Hightower High School
|Hightower High School|
|3333 Hurricane Lane
Missouri City, Texas
|School district||Fort Bend ISD|
|Principal||Viretta J. West|
|Enrollment||2,274 (Spring 2012)|
|Schedule type||A/B block schedule|
|Color(s)||Hunter green, Silver, and Black|
|Accreditation||Texas Education Agency and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools|
|2011 TEA Rating||Academically Acceptable|
|Magnet program(s)||Academies for medical sciences, engineering, computer media, and television production|
|Website||Hightower High School|
Hightower is administered by Fort Bend Independent School District and its mascot is Poseidon, but they are known as the Hightower Hurricanes.
Hightower serves parts of Missouri City. The school also serves the city of Arcola, the unincorporated area of Fresno, the neighborhood of Lake Shore Harbour, and the master-planned community of Sienna Plantation, which is located in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Missouri City. In addition, Hightower serves the unincorporated area of Juliff.
Hightower opened on August 13, 1998 and was dedicated on October 11 of the same year. The $35 million school campus, when opened, had fewer than 600 students and 50 teachers. The school only served Freshmen and Sophomore classes during its first year.
Debbie Dunlap was the first principal. She said that her style of managing the school was "to be supportive. I just let the teachers do their jobs." Todd Spivak of the Houston Press said that Dunlap "was hailed for assembling a staff that some say included the best high school teachers in the Houston area" and that the school "quickly gained a reputation for academic excellence and became a destination school for veteran teachers." Dunlap left her position in 2003 so she could work for a teacher certification company.
Patricia Paquin became the next principal. Many of the teachers that were at the school during Dunlap's term as principal left during Paquin's term. During each year of Paquin's term, until 2006, between 35 to 55 teachers left. Todd Spivak of the Houston Press said that many teachers believed that Paquin micromanaged too closely.
In the 2005-2006 school year, Paquin gave over 1,800 suspensions. Spivak said "This would appear to indicate the work of a strict disciplinarian. But many teachers and parents say student behavior at Hightower is getting only worse, with fights breaking out on a regular basis."
Pavlos Karnezis, a 12th grade honors student who was sent to jail and later expelled from school for bringing a knife to class in November 2005. Paquin could have chosen lighter stipulations for Karnezis' expulsion. Despite the fact that teachers had vouched for his character, Paquin had chosen the most severe punishment possible, sentencing him to a boot camp. Karnezis' parents, Thomas and Kathy, fought and had the entire expulsion decision overturned in 2006, allowing Karnezis to return to class.
By 2006 Hightower had over 2,600 students and 140 teachers.
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Hightower High School, in 2006, was one of the district's only two high schools with block scheduling. Todd Spivak of the Houston Press said during that year that the school "is considered the most innovative of the district's seven public high schools".
Hightower has specialized academies that offer specialized education for gifted students.
The Medical Sciences Academy allows motivated students meet academic challenges and have opportunities to explore world class medical facilities. Courses such as Medical Terminology, Medical Ethics, and much more help to form the basis of knowledge for a medical career. Also, a Medical Science Internship is offered in which students may develop a hands-on experience of the environment in a hospital through volunteer activity.
The Telecommunications Media Academy allows students to focus on using the computer as a creative tool. Classes are designed to teach technical proficiency in a broad range of software while encouraging innovative design.Graduates from the Graphics & Digital Media strand have the skills to create still graphics, animations, and interactive media using industry standard software. Many specialized courses are available for the many different areas of graphical production.
The Broadcast Media Academy offers students with the opportunity to create masterpiece media productions. Students will be able to experience hands-on activities that resemble realistic media. Courses allow students to use real world equipment and professional programs to create their works. Also, students are able to assume the roles of professionals and direct their own news-broadcasting channel known as HTV.
The Engineering Academy offers students the opportunity to learn additional Engineering based curriculum such as CAD design, advanced Physics, and more. Classes were designed to provide additional experience to prepare students for early college courses. The Engineering Academy also supported Hightower's Robotic Team. Seniors in the Engineering Academy could have the opportunity to have an internship with Texas Instruments. During the 2012-2013 school year, the Engineering Academy began transitioning to Elkins High School.
In 2006, 75% of the school's student body was African American and Hispanic.
In 2006, Hightower qualified 16 students for the National HOSA competition in Anaheim, of which all 16 placed top 4 or higher in their respective categories. In addition, 2 students qualified for the FBLA national competition in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 2007, Hightower High School qualified 31 students for the National HOSA Conference in Orlando, Florida, the most out of any school in the nation. They will compete in mid-June, 2007.
In 2008, Hightower High School qualified 38 students for the National HOSA Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas. The team earned one gold, nine silver and eight bronze medals. Team members Jonathan Vo and Matthew Lei were also named to the mastery level of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Current Events Roster based on their placement in the top 10 in the United States.
In 2010, Hightower High School qualified 34 students for the National HOSA Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida. The team earned 2 gold, 4 silver, and 2 bronze medals along with 15 other finalists that placed top 10 or higher.
Hightower High School also has an active Robotics team, which has placed in several local and statewide competitions.
- Heritage Rose(partial)
The following middle schools (Not counting the kids from other schools who go for the academies) feed into Hightower:
- Baines (partial)
- Lake Olympia (partial)
- Quail Valley (partial)
- D. J. Augustin - Former point guard for the University of Texas Longhorns and recently drafted to the Charlotte Bobcats. (Class of 2006)
- Doug Delony - FOX 26 / KRIV Houston television news personality.
- Dhrumil Patel - The Next Big Thing founder and creator 
- Cory Rodgers - Former NFL football player for the Green Bay Packers, and current player for the BC Lions. (Class of 2002)
- Herbert Taylor - Current NFL Football player for the Kansas City Chiefs. (Class of 2002)
- "Hightower High School About Page Link". Fort Bend Independent School District. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- Solomon, Jerome. "FOOTBALL 1997/HIGH SCHOOLS/FORT BEND BONANZA/Phillips, Dulles in hunt to add to town's memories." Houston Chronicle. Thursday August 28, 1997. Special 33. Retrieved on December 31, 2011.
- "Campus History." Fort Bend Independent School District. Retrieved on December 31, 2011.
- Spivak, Todd. "Cut Short." Houston Press. Thursday June 26, 2006. 3. Retrieved on December 31, 2011.
- Spivak, Todd. "Cut Short." Houston Press. Thursday June 26, 2006. 4. Retrieved on December 31, 2011.
- Spivak, Todd. "Cut Short." Houston Press. Thursday June 26, 2006. 1-3. Retrieved on December 31, 2011.
- Spivak, Todd. "Cut Short." Houston Press. Thursday June 26, 2006. 4-6. Retrieved on December 31, 2011.
- HOSA 2006 National Leadership Conference Winners
- Hightower Robotics website
- FBISD Elementary School Attendance Zones
- FBISD High School Attendance Zones
- FBISD Middle School Attendance Zones
- DJ Augustin Biography - Texas Longhorns DJ Augustin Biography - DJ Augustin Bio
- MyFox Houston | Doug 'My Tech Guy' Delony
- BC Lions :: Official Site of the BC Lions
- Player Bio: Herbert Taylor :: Football
- http://www.nfhs.org/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=3247 NFHS National High School rule book
- Hightower High School
- HHS Robotics
- Hightower VIPS
- HHS Red Cross
- Marching Hurricane Band