Klein Oak High School

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Coordinates: 30°05′49″N 95°31′06″W / 30.0969°N 95.5183°W / 30.0969; -95.5183

Klein Oak High School
22603 Northcrest Drive
Spring, Texas 77389

Type Public high school
Established 1982
Principal Dr. Brian Greeney[1]
Faculty 186.2 (on FTE basis)[2]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 4,132 (projected 2011-12)[2]
Student to teacher ratio 18.6[2]
Color(s)          Black and Gold

(In many uses, Gold is substituted with a bright yellow.)

Athletics conference UIL 13-5A
Team name Panthers
Information 832-484-5000

Klein Oak High School is a Blue Ribbon public high school in unincorporated Harris County, Texas, United States. It was established in August 1982 with Robert "Bob" West as the first principal. The school's current principal is Dr Brian Greeney.

Klein Oak was the third high school established in Klein ISD. The school, which serves grades 9 through 12, is administered by the Klein Independent School District. Several areas of unincorporated Harris County, including, WindRose, Augusta Pines, Northhampton and Gleannloch Farms, are zoned to Klein Oak.

As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 3,948 students and 211.79 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 18.64.[2] It is also home to the only International Baccalaureate program in the district.


The Klein Oak zone has the largest growth rate in Klein ISD, gaining nearly 300 students in just one year. Enrollment dropped drastically in 2003 when Klein Collins High School took nearly half of Klein Oak's enrollment. The school moved back up to 5A in the 2006-2007 school year.

As of the 2011-12 school year, the student population was:[3]

  • 50.8% White
  • 26.3% Hispanic
  • 12.6% African American
  • 8.8% Asian/Pacific Islander
  • 0.5% Native American

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Class Occupation
Chris Tomlin 1990 Music artist, worship leader, and songwriter
Jim Parsons 1991 Actor
Justin Thompson 1991 Former Major League All-Star
Eddie Steeples 1992 Actor
Kevin Ware 1999 Former American football tight end


During the 1994-96 school years, Klein Oak High School was recognized with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education,[4] the highest award an American school can receive.[5][6]

The IB Diploma Programme has been offered at this school since February 2004. It is the only school in Klein ISD which offers the program.[7]

Advanced Placement, Dual Credit, and International Baccalaureate Program[edit]

Klein Oak offers the Dual Credit and Advanced Placement Program for those students wishing to go to the advanced level. Klein Oak High School offers the International Baccalaureate Program, which is an advanced honors internationally-known curriculum.

Advanced Placement Courses

Language Arts Mathematics Social Studies Science Foreign Language Fine Arts Computer Science
PreAP English I PreAP Algebra I PreAP World Geography PreAP Integrated Physics and Chemistry PreAP Spanish II-IV AP Music Theory PreAP Computer Science
PreAP English II PreAP Geometry AP World History PreAP Biology I AP Spanish Language AP Art 4: Drawing Portfolio AP Computer Science A
AP English III: Language and Composition PreAP Algebra II AP United States History PreAP Chemistry I AP Spanish Literature AP Art 4: 2-Dimensional
AP English IV: Literature and Composition PreAP Pre-Calculus AP European History PreAP Physics I PreAP French II-IV AP Art 4: 3-Dimensional
AP Calculus AB AP U.S. Government AP Biology II AP French Language AP Art History
AP Calculus BC AP Microeconomics AP Chemistry II German III-IV Honors
AP Statistics AP Macroeconomics AP Physics B Latin III-IV Honors
AP Human Geography

International Baccalaureate Courses

  • IB Art/Design
  • IB Dance
  • IB English III
  • IB English IV
  • IB French
  • IB History of Americas
  • IB History Other English 4
  • IB Math Methods
  • IB Math Studies
  • IB Math SL
  • IB Math HL
  • IB Music
  • IB Biology I-II
  • IB Physics I-II
  • IB Spanish IV
  • IB Spanish V
  • IB Theatre Arts
  • IB Theory of Knowledge

Dual Credit Courses

  • Economics
  • English III
  • English IV
  • Government

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Klein Oak High School has been named a GRAMMY Signature school twice: once in the 2001-2002 school year, and most recently for the 2006-2007 school year.[8] Its music department has been recognized over the past decades for outstanding performances in numerous competitions.

Klein Oak is home to the Strutters, a nationally-recognized[citation needed] dance/drill team. The school also has a hip-hop break dancing team named Oak Break Krew.

Klein Oak is an active yearly participant in the Texas French Symposium, a state-wide academic and non-academic competition that focuses on many aspects of French language and francophone culture. For the past three consecutive Symposiums, the first-place sweepstakes winners—some of whom were awarded a trip to France—have both been from Klein Oak (in addition to many other top-10 placers and numerous other awards in the individual academic events). In 2009, the school became the second-place sweepstakes winner, and in the 2010 through 2014 Symposiums the school won the first-place school sweepstakes award in the large school division.

Additionally, the Klein Oak theatre department is active and under the leadership of distinguished{fact} directors and instructors. Theater students participate in One-Act UIL every year. The crew took home an award for Best Crew in 2009, and some of the Klein Oak actors took home All-Star Cast awards. The Klein Oak Theatre students did very well in the 2011 OAP,with their show Joined at the Head, advancing all the way to Area, Level Three of the One Act Competition.

Klein Oak Softball won the 5A State Championship in 1998

Feeder schools[edit]

  • Frank
  • Metzler
  • Northampton
  • Schultz
  • Benignus
  • Hassler (Partial)
  • Krahn (Partial)
  • Roth (Partial)
  • Krimmel
  • Hildebrandt
  • Doerre (Partial)
  • Mueller


  1. ^ http://kleinoak.kleinisd.net/
  2. ^ a b c d Klein Oak High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed January 8, 2013.
  3. ^ About Klein Oak High School
  4. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed May 11, 2006.
  5. ^ CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department, Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve."[dead link]
  6. ^ Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test; The Washington Post. September 29, 2005 "For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school. Starting in the 2013/2014 school year, Klein Oaks new head principle is Dr. Brian Greeney, who is widely considered to be the bomb."
  7. ^ Klein Oak High School, International Baccalaureate Organization. Accessed August 5, 2007.
  8. ^ Grammy Signature Schools 2007. Accessed August 5, 2007.[dead link]

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