The Woodlands High School

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The Woodlands High School
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A Tradition of Excellence
Address
6101 Research Forest Drive
The Woodlands, Texas, 77381-6028
United States
Information
School type Public high school
Established 1996
School district Conroe Independent School District
Principal Gregg Colschen
Assistant principals Paul Fleming
Jeri Gambertoglio
Bonnie Hilburn
Larry Klapesky
Shawne S. Ledee
Jill Malpass
Dennis Muehsler
Jan Nell
Chuck Pincumbe
Grades 10-12
Enrollment 4,147 (Total 9-12)[1] (2013)
Campus Suburban
Color(s)                Green, Red & White
Athletics conference UIL Class AAAAA
Mascot Highlanders
Newspaper The Caledonian
Website

The Woodlands High School is a public high school in The Woodlands CDP, unincorporated Montgomery County, Texas, United States and is a part of the Conroe Independent School District. The Montgomery County portion of The Woodlands and portion of the city of Shenandoah are served by The Woodlands High School. In 2011, the school was rated "Recognized" by the Texas Education Agency.[2]

Campuses[edit]

TWHS takes pupils in grades 9 to 12, divided between the two campuses:

  • The Woodlands High School: grades 10–12
  • The Woodlands High School Ninth Grade Campus (formerly Branch Crossing Junior High School): grade 9 [3]

From 1976 until the opening of The Woodlands High School in 1996, McCullough High School served The Woodlands community. McCullough High School, named after J.L. McCullough, also housed seventh and eighth graders until Knox Junior High opened its doors in 1978. When The Woodlands High School opened on August 12, 1996, McCullough served The Woodlands community as a junior high school. From 2000 to 2005, McCullough was known as The Woodlands High School: McCullough Campus, housing freshmen and sophomores. Since 2005, with the opening of The Woodlands College Park High School, McCullough has once again served the community as a junior high school.

Demographics[edit]

In 2010, The Woodlands High School had 3,787 students (including students at the 9th Grade Campus).[4]

Academics[edit]

The Woodlands High School has received numerous exemplary ratings from the Texas Education Agency and in 1998 was named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.[5] The Woodlands High School was ranked 295 in Newsweek’s 2011 list of the Best High Schools in the United States.[6] The school was ranked based on graduation rate, college matriculation rate, AP tests taken per graduate, average SAT/ACT scores, average AP scores, and AP courses offered. Newsweek has ranked the school among America's top 1,000 high schools on several occasions. Additionally, in its 2013 ranking of America's Best High Schools, U.S. News & World Report awarded a Gold Medal to The Woodlands High School. This means The Woodlands High School ranked among the top 500 schools nationally (out of 21,035 schools) using a College Readiness Index heavily weighted on success on Advanced Placement examinations.[7] The Woodlands High School has also been awarded the University Interscholastic League Class 5A Lone Star Cup on five occasions (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011).[8] This award is intended to honor the best overall academic and athletic program in the state of Texas, as determined by success at UIL-sanctioned activities.

The Woodlands High School has a relatively extensive College Board Advanced Placement program that includes the following courses: Art History, Biology, Calculus AB and BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, Computer Science A, English Language and Literature, Environmental Science, European History, French Language, German Language, Human Geography, Japanese Language and Culture, Macroeconomics, Music Theory, Physics C, Psychology, Spanish Language, Statistics, Studio Art, U.S. History, U.S. Government & Politics, and World History.[9]

Athletics[edit]

The Woodlands Highlanders compete in Cross Country, Volleyball, Football, Basketball, Wrestling, Powerlifting, Soccer, Golf, Tennis, Track, Softball, and Baseball.

In 2006 The Woodlands baseball team finished the season with a 38-1 record and won the Texas UIL 5A State Championship. They were also named National Champions by Baseball America. The 2006 team included future Major League Players Kyle Drabek (Toronto Blue Jays) and Paul Goldschmidt (Arizona Diamondbacks)

In 2011 The Woodlands Fastpitch team finished the season with a 44-1 record and won the Texas UIL 5A State Championship. They were also named National Champions by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association/USA Today and ESPN/Rise. The coaching staff, led by Head Coach Richard Jorgensen, was named NFCA National Coaching Staff of the year.

