Spring High School

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Spring High School
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Location
Spring, Texas, United States
Information
Type Public school
School district Spring Independent School District
Principal Tia Simmons
Enrollment 3,427
Color(s) Green, Black, and White
Mascot Lions
Website

Spring High School is a public high school located in the Spring CDP in unincorporated Harris County, Texas, United States.

Spring High School, which serves grades 9 through 12, is a part of the Spring Independent School District. Spring High School's mascot is the lion. School colors are black, green, and white. Oren Chappell was principal of the school in the early 1980s. Gloria Marshall was the principal of Spring High School from 1985 until June 2007. Dean Borg served as principal for the 2007-2008 school year and Donna Ullrich was named principal on July 3, 2008. As of the 2011-2012 school year, Spring High School is the largest campus in Spring ISD.

Spring High School was named a 1992-93 National Blue Ribbon School.[1]

History[edit]

Spring High School opened in 1969. Spring High was built along Interstate 45 so passing drivers could see the school. In 1976 Spring High School South opened, taking ninth graders from Spring High School. In 1981 and 1982 Spring High South renamed itself Westfield High School and became its own four-year institution. In 2000 the Richard C. Crain Fine Arts Building opened on the property of Spring High School. It was named after Richard Crain, who directed band at Spring and Westfield and became the director of music.[2]

2013 stabbing incident[edit]

On September 4, 2013, a 17-year-old student was killed, and three other teen boys were injured during a stabbing attack at the school. Luis Alonzo Alfaro, age 17, was charged with murder. Alfaro admitted pulling a knife during the fight and stabbing four people.[3]

Campus[edit]

It is located along Interstate 45, about 20 miles (32 km) north of Downtown Houston.[4]

The original Spring High School campus was built in 1969. In 1996, the Spring ISD Board of Trustees agreed to a 3 year 20 million dollar renovation project that included additional buildings, a new cafeteria, a new baseball field, a softball field and two new gymnasiums. In 2000 the Richard C. Crain Fine Arts Building was built to accommodate the Spring Band, Spring Choir and the Lion Players Theatre Company. In 2009 the Spring High School Performing Arts Center was built after the renovation of the original auditorium.[citation needed]

Student body[edit]

As of 2013, the school has about 3,500 students, making it one of the largest high schools in Harris County.[4] As of that year, 34% of Spring High School students are Hispanic, 32% are White, and 28% are black. In 2003, the school had 2,750 students, with 68% being White, 18% being Hispanic, and 12% being black. A significant demographic shift had occurred in the 10 year period.[5]

Student discipline[edit]

Tressa McLane, a 2009 graduate of the school quoted in the Houston Chronicle, said that fights between black and Hispanic students had occurred for several years.[5]

Band[edit]

The Spring Band is currently directed by Gabe Musella, Terri Risinger, Jason Smith, JD Guzman and Chad Berkstresser. The Spring Band has a rich history of excellence in concert and marching performance. The Band is the recipient of the Sudler Flag and Shield. The Spring Band has been a finalist at the UIL Texas State Marching championships and won the contest in 1992 and 1994. The Spring Band became the first Texas marching band to win the Bands of America Grand National Championship in 1993. The Spring Band has performed at the Midwest Clinic 6 times, and is the first and only band program to perform there three consecutive times. The Spring Band color guard has also been a WGI finalist and class champion

Choir[edit]

The Spring Choir is currently directed by David Landgrebe, Chelsea Berner and Katie Webb. The Spring Choir has received state and national recognition under the direction of Denise R. Eaton, Amy Lewis, and David Landgrebe. The Chorale performed at the 1997, 2004, and 2007 TMEA conventions, has placed over 50 singers in the All-State Choirs since 1995. The Chamber Choir has won the Madrigal and Chamber Choir Festival in San Antonio an unprecedented 5 times and the choirs have been named National Winners 5 times in the "Mark of Excellence" contest established by The Foundation for Music Education.

Notable alumni[edit]

Feeder schools[edit]

The following middle schools feed into Spring High School:[7][8]

  • Rickey C. Bailey Middle School
  • O.B. Dueitt Middle School
  • Twin Creeks Middle School

The following elementary schools feed into Spring High School:[9]

  • Anderson
  • Burchett
  • Hirsch
  • Jenkins
  • McNabb
  • Northgate Crossing
  • Salyers
  • Smith
  • Winship

References[edit]

  1. ^ PDF
  2. ^ "75 Years of Education, 1935-2010." Spring Independent School District. Retrieved on February 5, 2011. "1969 SPRING HIGH SCHOOL, named for the community, is located on I-45N, Spring. One of the reasons for the chosen location was that motorists traveling on I-45 would be able to see the high school." and "1976 SPRING HIGH SOUTH–WESTFIELD HIGH SCHOOL Known today as Westfield, in 1976 Spring High freshmen and sophomores moved into a new building called Spring High South. In 1981-1982, Spring High South became a full four-year high school and changed its name to Westfield, in honor of the old Westfield community." and "2000 RICHARD C. CRAIN FINE ARTS FACILITY Richard C. Crain Fine Arts Facility is located on the campus of Spring High School at 19428 I-45 North. The facility was named in honor of Richard Crain who directed Spring ISD award-winning bands at Spring and Westfield High Schools prior to being named director of music. Under his direction, the band and choral programs of Spring ISD became worldrenowned. Mr. Crain’s honors include being inducted into the Texas Band Masters Hall of Fame and being named Outstanding Music Educator for Texas by the National Federation of Interscholastic Music Associations. He retired following 21 years of service to Spring ISD."
  3. ^ "Teen charged with murder in stabbing at Spring High School". KTRK TV. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Fernandez, Manny. "Student Killed and 3 Are Hurt at Houston-Area High School." The New York Times. September 5, 2013. "[...]Spring High School, one of the largest high schools in Harris County. The 3,500-student campus, next to Interstate 45 about 20 miles north of downtown Houston, [...]"
  5. ^ a b Fraser, Jayme. "Leaders call for racial unity at Spring High School." Houston Chronicle. September 8, 2013. Retrieved on September 8, 2013.
  6. ^ "Josh Beckett Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ "High School Attendance Zones." Spring Independent School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.
  8. ^ "Middle School Attendance Zones." Spring Independent School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.
  9. ^ "Elementary School Attendance Zones." Spring Independent School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.

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