Cinco Ranch High School

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Cinco Ranch High School
Cinco Ranch High School.jpg
Address
23440 Cinco Ranch Boulevard
Katy, TX, 77494
USA
Coordinates 29°44′43″N 95°46′46″W / 29.74528°N 95.77944°W / 29.74528; -95.77944Coordinates: 29°44′43″N 95°46′46″W / 29.74528°N 95.77944°W / 29.74528; -95.77944
Information
Type Free public
Established 1999
School district Katy Independent School District
Principal James Cross
Faculty 179[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 3,167 (2014)
Campus size 66 acres
Campus type Suburban
Color(s)           Maroon and White
Mascot Cougar
Website

Cinco Ranch High School is a public high school located in unincorporated Fort Bend County, Texas, United States that serves grades 9 through 12 as part of the Katy Independent School District. It is located off Cinco Ranch Boulevard within the community of Cinco Ranch. The school opened in 1999.

The school was rated the 3rd best high school in 2007 tied with Clements High School in the Houston region by the Houston Chronicle.[2] In 2010, Cinco Ranch High School was ranked 478th out of America's top 2,000 public high schools surpassing its regional academic rival Seven Lakes High School, which dropped to 689th in rankings.

The school was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2008.[3][4]

History[edit]

Cinco Ranch High School opened in the fall of 1999 after a $143 million bond issue was passed in the spring of 1996 and another $324 million bond was passed in 1999 allowing for funding. [5] In the initial years, the school played host to displaced students from other Katy ISD schools including 8th graders displaced by overcrowding at Beck Junior High School in the 1999-2000 school year. Other re-locations include students from West Memorial Elementary that moved to Cinco Ranch after the elementary encountered mold related issues in 2002.

The original building, built in 1999, has been expanded. It consists of a central rotunda, where the cafeteria, offices, and library are located. Attached to this are two long hallways running in opposite directions, which house classrooms. At the end of one of the hallways are the athletic facilities, including a natatorium, workout facility, gymnasiums, fields, and a stadium. At the end of the other hallway, on the opposite end of the school, are the fine arts rehearsal facilities, black box theatre, and the freshman center. The original facility was built on a 66-acre (270,000 m2) site by PBK Architects to support a maximum of 2,800 students.[6] The school has a net building area of 433,000 sq ft (40,200 m2). and cost of $37,507,000.[7]

The school benefited from the expanding budgets of KISD, which could be attributed to rapid growth in the surrounding areas and the addition of Katy Mills Mall, which, through taxes, gave a large boost to KISD funds. In 2001, many of the KISD high schools received renovations, and all received new performing arts centers (PACs). The KISD high schools also received additions of ninth grade centers, which may be attributed to the belief by the district that younger students benefit from an eased transition into high school. The PAC and 9th Grade Center were added to the fine arts end of the hallway at a cost of $11,356,050.[8] The addition of the Performing Arts Center has improved the quality of both theatrical and musical productions. The department includes the orchestra, choir, band, visual arts, and theater productions.

The secondary expansion, along with 9th grade gyms and offices, made for a very long and narrow two-story building with a total length of one quarter mile. This "tunnel effect" creates an environment for indoor running in the summer. Another large athletic accoutrement, added in 2004, is a hill more than 30 feet (9.1 m) tall with a paved running track paved to facilitate track runner training.

Past principals of Cinco Ranch High School include Lowell Strike (1999–2004) and Bonnie Brasic (2004–2009). James Cross has served as principal since 2009.

State championships[edit]

  • 2004 Texas 5-A Boys' Track & Field State Champions[9]
  • 2005 Texas 5-A Boys' Track & Field State Champions[9]
  • 2006 Texas 5-A UIL Lincoln Douglas Debate Champion
  • 2007 Texas 5-A UIL Lincoln Douglas Debate Champion
  • 2007 Texas 5-A Wrestling State Champions[dubious ]
  • 2010 Texas 5-A UIL News Writing Champion, also winning Tops of Texas

Academics[edit]

In April 2007, Cinco Ranch was rated by the Houston Chronicle as the third best high school in the Houston area, preceded only by the High School for Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) and YES College Preparatory. Included in this ranking were TAKS scores, graduation rates, ACT, SAT, and AP testing rates and scores, class size, teacher experience, and percentage of students from poor families.[citation needed]

