John H. Reagan High School (Houston, Texas)
|John H. Reagan High School|
|Houston, Texas, United States
|Type||Public school (U.S.)|
|Principal Administrator||Connie Berger|
|Enrollment||1,991 students (2010-2011 school year)|
Reagan, which enrolls students in grades nine through twelve, is a part of the Houston Independent School District. Reagan is located in the Houston Heights neighborhood. Reagan, which was named after John H. Reagan, has HISD's computer magnet program.
Reagan was first established in 1904 as Houston Heights High School.
Houston Heights tied with Cleburne High School, 0-0, in the 1920 state championship football game, and was declared a co-champion with Cleburne. This is the first state football championship game recognized by Dave Campbell's Texas Football.
The Houston Heights High School, as it is known today, opened in 1904. In the fall of 1919 it was moved to the site that became Hamilton Junior High School because the original high school burned down over the summer. In 1925 the campus became Alexander Hamilton Junior High School. John H Reagan High School opened in 1925 and Hamilton was the junior high school. The campus was designed by John Staub and William Ward Watkin, who were designers of the original campus of Rice University. Reagan was first established as an all-white high school. Reagan was relieved by Waltrip High School when Waltrip opened in 1959.
Reagan was desegregated by 1970 and its student body started to become increasingly Hispanic; by 1988 Reagan was mostly Hispanic. In 1997 a portion of the Reagan boundary was rezoned to Waltrip.
In 2006 Reagan began a renovation project. Set to end in the summer of 2007, the renovations to Reagan included the building of a new cafeteria, a new gymnasium complex, an additional academic building, a new vocational building, and a library.
In 2009 Connie Berger, principal of Reagan High School, expected around 100 former private school students to enroll because the economic conditions persuaded families to send their children to public school instead of private school.
In 2012 Richard Connelly of the Houston Press ranked Reagan as the sixth most architecturally beautiful high school campus in Greater Houston. Connelly said that a coworker told him that Reagan looked like Rydell High School in Grease.
- Red Adair, notable oil well firefighter who extinguished the "The Devil's Cigarette Lighter")
- Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics
- Val Belcher, former CFL All-Star
- Tommy Castro, Corporal, USMCR, wounded at Chosin 1950; received the Purple Heart.
- A. J. Foyt, Sr., father of A. J. Foyt, Jr.
- Richard "Racehorse" Haynes, criminal defense attorney
- Larry Hovis, actor
- Raymond Knight, U.S. Army Air Corps
- Everett Augustus "Squatty" Lyons, retired Harris County Commissioner for Precinct 4
- Dan Rather, journalist
- Craig Reynolds, professional baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, and Houston Astros
- Martha Wong, former Texas state representative
- Gwendolyn Zepeda, author
As of the 2010-11 school year:
- African American: 8.9%
- Hispanic: 86.3%
- White: 3.6%
- American Indian: 0.2%
- Asian: 0.3%
- Pacific Islander: 0.1%
- Two or More Races: 0.7%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 79.8%
Neighborhoods served by Reagan
Reagan takes students from most of the Houston Heights neighborhood, a small portion of Downtown Houston, the Fourth Ward, East Norhill, Woodland Heights, Brooksmith, Magnolia Grove, Stude the Old Sixth Ward, and a small portion of Midtown. Other parts of Houston northwest of downtown within the 610 Loop are zoned to Reagan as well. Originally, all of the Houston Heights was zoned to Reagan. In 1997, a small portion was rezoned to Waltrip.
Elementary schools that feed indirectly into Reagan through the above middle schools include Browning Field Harvard (partial) Crockett Gregory-Lincoln Education Center Helms Jefferson Ketelsen (partial) Love Memorial (partial), and Travis (partial).
As of 2010, Reagan students are required to wear school uniforms. Uniforms consist of a school shirt either Maroon, White or Grey and allows T-shirts or Polos. The Bottoms can be jeans, shorts or pants, and black or khaki pants.
The Texas Education Agency specifies that the parents and/or guardians of students zoned to a school with uniforms 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.
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