine High School introduced four career-centered academies to its instructional program in 2005.[73] Students may choose from business and fine arts, industrial and engineering, health and human services, and law and public service. Academy students share the same teachers for their core academic courses, such as language arts, math, science and social studies. They may shift to other academies for electives.

Since its initial construction, several additions and renovations to the 1956-era campus have been made. The vocational wing was expanded in 1960, along with a paved student parking lot.[74] In 1970, the "400 Hall" wing was added, the "300 Hall" was expanded with more science labs and classrooms, and the cafeteria was enlarged to include a snack bar area.[75] Three years later, a new wing altered the front facade of the school, adding two new halls of classrooms, new administrative offices, a teacher's lounge, a new band hall and more library space.[76] Air conditioning was also added to most of the school around that time. An expansion of the gym (including the addition of a second, smaller gym) followed in 1978.[77] In 1997, additional classroom wings were added to the facade of the school.[78] Additional locker rooms were included as part of this expansion. A new Fine Arts wing was added in 2010, including a new band hall and renovations for the choir and drama rooms.[79] Several renovations on the older wings have also taken place over the years, including a major renovation of the cafeteria completed in 2009.[80]

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Coordinates: 29°55′00″N 95°24′28″W / 29.9166123°N 95.4077159°W / 29.9166123; -95.4077159