In 2008, Cinco Ranch was named a National Blue Ribbon School.[10]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Athletics[edit]

In 2007, the Cinco Ranch Wrestling team won the Texas State Championships for high school wrestling.[citation needed]

Debate[edit]

The Cinco Ranch Debate Team won the 5A UIL State Championship in Lincoln-Douglas Debate in both 2006[11] and 2007.[12]

Journalism[edit]

The 2001-2002 yearbook, "Panorama", made news. When the yearbook publisher agreed to reprint the book with various corrections, school administrators asked that some essays be removed. These included an essay about a homosexual student “coming out”. A school administrator said that the yearbook was not an appropriate platform for the story. The yearbook was printed without the essay.[13]

Feeder patterns[edit]

The following elementary schools feed into Cinco Ranch High School:[14]

  • Fielder Elementary School
  • Williams Elementary School
  • Creech Elementary School
  • Exley Elementary School (partial)
  • Griffin Elementary School (partial)
  • Rylander Elementary School (partial)

The following junior high schools feed into Cinco Ranch High School:

  • Beck Junior High School
  • Cinco Ranch Junior High School

Enrollment trends[edit]

After opening, Cinco Ranch High School steadily grew to over 3,600 students due to the rapid expansion of the Katy area. However, enrollment has decreased due to the opening of nearby Seven Lakes High School in 2005. Cinco Ranch High School's maximum capacity is 3,000 students.[15][not in citation given]

  • 1999-2000 = 828
  • 2000-2001 = 1,541
  • 2001-2002 = 2,300
  • 2002-2003 = 2,745
  • 2003-2004 = 3,235
  • 2004-2005 = 3,601
  • 2005-2006 = 3,288
  • 2006-2007 = 3,070
  • 2007-2008 = 2,788
  • 2008-2009 = 2,840
  • 2009-2010 = 2,872
  • 2010-2011 = 2,989
  • 2011-2012 = 3,056
  • 2012-2013 = 3,101
  • 2013-2014 = 3,194
  • 2014-2015 = 3,167

Demographics[edit]

For the 2011-12 school year:[15]

  • Black: 6.3%
  • Hispanic: 19.9%
  • White: 58.0%
  • American Indian: 0.1%
  • Asian: 14.4%
  • Pacific Islander: 0.1%
  • Two or More Races: 1.1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 9.8%

Newsweek Ranking[edit]

Newsweek annually ranks the top 2,000 public high schools in the nation out of the approximately 27,000 that exist in the country. Cinco Ranch has made this list for at least the past five years.[16]

  • 2013 = 477th
  • 2012 = 354th
  • 2011 = unranked
  • 2010 = 500th
  • 2009 = 468th
  • 2008 = 968th
  • 2007 = 515th
  • 2006 = 676th

References and footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ KISD Profile Cinco Ranch, July 2, 2006
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Twenty-six Texas public schools named NCLB- Blue Ribbons Schools[dead link]." Texas Education Agency. September 9, 2008.
  4. ^ "Feds award 26 Texas schools with 'blue ribbon'." Houston Chronicle. September 9, 2008.
  5. ^ Sandra Bretting (2005). Katy Might Call Bond Election, Houston Chronicle, February 17, 2005
  6. ^ America's Schoolhouse Council (1998-2005). Cinco Ranch High School
  7. ^ PBK Architects. Cinco Ranch High School Primedia Business Magazines & Media
  8. ^ PBK (Houston). Ninth Grade Centers & Performing Arts Centers at Four High Schools, Primedia Business Magazines & Media
  9. ^ a b UIL Boys Track & Field State Champions
  10. ^ http://www.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/2008/2008-schools.pdf
  11. ^ "UIL Spring Meet 2006 - Meet Composite". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  12. ^ "UIL Spring Meet 2007 - Meet Composite". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2006-05-04. 
  13. ^ "Two Houston area schools censor stories about gay students". Student Press Law Center. May 24, 2002. Retrieved 2007-10-15. 
  14. ^ KISD. "KISD Feeder Patterns". KISD. Retrieved 2006-12-13. [dead link]
  15. ^ a b Cinco Ranch High School, Katy TX School Profile, Ranking, and Reviews - SchoolDigger.com
  16. ^ America's Best High Schools: The List - Newsweek and The Daily Beast

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