Kempner High School
|Kempner High School|
|14777 Voss Road
Sugar Land, Texas
|School district||Fort Bend ISD|
|Enrollment||2,384 (Spring 2012)|
|Campus||55.88 acres (22.61 ha)|
|Color(s)||Maroon Silver White|
|2011 TEA Rating||Recognized|
It was named after Isaac Herbert Kempner (1873–1967), the founder of the Imperial Sugar Corporation, which originally founded Sugar Land as a company-owned town in the early 1900s. Kempner serves areas within Sugar Land, including a portion of First Colony.
In 1984, Fort Bend county authorized a bond issue that allowed the construction of the fourth high school in Fort Bend county.
Issac Herbert Kempner, founder of Imperial Sugar, has contributed much to Sugar Land, and for this the school was named after him. The first Kempner principal was decided by the board on January 11, 1988 to be Mr. Wayne Emerson. He was dedicated to his work and students. The anticipation was over when Kempner opened its doors to the first Open House on August 30, 1988 at 7:30 p.m. The $15,522,300 school contained 55.88 acres of pecan trees, a 750 seat auditorium, and 100 faculty and staff members. In 1990 Kempner graduated its first senior class.
When Kempner first opened, the area surrounding it was isolated and mostly agricultural; in fact Highway 6 was only two-laned at the time. In the past years, the school has witnessed growth in both enrollment and suburban change in the surrounding areas. At one point Kempner had 3,000 enrolled students.
In the 1999-2000 school year, Dr. James May became the new principal following Dr. Wayne Emerson and served the students and staff of Kempner until his retirement in June of 2008. Under Dr. May, Kempner continued its tradition of academic excellence and its reputation as a school for all students.
Troy Mooney became the 3rd principal of Kempner High School and served in that capacity until July of 2010. During that time KHS achieved recognition as a Recognized High School from the Texas Education Agency as well as a 96th percentile National ranking from Newsweek magazine.
Chris Morgan, a former principal of Walker Station Elementary School, is the current principal of Kempner High School.
At one point (1995) Kempner had 3,000 students.
In the 2005–2006 school year, Kempner had a population of 2,616 students: 723 freshmen, 683 sophomores, 597 juniors, and 613 seniors.
As compared with other schools in the district, Kempner's student body features a diverse group of ethnicities, where not just one race predominates. According to the 2004–2005 Texas Education Agency, the student body comprises 37% non-Hispanic White, 30% Asian/Pacific Islander, 19% Hispanic, 13% African American, and <1% American Indian/Alaskan Native.
However, a demographic shift has taken place since then, and according to the 2012-2013 Spring Ethnicity Report published by FBISD,
34% Asian, 14% Black, 19% White, 29% Hispanic/Latino
In terms of student subgroups, the students are categorized as follows: 19% economically disadvantaged, 10% special education, 13% gifted and talented, and 6% limited English proficiency (2004–2005).
In 2013 Navjinder Singh, a worker at the Indian grocery shop Keemat Grocers who was quoted in The New York Times, stated that Kempner has hallways known for particular ethnic groups; for instance, "Desi hallway" refers to an area where students of Indian origins congregate.
Boundaries and feeder patterns
Kempner, which serves grades 9 through 12, is a part of the Fort Bend Independent School District. Kempner serves portions of Sugar Land and a very small section of Houston. Kempner serves a portion of the First Colony development. Most of Telfair is zoned to Kempner.
The following elementary schools feed into Kempner:
- Barrington Place
- Sugar Mill
- Drabek (partial)
- Cornerstone (partial)
- Highlands (partial)
- Lakeview (partial)
- Meadows (partial)
The following middle schools feed into Kempner:
- Sugar Land
- First Colony (partial)
- Garcia (partial)
- Sartartia (partial)
- Winslow Oliver, Class of 1991, Played in NFL from 1996-2000 for the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons.
- Jean Lopez, Class of 1991, Silver Medalist World Taekwondo Championships 1995, U.S. Olympic Coach 2004, 2008, 2012.
- Carl Grady "Tre" Thomas III, Class of 1993, played for the N.Y. Giants in 1999.
- William Dominic "Billy" Austin, Class of 1993, Played for the Indianapolis Colts 1998-2000.
- James Fortune, Class of 1996, Gospel Singer
- Steven López, Class of 1997, two-time Taekwondo Olympic gold medalist, 1 bronze. People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People"
- Ethan Kelley, Class of 1998, Drafted by the New England Patriots in 2003, and currently (2006) plays for the Cleveland Browns.
- Mark López, Class of 2000, Olympics silver medalist (Taekwondo), 2005 World Champion
- Diana López, Class of 2002, Olympic bronze medalist (Taekwondo), 2005 World Champion
- George Iloka, Class of 2008, Drafted by Cincinnati Bengals
- Chris Banjo, Class of 2008, Drafted by Green Bay Packers
- Maclaggan, Corrie. "What Ethnic Diversity Looks Like: Fort Bend." The New York Times. November 24, 2013. Retrieved on May 24, 2014.
- "High School Attendance Zones." Fort Bend Independent School District. Retrieved on July 21, 2010.
- "Interactive Mapping." First Colony Association. Retrieved on April 4, 2010.
- "Community Map." (Flash file) Telfair. Retrieved on October 2, 2011.
- "WEB0425central_unit_391623k.jpg." Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved on May 9, 2010.
- Goodwin, Liz. "Texas to close prison for first time in state history". Retrieved on Aug. 4, 2011.
- "Middle School Attendance Zones." Fort Bend Independent School District. Retrieved on June 23, 2010.