Cypress Woods High School

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Coordinates: 29°58′15″N 95°40′55″W / 29.9707°N 95.6819°W / 29.9707; -95.6819

Cypress Woods High School
13550 Woods Spillane Blvd
Cypress, Texas 77429

United States
Type Public high school
Motto 212°
Established 2006
School district Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District
Principal Gary Kinninger
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 3,446 (as of 2016)[1]
Color(s)           Crimson & Gold
Athletics UIL 6A
Athletics conference University Interscholastic League
Team name Wildcats
Newspaper The Crimson Connection
Yearbook The Crimson
Information (281) 213-1800

Cypress Woods High School is a secondary school located in Cypress, which is an unincorporated area of Harris County, Texas, near Houston.

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The principal of Cypress Woods is Gary Kinninger. The school mascot is the Wildcats.[2]


Cypress Woods, announced in 2005 as Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District High School #8, is part of the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. The school opened in the fall of 2006 due to rapid growth of CFISD.[3] The 504,626-square-foot (46,881.3 m2) campus was built at a cost of 50.9 million United States dollars[4][5] by Pepper-Lawson Incorporated on a 182-acre (0.74 km2) site. The campus was designed by PBK. CWHS relieved Cy-Fair High School and Cypress Falls High School.

The first graduating class was the Class of 2009. About 140 staff members (including 100 teachers) served about 2,100 students when Cypress Woods opened.

The first group of students joined the administration in selecting the school's mascot, Wildcats, prior to the school's opening. The board of trustees approved crimson red and gold as the school's colors.[6]

In 2017, as part of high school rezoning, a portion of Cypress Woods's attendance zone will be reassigned to Cypress Ranch High School, and vice versa.[7][8]


Former Head Football Coach David Jones introduced the 212º Spirit concept to his football players back in our second year as a school, 2007-2008.  He was looking for a way to encourage players to focus on working together as a team and set aside personal ambitions. He used a motivational video on how water doesn't boil until it reaches 212º F., emphasizing how only one degree of extra heat (or effort) transforms hot water into steam, a force that has been harnessed to power engines and truly impact human achievement.

The idea that one degree of extra effort is "what separates good from great" is the compelling concept that has swept through Cypress Woods, giving impetus and intensity to more than just athletic pursuits. The Woods' bar of excellence is always being raised in the classroom in all academic pursuits, and involvement in art, theater, and music. 

Teachers, staff, and especially the students, daily try to act out this belief by putting forth an intense focus on excellence--whether it is a critical thinking challenge in history, a swimmer's personal time, the execution of a play in sports, the eloquence of an essay, the design of a roller coaster, a food drive during the holidays, or a spectacular souffle in culinary arts. The Wildcats are winning at The Woods![9]


  • White - 51.6%
  • Hispanic - 25.8%
  • African American - 10.9%
  • Asian - 8.7%
  • Native American - 0.2%
  • Pacific Islander - 0.0%
  • Two or More Races - 2.4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged - 19.6%[10]


The school shares a campus with Robison Elementary School and Spillane Middle School; this campus takes up 182 acres (74 ha) of space.[11] The Carlton Center is connected to the high school building and provides pre-vocational programs for students with disabilities.[12]

Neighborhoods served[edit]

Click here to see the updated attendance boundaries. As of 2017 several master-planned subdivisions, such as Coles Crossing,[13] Lakewood Glen,[14] Lakewood Oaks Estates,[15] Northlake Forest, Cypress Fields, Stablegate, Cypress Landing, Sydney Harbour,[16] Lakes of Rosehill, Cypress Mill, Cypress Creek Lakes, Fairwood, Stable Gate, Stablewood Farms, The Reserve at Cypress Creek, Cypress Creek Ranch, Cypress Ridge, Black Horse Ranch, Cypress Point, Grand Cypress Apartments, Villages of Cypress Lakes Louetta & SE of Mueschke and Park Creek are zoned into Cy Woods.[17]

It formerly served Bridgeland Community,[18] but that development was later rezoned to Cypress Ranch High School.[19][20]

Feeder patterns[edit]

Schools that feed into Cypress Woods include:[21]

  • Elementary schools: Farney, Robison, Sampson, Black (partial), Keith (partial), Lamkin (partial), Postma (partial), Rennell (partial), Woodard (partial)
  • Middle schools: Goodson, Spillane

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Cypress-Fairbanks ISD School Mascots and Colors" (PDF). Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  3. ^ Enrollment up 5,000 from last year. The Houston Chronicle. August 1, 2006
  4. ^ Cypress Woods to welcome 2,100. Community invited to carnival set for Aug. 19. The Houston Chronicle. August 11, 2006
  5. ^ "22 Cypress Woods High School: Cost: $51 Million – Simon Eyes Second Georgetown Project – Revenue, Rank, Ratings, Market Sector, Market Share, Market Size, Industry Trends and Analysis". Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  6. ^ "CFISD Names Next High School ‘Cypress Woods’". Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. 2004-08-10. Archived from the original on March 8, 2006. 
  7. ^ Baird, Annette (2016-02-22). "Rezoning paves way for new Cy-Fair high schools". Cypress Creek Mirror at the Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2016-12-26. 
  8. ^ "Final Recommendation 1-11-16." Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Retrieved on January 5, 2016. This document shows changes in attendance zones between 2015-2016 and 2017-2018.
  9. ^ "Cypress Woods High School :: History". Retrieved 2017-07-09. 
  10. ^ "Cypress Woods High School :: Demographics". Retrieved 2017-07-09. 
  11. ^ Dockery, Kentesheia (2006-07-04). "Into the Woods- Cy-Fair all set to open district's eighth high school in August". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  12. ^ "Carlton :: Home". Retrieved 2017-07-09. 
  13. ^ Coles Crossing website (archived)
  14. ^ "Lakewood Glen : Home". Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  15. ^ "Lakewood Oaks Estates". Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  16. ^ "Sydney Harbour: Waterfront homes, lakefront Homes, lakeside, Houston, Cypress, tile roof, texas, homes, community". Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  17. ^ "Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District :: Attendance Boundaries". Retrieved 2017-07-09. 
  18. ^ "High School Attendance Zones" (2007). Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. As of February 27, 2009. Retrieved on December 31, 2016.
  19. ^ "High School Attendance Zones 9th Grade." Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Retrieved on December 31, 2016.
  20. ^ "High School Attendance Zones 10-12th Grades." Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Retrieved on December 31, 2016.
  21. ^ "[1]." Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Accessed September 12, 2008.

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