James E. Taylor High School

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James E. Taylor
Katy Taylor HS Crest.png
Address
20700 Kingsland Boulevard
Katy, Texas, Harris County, 77494
United States
Coordinates 29°46′39″N 95°43′57″W / 29.777496°N 95.732438°W / 29.777496; -95.732438Coordinates: 29°46′39″N 95°43′57″W / 29.777496°N 95.732438°W / 29.777496; -95.732438
Information
Type Public
Motto "Taylor Made For Success"
Established 1979
School district Katy ISD
Principal Jeff Stocks
Faculty 210
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,908 (as of 2013–2014)
Color(s)          
Athletics conference UIL Class 6A
Mascot Mustang
Rivals Seven Lakes High School
Cinco Ranch High School
Morton Ranch High School
Tompkins High School
Mayde Creek High School
Katy High School
Newspaper Mane Event
Yearbook Stampede
Website

James E. Taylor High School is a public high school in Harris County, Texas, near but not within the city of Katy. The school, which serves grades 9 through 12, is part of Katy Independent School District. Established in 1979, Taylor High School is a Blue Ribbon School and is ranked among the best in graduation rates, SAT scores, college admittance, and AP scores in the nation.[1] In 2013 the school was ranked the 536th "Best High School in the Nation" by Newsweek Magazine.[2]

Namesake[edit]

James "Jimmy" Edgar Taylor (1912–1997) was born on October 25, 1912 in North Zulch, Texas. He attended Madisonville High School and received a master's degree in education from Texas A&M University. He was a lieutenant in the United States Army for four years during World War II.

He began his career as a teacher in North Zulch and then a high school principal in Junction. He moved to Katy as superintendent, and remained so for 31 years. During his tenure, Katy ISD grew from a Class A district to one which opened its second Class 5A high school in 1979, named James E. Taylor High School.

James Taylor was a member of Katy First United Methodist Church for 40 years and served as Chairman of the Official Board for two terms. As well, Taylor served 10 years on the Harris County Board of Education.[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

Academics[edit]

  • 5A Academic Decathlon National Champions: 1997, 2000[4]
  • 5A Academic Decathlon State Champions: 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001[4]
  • National Blue Ribbon School: 1994, 1995, 1996
  • State nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching: 1999
  • Texas Business and Education Coalition Just For the Kids Honor Roll: 2003[5]
  • Texas Education Agency Exemplary School: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003[5]
  • UIL 5A Academics State Social Studies Champions: 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011[4]
  • UIL 5A Academics State Spelling Champions: 2011[4]
  • UIL 5A Academics State Champions: 2004, 2007[4]
  • UIL 5A Academics State Computer Science Champions: 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007[4]

Athletics[edit]

  • UIL 5A wrestling state champions (women): 2006[4]
  • UIL 5A swimming and diving state champions (men): 2001, 2003[4]
  • UIL 5A tennis state team champions: 1997, 1998, 2002[6]
  • UIL 5A tennis state doubles champions (women): 2008, 2011[4]
  • UIL 5A soccer state champions (women): 2006[4]
  • UIL 5A tennis singles champions (men):1999, 2004, 2007 2011, 2013

Engineering and science[edit]

  • TCEA State Programming Champions: 2005, 2008[4]
  • American Computer Science League - International Competition First Place: 2006
  • HP Code Wars Champions: 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008[4]
  • Texas A&M Regional Science Bowl champions: 2006

Notable alumni[edit]

Arts and entertainment[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Newsweek rankings[edit]

Newsweek Magazine annually compiles a list of "America's Top Public High Schools," and Taylor has been listed since its inception in 2003.

  • 2013: 536 [2]
  • 2012: 599 [10]
  • 2011: 259 [11]
  • 2010: 1,040 [12]
  • 2009: 1,116 [13]
  • 2008: 771 [14]
  • 2007: 798 [15]
  • 2006: 641 [16]
  • 2005: 479 [17]
  • 2004: Newsweek did not compile a list
  • 2003: 377

Feeder patterns[edit]

The following junior high schools feed into Taylor High School:

  • Memorial Parkway Junior High
  • McMeans Junior High
  • West Memorial Junior High (a very small portion)

The following elementary schools feed into Taylor High School:

  • Nottingham Country Elementary
  • Pattison Elementary
  • Memorial Parkway Elementary
  • Exley Elementary (partial)
  • Jeanette Hayes Elementary
  • Wolfe Elementary (partial)
  • West Memorial Elementary (a very small portion)

Taylor attendance boundaries were adjusted in 2010 so that all of McMeans Junior High School now attends Taylor High School.[18][19]

Enrollment trends[edit]

  • 2013: 2,908
  • 2012: 2,844
  • 2011: 2,750
  • 2010: 2,693
  • 2009: 2,522
  • 2008: 2,692 [20]
  • 2007: 2,734
  • 2006: 2,828
  • 2005: 2,769
  • 2004: 2,650
  • 2003: 2,558
  • 2002: 2,558
  • 2001: 2,601
  • 2000: 2,786
  • 1999: 3,119
  • 1998: 2,721
  • 1997: 2,475 [21]
  • 1996: 2,223
  • 1995: 2,223
  • 1994: 1,848
  • 1993: 1,662
  • 1992: 1,531
  • 1991: 1,434
  • 1990: 1,338
  • 1989: 1,274
  • 1988: 1,218
  • 1987: 1,486

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "2013 America's Best High Schools - Newsweek and The Daily Beast". Thedailybeast.com. 1951-08-02. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  3. ^ "Katy ISD - THS". Kisdwebs.katyisd.org. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "THS Awards and Accomplishments". Kisdwebs.katyisd.org. 2012-10-15. Retrieved 2014-08-07. 
  5. ^ a b "Katy ISD - THS". Kisdwebs.katyisd.org. 2012-10-15. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  6. ^ "Katy ISD - THS". Kisdwebs.katyisd.org. 2012-10-15. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  7. ^ "Trevor Enders Stats - ESPN". Baseball.espn.go.com. 2000-02-09. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  8. ^ "Geno Espineli Stats, Bio, Photos, Highlights | MiLB.com Stats | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Minorleaguebaseball.com. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  9. ^ "Jon Meloan Stats, Video Highlights, Photos, Bio | MLB.com: Team". Cleveland.indians.mlb.com. 2013-05-24. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  10. ^ "America’s Best High Schools 2012 - Newsweek and The Daily Beast". Thedailybeast.com. 2012-05-20. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  11. ^ "2011: America's Best High Schools - Newsweek and The Daily Beast". Newsweek.com. 2011-06-20. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  12. ^ $fieldIdx1. "High School Profile Page - Newsweek and The Daily Beast". Newsweek.com. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  13. ^ "America's Top Public High Schools - Newsweek and The Daily Beast". Newsweek.com. 2009-06-07. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  14. ^ "America's Top Public High Schools 2008 - Newsweek and The Daily Beast". Newsweek.com. 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  15. ^ "America's Top Public High Schools 2008 - Newsweek and The Daily Beast". Newsweek.com. 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  16. ^ "America's Top Public High Schools 2008 - Newsweek and The Daily Beast". Newsweek.com. 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  17. ^ "America's Top Public High Schools 2008 - Newsweek and The Daily Beast". Newsweek.com. 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
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  21. ^ "Taylor High School, Katy TX School Profile, Ranking, and Reviews". SchoolDigger.com. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 

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