Houston High School (Germantown, Tennessee)

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Houston High School
Motto "The Best Getting Better"
Type Public High School
Principal Kyle Cherry
Faculty 130 (2011)
Students Approximately 1700
Grades 9–12
Location 9755 Wolf River Blvd.,
Germantown, Tennessee, USA
Colors Black & Silver         
Mascot Mustang
Newspaper 'The Pony Express'
Website [2]

Houston High School is a fully accredited public high school located in Germantown, Tennessee, serving students in grades 9–12. The school was previously one of eight high schools operating in the Shelby County Schools (Tennessee)|Shelby County School District. The principal is Kyle Cherry. Houston Middle School, Southwind Middle School, and Schilling Farms Middle School are the main feeder schools to Houston High. However, since becoming a part of the Germantown Municipal School District (GMSD) in 2014, feeder schools are Riverdale School and Houston Middle School.


Houston High School was established in 1989. Houston is also well known in Shelby County for its athletics, receiving the "Best of the Preps" recognition in the Shelby County Schools for the last sixteen years (1999–2014). [1] 2014 will be the last year of eligibility for H.H.S. in the Best of the Preps awards, as it transitions to the GMSD.

In 2004, Houston High School added an annex to accommodate the rapid influx of students during several years of rezoning on the part of the County system. Student populations swelled to around 2200 total, but have since been reduced to the "normal" size for the school, around 1700.

1994 Tornado[edit]

On November 27, 1994 a strong F2 tornado tore through the school and the surrounding area, causing significant damage to the school. Large sections of wall, windows and parts of the roof were severely damaged by the tornado. The damage was so great, in fact, the school was condemned and the next month was spent making repairs. [2]


The Houston Mustangs football program has produced college players, with the most notable alumni being New England Patriots Defensive Tackle David Nugent[3] and Washington Redskins Defensive End Jeremy Jarmon.[4]

Former Mustang pitcher Matt Cain is currently in the starting rotation for the San Francisco Giants.[5]


The Houston High School Band has been awarded several awards. Recently the band traveled to New York City to perform in Carnegie Hall.[6] The marching band has been given many awards, notably the Chancellor's Cup for the Large School division in the Vanderbilt Marching Invitational for 6 of the last 8 years (as of 2014). [7][8]

Trimester system[edit]

Houston High School was one of two Shelby County Schools (Tennessee)|Shelby County Schools (the other being Millington High School) that changed over to a trimester schedule in the 2010–2011 school year. [9]

As of the school year 2013-2014, Houston High School has switched back to the semester semester schedule.[10]

Houston High School's student body is approximately 51% male and 49% female


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