Sterling High School (Houston)

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Sterling High School

Ross Shaw Sterling High School is a secondary school located in Houston, Texas.

Sterling, which serves grades 9 through 12, is a part of the Houston Independent School District.

The school was named after Ross S. Sterling. Sterling has Houston ISD's magnet program for Aviation Sciences.

History[edit]

Ross S. Sterling High School opened as a junior/senior high school (grades 7–12) in the fall of 1965.[citation needed]

This unique, three-building campus featured designed-in air-conditioning which was a new, yet essential, feature for HISD facilities. The Sterling campus had a mirror twin sister campus, James Madison Jr./Senior High School, that opened at the same time as Sterling.[citation needed]

The first principal of Sterling was A.P. (Pete) Dowling, an experienced educator and administrator with HISD.[citation needed]

During the 1967 school year, local radio station KILT staged an enormous promotion contest between area high schools. The contest was simple: Each school had to submit as many individual paper entries as possible with the name of the high school on each sheet. The winning school would be the one that submitted the most pounds of paper. The contest created a lot of non-value added time in many classrooms as reams of copy paper and thousands of boxes of computer punch cards were submitted. Ross Sterling was the winner. The primary prize for winning was a school dance sponsored by KILT featuring a regional band named Southwest F.O.B.[citation needed]

Sterling became a senior high school (grades 10–12) exclusively with the 1968–1969 school year. The Blue Raider football team made its first playoff appearance during the 1970 season when it emerged as district champion. The Raiders then defeated Robert E. Lee in bid-district play but were then victims to the Sam Houston High juggernaut in the area round of the playoffs.[citation needed]

During the 1984-1985 school year, the percentages of Fs at 23 of 26 HISD high school campuses decreased in the spring semester because of the state-implemented No Pass No Play rule, which requires students in high school athletic programs to attain passing grades. At Sterling and Barbara Jordan High School for Careers, the percentages of Fs remained the same.[1]

Linda Turner, the president of the Sterling High School PTO, stated that HISD promised to revamp Sterling after the 1998 and the 2007 bond elections passed, but that nothing improved. Her group accused the school of misleading the people by stating that Sterling and Jones High School would both receive new school campuses.[2] After the 2012 bond, the district began indicating that Jones would be consolidated into Sterling.[3]

In 2007, a study by the Associated Press and Johns Hopkins University referred to Sterling as a "dropout factory" where at least 40% of the entering freshman class does not make it to their senior year.[4] During that year 51% of children zoned to Sterling chose to attend a different Houston ISD school.[5]

As of 2010 about half of the HISD students zoned to Sterling did not attend that school.[6]

As of 2013, the school had 900 students, and 1,100 HISD students living in the school's attendance zone opted not to attend Sterling. The school had its third principal in a five year period. The principal of the school, E. Dale Mitchell, stated that there were 61-66 students combined who transferred to Sterling to attend the aviation program or the Futures Academy. Margaret Downing of the Houston Press argued that the figure was not "an impressive number".[2]

Downing wrote that "Whoever erected it, there's a rather sizable wall of distrust between HISD and the Sterling community."[7]

As part of the 2014-2015 rezoning, residents of Southcrest, residents of South Park located east of Martin Luther King Boulevard, and some residents of the East End[8] will be rezoned from Jones High School to Sterling.[9]

Demographics[edit]

As of 2013, according to Mitchell, about 40% of Sterling graduates will go directly to the workforce and the remainder would go to the military and/or to universities and colleges. Mitchell stated that for "For a large number of people this is their college experience" citing that large number of Sterling students, dating to the 1960s, never went to colleges or universities after graduation.[7] He stated that this is why alumni of Sterling have a strong passion for the school.[7]

Culture[edit]

Mitchell stated that the student body enjoys Homecoming since "It's like Mardi Gras for a week long."[7]

Neighborhoods served by Sterling[edit]

Houston neighborhoods served by Sterling[10] include Autumn Glen [1], Crestmont, South Park, Crestmont Park, Garden Villas, Wayside, Sterling Lakes [2], King Estates, Edgewood, El Tesoro [3], Panay Park [4], Houston Skyscraper Shadows, Gulf Meadows, Airport Gardens, a portion of South Acres, a portion of South Acres Estates, a portion of Minnetex Place, Mykawa, and a portion of Santa Rosa.

School uniforms[edit]

Sterling requires school uniforms.[11]

The Texas Education Agency specified 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;[12] parents must specify "bona fide" reasons, such as religious reasons or philosophical objections.

Feeder patterns[edit]

Elementary schools that feed into Sterling include:[10]

(partial)

Middle schools that feed into Sterling include:

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Yolanda Adams - gospel singer, radio personality[27]
  • Clyde Drexler - Retired Hall-of-Fame NBA basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets (1995 NBA Champion with Rockets).[27]
  • Robert Earl Davis (DJ Screw) - rapper, dropped out during the 10th Grade[28]
  • Zina Garrison - retired tennis player[27]
  • Eric Kaiser (K-Rino) - rapper
  • Troy Birklett (Lil Troy) - rapper
  • [R.Christian Tucker] -actor, radio personality, producer, promoter Emmy Award Winner 1998 (KTSU 90.9 FM) "High Notes A Journey Home" for KHOU TV.

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Hunt, Dianna. "Fewer failing grades since start of no-pass rule." Houston Chronicle. Saturday June 29, 1985. Section 1, Page 22. Retrieved on December 8, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Downing, Margaret. "Sterling High School: Keeping It All Together." Houston Press. Wednesday May 8, 2013. p. 1. Retrieved on February 23, 2014.
  3. ^ Downing, Margaret. "Sterling High School: Keeping It All Together." Houston Press. Wednesday May 8, 2013. p. 2. Retrieved on February 23, 2014.
  4. ^ "Report points to 'dropout factories'." Houston Chronicle. October 31, 2007.
  5. ^ Radcliffe, Jennifer. "Critics: In HISD, too many don't go where zoned / Black leaders argue bond has no fix to get kids back to schools in their neighborhoods." Houston Chronicle. Sunday October 14, 2007. B1 MetFront.
  6. ^ Mellon, Ericka. "HISD faces politically tough choices in closing schools." Houston Chronicle. December 20, 2010. Retrieved on February 22, 2014.
  7. ^ a b c d Downing, Margaret. "Sterling High School: Keeping It All Together." Houston Press. Wednesday May 8, 2013. p. 3. Retrieved on February 23, 2014.
  8. ^ "Map." East End Management District. Retrieved on March 8, 2010.
  9. ^ "AGENDA Board of Education Meeting March 13, 2014." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on March 15, 2014. "Proposed Attendance Boundaries" New 03/06/04 Attachment F-1 March 2014 p. 24/119.
  10. ^ a b "Sterling High School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  11. ^ "Uniform Dress Code." Sterling High School.
  12. ^ "Uniforms." Texas Education Agency.
  13. ^ "Codwell Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  14. ^ "DeAnda Elementary Attendance Zone." (Archive, includes changes from 2011-2012 to 2012-2013). Houston Independent School District.
  15. ^ "Frost Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  16. ^ "Mitchell Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  17. ^ "Alcott Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  18. ^ "Cornelius Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  19. ^ "Gregg Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  20. ^ "Law Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  21. ^ "Mading Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  22. ^ "Seguín Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  23. ^ "Wooodson Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  24. ^ "Thomas Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  25. ^ "Woodson Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  26. ^ "Hartman Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  27. ^ a b c "Distinguished HISD Alumni." Houston Independent School District.
  28. ^ "The Slow Life and Fast Death of DJ Screw." Texas Monthly. 2.

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