Athletic teams at The Woodlands High School have earned the following state and national athletic titles:

State Athletics Titles[edit]

  • Baseball [10]
    • 2000(5A), 2006(5A), 2013(5A)
  • Boys Cross Country [11]
    • 1999(5A), 2000(5A), 2003(5A), 2004(5A), 2006(5A), 2007(5A), 2008(5A), 2009(5A), 2010(5A)
  • Boys Golf [12]
    • 2002(5A), 2005(5A), 2012(5A)
  • Girls Golf [13]
    • 2001(5A), 2002(5A), 2003(5A)
  • Girls Soccer [14]
    • 2010(5A)
  • Boys Swimming and Diving[15]
    • 1990, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004 (5A), 2010(5A)
  • Girls Swimming and Diving[16]
    • 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 2006(5A), 2009(5A)
  • Girls Fastpitch Softball [17]
    • 2011 (5A)
  • Girls Volleyball [18]
    • 2013(5A), 2014(6A)
  • Boys U19 Rugby
    • 2012(5A)

National Athletics Titles[edit]

  • Baseball
    • 2006
  • Girls Fastpitch Softball
    • 2011
  • Girls Swimming and Diving
  • Boys Swimming and Diving
  • Volleyball
    • 2013
  • Band
    • 2014

Band[edit]

The Woodlands High School Band was honored by the John Philip Sousa Foundation with the Sudler Flag of Honor in 2003 to recognize its high standards of excellence in its concert activities over several years. The band was honored again by the John Philip Sousa Foundation in 2009 with the Sudler Shield to recognize its excellence in marching band activities.[21] This makes The Woodlands High School one of only a handful of high schools internationally to have received both the Sudler Flag and the Sudler Shield. In 2003, and again in 2012, The Woodlands High School's Wind Ensemble was invited to perform at the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois (aka The Midwest Clinic). In addition, the Wind Ensemble has advanced to the state level of the TMEA Texas State Honor Band Competition numerous times.[22] In 2012, the Wind Ensemble was named a National Winner in The Foundation for Music Education's National Wind Band Honors Project.[23] Members of The Woodlands High School Band have placed in the TMEA All-State Bands and Orchestras every year since the school has opened, routinely placing well.[24]

Since the opening of The Woodlands High School in 1996, the band has never missed a Bands of America regional finals. The band has won Regional, Super-Regional and Grand National BOA competitions [25] In 2006, the band won the Bands of America class AAA National title.[26] In 2013, the band was named the Bands of America Grand National Champion, scoring a 96.8 and winning caption awards for Outstanding Music Performance and Outstanding General Effect.[27] The band has placed in the Bands of America Grand National Championship Finals the past seven times it has attended. The band has been a UIL state finalist on multiple occasions.

TWHS Marching Band accomplishments include the following:

