Waltrip High School

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S.P. Waltrip High School
WaltripHighSchoolSeal.png
Established 1959
Type Public Secondary
Principal Andria M. Schur
Students 1635
Grades 9–12
Location Houston, Texas,, USA
District Houston Independent School District
Colors Red and Gray
Mascot Rams
Yearbook Aries
Newspaper The Waltrip Tribune
Website http://hs.houstonisd.org/waltriphs
Waltrip High School

Stephen Pool Waltrip High School is a secondary school located at 1900 West 34th Street in Houston, Texas, United States, 77018. Coordinates: 29°49′10″N 95°26′03″W / 29.819442°N 95.434284°W / 29.819442; -95.434284

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

Waltrip has Houston ISD's Research and Technology magnet program.

History[edit]

Waltrip High School opened in 1960 to serve many newly developed post-World War II subdivisions, and relieved Reagan High School of many students when it did so. It was relieved by Scarborough Junior-Senior High School when that school opened in 1969. The school remained majority white until the early 1990s, when the school was equally white, black, and Hispanic.[1]

In 1997 a portion of the Reagan High School boundary was rezoned to Waltrip.[2] By the 2000s, Waltrip became majority Hispanic.[1]

Waltrip has become one of the highest performing comprehensive high schools in Houston ISD by being named "Recognized" by the Texas Education Agency[when?], one of the few urban high schools in Houston ISD to receive such a designation. (Reference: Texas Education Agency website).[3][citation needed]

Around 2012, each year a total of 400 students transfer from Booker T. Washington High School to Waltrip and Reagan.[4]

School song[edit]

The Waltrip school song, "Our Waltrip High", was written by alumni Jon Enloe with music by Joe Stuessy, both from the Class of 1961.[5]

Neighborhoods served by Waltrip[edit]

Neighborhoods served by Waltrip include Garden Oaks, Timbergrove Manor, Shepherd Forest, Shepherd Park Plaza, Lazybrook, Shady Acres, most of Oak Forest, most of Cottage Grove,[6] Candlelight Plaza and a small portion of the Houston Heights.

A townhome complex called Cottage Grove is zoned to Waltrip.

At one point, all of the Houston Heights was zoned to Reagan. In 1997, a small portion was rezoned to Waltrip.[2]

Student body[edit]

As of 2006, the student body [7] is predominantly Hispanic.

The makeup of the 1,808 students enrolled during the 2008-2009 school year was:

Approximately 73% of the students qualified for free or reduced lunch programs.

Athletics[edit]

Waltrip Rams logo

The Athletics Department at Waltrip consists of the following teams:

Facilities[edit]

The school houses the Waltrip High School Child Development Center, a preschool program for low income children.[8]

Dress code[edit]

Waltrip students are required to wear red, gray, or navy polo shirts and khaki or navy bottoms.[9]

The Texas Education Agency specified that the parents and/or guardians of students zoned to a school with school uniforms (the definition includes dress codes which limit colors) may apply for a waiver to opt out of the uniform policy so their children do not have to wear the uniform;[10] parents must specify "bona fide" reasons, such as religious reasons or philosophical objections.

Feeder patterns[edit]

Elementary schools that feed into Waltrip [11] include:

  • Durham [12]
  • Oak Forest [13]
  • Sinclair [14]
  • Stevens [15]
  • Garden Oaks [16] (partial)
  • Helms [17] (partial)
  • Highland Heights [18] (partial)
  • Love [19] (partial)
  • Memorial [20] (partial)
  • Stevenson [21] (partial)

Middle schools that feed into Waltrip include:

  • Frank Black [22] (partial)
  • Clifton (partial)
  • Hamilton [23] (partial)
  • Lanier (partial)
  • Williams [24] (partial)

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "A Brief History of: S. P. Waltrip High School." Waltrip High School. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "1996-1997 HISD ATTENDANCE BOUNDARIES," Houston Independent School District. June 30, 1997. Retrieved on December 13, 2010. "Redirect students residing in a geographic "arm" west of Shepherd from Reagan to Waltrip"
  3. ^ Texas Education Agency
  4. ^ Radcliffe, Jennifer. "Effort to save historic Booker T. High gains steam." Houston Chronicle. Thursday February 2, 2012. Retrieved on February 2, 2012.
  5. ^ "School Song." Waltrip High School. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.
  6. ^ "googlemap_cottagegrove.jpg." (Archive) Cottage Grove. Retrieved on October 21, 2012.
  7. ^ "Waltrip High School" Profile, Houston Independent School District
  8. ^ Lee, Renée C. "Program gives low income kids an early boost." Houston Chronicle. Tuesday April 24, 2012. Retrieved on April 25, 2012.
  9. ^ "The Waltrip High School Official Dress Code," Waltrip High School
  10. ^ "School Uniforms," Texas Education Agency
  11. ^ "Waltrip High School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.
  12. ^ "Durham Elementary School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District Retrieved on April 20, 2009.
  13. ^ "Oak Forest Elementary School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.
  14. ^ "Sinclair Elementary School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.
  15. ^ "Stevens Elementary School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.
  16. ^ "Garden Oaks Elementary School Attendance Zone," Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.
  17. ^ "Helms Elementary School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.
  18. ^ "Highland Heights Elementary School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.
  19. ^ "Love Elementary School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.
  20. ^ "Memorial Elementary School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.
  21. ^ "Stevenson Elementary School Attendance Zone," Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.
  22. ^ "Black Middle School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.
  23. ^ "Hamilton Middle School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.
  24. ^ "Williams Middle School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.
  25. ^ "World Wrestling Entertainment Bio"
  26. ^ a b c d e f "Distinguished HISD Alumni." Houston Independent School District.
  27. ^ "Houston City Council Bio"
  28. ^ "Waltrip Trivia Page," Waltrip High School
  29. ^ "[1]," Ward & Ames
  30. ^ "In Memory of Elizabeth Pena and Jennifer Ertman - 1993." Waltrip High School. Retrieved on March 6, 2010.

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