Davis High School (Houston, Texas)

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Davis High School

Jefferson Davis High School is a secondary school located at 1101 Quitman in the Near Northside neighborhood of Northside, Houston, Texas with a ZIP code of 77009. It was named after Jefferson Davis, the only president of the Confederate States of America.

The school, which serves grades 9 through 12, is a part of the Houston Independent School District. The mascot of Davis is the panther.[1]

The school also has a Hotel and Restaurant Management magnet program.

History[edit]

In 1993, project GRAD (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams) was founded at Davis High by former Tenneco CEO James Ketelsen. The program provides scholarships to students as incentive to complete high school and enroll in college.[2] During that year, Davis High School abolished its six class per day scheduling and adopted block scheduling with a total of eight classes and four classes per day.[3]

In 2007, a Johns Hopkins University/Associated Press study cited Davis and 41 other Houston-areas schools as "dropout factories."[4]

However, beginning in 2006 dropout rates decreased from a high of 6.1% first to 5.0% in 2007, then to 1.8% in 2008, and 0.9% in 2009. Total graduate count rose from 237 in 2005-2006 to 305 in 2008-2009.[5]

Neighborhoods served by Davis[edit]

Davis High School serves[6] Near Northside, Northside Village, Irvington, Lindale Park, a portion of the Fifth Ward,[7] and most of Downtown Houston. The school also serves Irvington Place, a public housing unit and Fulton Village, a mixed-income unit.

School uniforms[edit]

All Davis students are required to wear school uniforms. The uniform consists of a collared or sans collared shirt colored purple, gray, black, or white, and a pair of pants, shorts, or a skirt that is khaki, navy, black, or denim.[2]

The Texas Education Agency specified that the parents and/or guardians of students zoned to Davis may apply for a waiver to opt out of the uniform policy so their children do not have to wear the uniform; parents must specify "bona fide" reasons, such as religious reasons or philosophical objections.

Student body[edit]

During the 2006-2007 school year, 1,577 students were enrolled at Davis.[8]

About 85% of the students were Hispanic American, and 12% of the students were African American. Also, 2% of the students were White American. Less than one percent of the students were Asian American. Less than one percent of the students was Native American. About 80% of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Feeder patterns[edit]

Elementary schools feeding into Davis include:[6]

Partial:

All of Marshall Middle School's attendance zone is within the Davis High School attendance zone.[21]

Middle schools that have portions of their attendance boundaries zoned to Davis include:

Alumni[edit]

This is a partial list of notable alumni of Davis High School.

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jefferson Davis High School". Houston Independent School District. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  2. ^ Radcliffe, Jennifer (2006-07-01). "Project GRAD Facing More Challenges". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  3. ^ "GOING BY DIFFERENT BOOKS/Campuses tailor policy to own needs." Houston Chronicle. Sunday August 8, 1993. C1. Retrieved on July 3, 2010.
  4. ^ Scharrer, Gary. "Report points to 'dropout factories'." Houston Chronicle. November 7, 2007. Retrieved on July 3, 2010.
  5. ^ HISD Public Information School Profile. "[1]." Retrieved on September 12, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Davis High School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  7. ^ Fifth Ward, Houston from the Handbook of Texas Online Retrieved on June 25, 2009.
  8. ^ "Jefferson Davis High School". Houston Independent School District Profiles 2006-2007. Houston Independent School District. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  9. ^ "Looscan Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  10. ^ "C. Martinez Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  11. ^ "Ross Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  12. ^ "Blackshear Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  13. ^ "Crawford Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  14. ^ "Crockett Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  15. ^ "Gregory-Lincoln Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  16. ^ "Herrera Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  17. ^ "Jefferson Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  18. ^ "Ketelsen Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  19. ^ "Ross Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  20. ^ "Travis Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  21. ^ "Marshall Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  22. ^ "Burbank Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  23. ^ "Fleming Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  24. ^ "Gregory-Lincoln Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  25. ^ "Key Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  26. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Distinguished HISD Alumni." Houston Independent School District.
  27. ^ Frank Carswell Statistics and History. Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  28. ^ http://mendoza4judge.com/

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