  • 2006 - "Hide and Seek"
    • 2nd place, Outstanding Visual Performance, BOA San Antonio Super Regional
    • 2nd place, Outstanding General Effect Class AAA BOA San Antonio Super Regional
    • 4th place, BOA Grand Nationals
    • 1st place, Outstanding General Effect Class AAA BOA Grand Nationals
  • 2007 - "Sequenza"
    • 3rd place, BOA San Antonio Super Regional
    • 3rd place, Class AAA BOA San Antonio Super Regional
    • 4th place, BOA Grand Nationals
  • 2008 - "Rhapsody"
    • 2nd place, BOA Houston Regional
    • 3rd place, Class AAA BOA Houston Regional
  • 2009 - "Amen"
    • 3rd place, Outstanding General Effect BOA Houston Regional
    • 3rd place, Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance, Class AAAA BOA Houston Regional
    • 3rd place, BOA San Antonio Super Regional
    • 3rd place, Class AAAA BOA San Antonio Super Regional
    • 7th place, BOA Grand Nationals
  • 2010 - "Pictures"
    • 5th place, BOA The Woodlands Regional
    • Outstanding Music Performance, Class AAAA BOA The Woodlands Regional
    • 4th place, BOA San Antonio Super Regional
    • UIL AAAAA Area F Champion
    • UIL AAAAA State Finalist
  • 2011 - "Uninvited"
    • 3rd place, BOA Conroe Regional
    • 2nd place, BOA San Antonio Super Regional
    • 3rd place, Class AAAA BOA San Antonio Super Regional
    • 4th place, BOA Grand Nationals
    • 3rd place, Class AAAA BOA Grand Nationals
  • 2012 - "Letters to Home"
    • 1st place, Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance, Outstanding General Effect, BOA Conroe Regional
    • 1st place, Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance, Outstanding General Effect, Class AAAA BOA Conroe Regional
    • 2nd place, Outstanding Visual Performance (tie), BOA San Antonio Super Regional
    • 2nd place, Class AAAA BOA San Antonio Super Regional
    • UIL AAAAA Area F Champion
    • UIL AAAAA State Finalist
  • 2013 - "Crossing Boundaries"
    • 1st place, Outstanding Visual Performance, Outstanding General Effect, BOA Conroe Regional
    • 1st place, Outstanding General Effect, Class AAAA BOA Conroe Regional
    • 1st place, Outstanding Visual Performance, Outstanding General Effect, BOA San Antonio Super Regional
    • Outstanding Visual Performance, Class AAAA BOA San Antonio Super Regional
    • 1st place, Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding General Effect, BOA Grand Nationals
    • 1st place, Outstanding General Effect, Class AAAA BOA Grand Nationals
  • 2014 - "Descending From Chaos"
    • 2nd place, BOA Conroe Regional
    • 1st place, Outstanding Visual Performance, Outstanding General Effect, Class AAAA BOA Conroe Regional
    • 2nd place, Class AAAA BOA San Antonio Super Regional
    • 5th place, BOA San Antonio Super Regional
    • 2nd place, UIL AAAAAA Area F
    • UIL AAAAAA State Finalist

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The school offers more than 80 different clubs and organizations. Students have the opportunity to participate in band, choir, speech, debate, drama, drill team, orchestra, cheerleading, and UIL academic activities.[5]

In 2004, the school's newspaper, The Caledonian, was awarded the Silver Star for Excellence in Journalism by the University Interscholastic League. Various journalism awards have been given to the paper's staff including former editors Carolyn Kayes, Alison Conklin, and Trenton Horne. The Caledonian experienced a period of peak success under the leadership of Barbara Frazier, under whose administration the staff received numerous awards and accolades from the Interscholastic League Press Conference, a division of the University Interscholastic League. Frazier's successor, Laura Landsbaum, took over sponsorship of the staff during the 2004-2005 school year. Under Landsbaum's tutelage, the highest award garnered by The Caledonian was the Lone Star Award. Various students under Landsbaum received UIL honors including district placement by section editors Denny Staples and Michelle Johnston, a regional placement by section editor Katy McDowall, and state placements by Managing Editor Jenna Greengold in 2007 and section editor Kirsten Romaguera in 2009.

The Woodlands High School Winter Guard program has achieved success in both the Texas Color Guard Circuit and the Winter Guard International circuit. Winter guards from The Woodlands High School have won numerous regional and state championships, and in 2004 The Woodlands High School Winter Guard took home the WGI Scholastic Open Class World Championship title. This was the first time a Texas group took home a title.[28]

The Woodlands High School Theatre Department has succeeded in advancing to the state finals of the UIL One-Act Play contest six times and won the state title in 2000.[29] The theatre department has also been invited to perform on the main stage of the International Thespian Festival four times. In 2003, the theatre department performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. [30] Two students, Vic Shuttee and Megan Kane, have won the coveted National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts YoungArts Grant.[31]

The Woodlands High School choirs perform at UIL and private competitions and festivals, garnering "Sweepstakes" awards as well as "Best of Class" and "Grand Champion" awards from as far away as New York City, and as close to home as San Antonio and Houston. Large numbers of TWHS choir students have sung in all-region choirs, and many have gone on to sing in the Texas All-State choir [2].

Feeder patterns[edit]

Elementary schools that feed into The Woodlands High School include:[32]

  • Buckalew
  • Bush
  • Galatas
  • Glen Loch
  • Powell (excluding Harper's Landing).
  • Coulson Tough
  • Deretchin

Combined elementary and intermediate schools include Deretchin and Coulson Tough.

Intermediate schools include Mitchell, and Wilkerson (Glen Loch ES zoning only).

McCullough Junior High School is the sole feeder junior high school into The Woodlands High School.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

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