James E. Taylor High School

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James E. Taylor
Katy Taylor HS Crest.png
Address
20700 Kingsland Boulevard

, ,
77450

Coordinates29°46′39″N 95°43′57″W / 29.777496°N 95.732438°W / 29.777496; -95.732438Coordinates: 29°46′39″N 95°43′57″W / 29.777496°N 95.732438°W / 29.777496; -95.732438
Information
TypePublic
Motto"Think, Work, Grow"
Established1979
School districtKaty ISD
PrincipalChris Morgan
Faculty210
Grades9-12
Enrollment2,922 (2015-16) [1]
Color(s)     Royal Blue
     White
Athletics conferenceUIL Class 6A
MascotMustang
RivalsCinco Ranch High School

Katy High School
Tompkins High School
Seven Lakes High School
Strake Jesuit (dormant)

Memorial High School (non-conference)
NewspaperMane Event
YearbookStampede
Website

James E. Taylor High School is a public high school in unincorporated Harris County, Texas, in Greater Katy.[2][3] The school, which serves grades 9 through 12, is part of Katy Independent School District. Established in 1979, Taylor High School is a Blue Ribbon School and is ranked among the best in graduation rates, SAT scores, college admittance, and AP scores in the nation.[4] In 2013 the school was ranked the 536th "Best High School in the Nation" by Newsweek Magazine.[5]

Namesake[edit]

The school was named for James "Jimmy" Edgar Taylor (1912–1997), superintendent of the Katy ISD for 31 years. During his tenure, Katy ISD grew from a Class A district to one which opened its second Class 5A high school in 1979, named James E. Taylor High School.[6]

Awards and honors[edit]

Academics[edit]

  • 5A Academic Decathlon National Champions: 1997, 2000[7]
  • 5A Academic Decathlon State Champions: 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001[7]
  • National Blue Ribbon School: 1994, 1995, 1996
  • State nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching: 1999
  • Texas Business and Education Coalition Just For the Kids Honor Roll: 2003[8]
  • Texas Education Agency Exemplary School: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003[8]
  • UIL 5A Academics State Social Studies Champions: 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011[7]
  • UIL 5A Academics State Spelling Champions: 2011[7]
  • UIL 5A Academics State Champions: 2004, 2007[7]
  • UIL 5A Academics State Computer Science Champions: 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007[7]

Engineering and science[edit]

  • TCEA State Programming Champions: 2005, 2008[7]
  • American Computer Science League - International Competition First Place: 2006
  • HP Code Wars Champions: 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008[7]
  • Texas A&M Regional Science Bowl champions: 2006

Athletics[edit]

Mustang Basketball Program

The Taylor Mustangs have established an intense rivalry with cross-town foe the Memorial Mustangs, whom compete in Spring Branch ISD. They have beaten them in three consecutive years beginning in 2016. Other rivalries include the Tompkins Falcons, Cinco Ranch Cougars, and Seven Lakes Spartans. The Mustangs competed against the Strake Jesuit Crusaders until district realignment in 2018.

Mustang Tennis Program

The Tennis program established itself as one of the elite tennis programs in the state during the 90's and early 2000's, winning 3 state championships in 1997, 1998, and 2002. The tennis program faced some controversy with the UIL for playing an ineligible student in 2015, which resulted in the firing of their head coach. The Mustangs were most recently eliminated in the first round of the state playoffs by Clements High School in both 2016 and 2017.

Mustang Football Program[edit]

The Mustangs have a historic rivalry with the Katy Tigers Football program. This rivalry goes back to 1982 when the Mustangs played their first game against the Tigers. It took 4 years for Katy to earn their first win against the Mustangs, but the tide has now shifted. The Mustangs haven't beaten the Tigers since 1995. The Mustangs have 9 playoff appearances in their history, but have never won a state championship. Former Mustang quarterback Billie Powell recounts how Katy fans would paint a red line marking their territory to the west and Taylor supporters would paint a blue stripe marking their turf to the east. Powell said everyone knew that from Texas 6 to Mason Road was Taylor land. To the west was Katy territory. He said Katy was teased for being an "agricultural" school because some of its students came from area rice farms, while people had the perception that Taylor students had the money.

State Championships

  • UIL wrestling state champions (women): 2006[7]
  • UIL swimming and diving state champions (men): 2001, 2003[7]
  • UIL tennis state team champions: 1997, 1998, 2002[9]
  • UIL tennis state doubles champions (women): 2008, 2011[7]
  • UIL soccer state champions (women): 2006[7]
  • UIL tennis singles champions (men):1999, 2004, 2007 2011, 2013

Notable alumni and staff[edit]

Arts and entertainment[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Newsweek rankings[edit]

Newsweek Magazine annually compiles a list of "America's Top Public High Schools," and Taylor has been listed since its inception in 2003.

  • 2013: 536 [5]
  • 2012: 599 [13]
  • 2011: 259 [14]
  • 2010: 1,040 [15]
  • 2009: 1,116 [16]
  • 2008: 771 [17]
  • 2007: 798 [18]
  • 2006: 641 [19]
  • 2005: 479 [20]
  • 2004: Newsweek did not compile a list
  • 2003: 377

Demographics[edit]

Income Statistics[edit]

The average household income zoning areas to James E. Taylor High School is 166,986, which is balanced by the higher 77094 zip code with an average income of 207,000 as compared to the 77450 zip code with an average income of 127,000. Taylor High School is in the upper 6.2 percent of Texas high schools for family income.

Racial Makeup[edit]

50.8% - White

23.3% - Hispanic

15.0% - Asian

6.8% - Black

Feeder patterns[edit]

The following junior high schools feed into Taylor High School:

  • Memorial Parkway Junior High
  • McMeans Junior High
  • West Memorial Junior High (a very small portion)

The following elementary schools feed into Taylor High School:

  • Nottingham Country Elementary
  • Pattison Elementary
  • Memorial Parkway Elementary
  • Exley Elementary (partial)
  • Jeanette Hayes Elementary
  • Wolfe Elementary (partial)
  • West Memorial Elementary (a very small portion)

Taylor attendance boundaries were adjusted in 2010 so that all of McMeans Junior High School now attends Taylor High School.[21][22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TAYLOR H S". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  2. ^ Home. James E. Taylor High School. Retrieved on December 27, 2016. "20700 Kingsland Blvd. Katy, Texas 77450"
  3. ^ "City of Katy Zoning Map." City of Katy. Retrieved on December 27, 2016. The purpose of this map is to show that the school is outside of the Katy city limits.
  4. ^ "Archived: Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF)" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  5. ^ a b "2013 America's Best High Schools - Newsweek and The Daily Beast". Thedailybeast.com. 1951-08-02. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  6. ^ "Katy ISD - THS". Kisdwebs.katyisd.org. Archived from the original on 2013-09-22. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "THS Awards and Accomplishments". Kisdwebs.katyisd.org. 2012-10-15. Archived from the original on 2014-08-10. Retrieved 2014-08-07.
  8. ^ a b "Katy ISD - THS". Kisdwebs.katyisd.org. 2012-10-15. Archived from the original on 2013-09-25. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  9. ^ "Katy ISD - THS". Kisdwebs.katyisd.org. 2012-10-15. Archived from the original on 2013-09-23. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  10. ^ "Trevor Enders Stats - ESPN". Baseball.espn.go.com. 2000-02-09. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  11. ^ "Geno Espineli Stats, Bio, Photos, Highlights | MiLB.com Stats | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Minorleaguebaseball.com. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  12. ^ "Jon Meloan Stats, Video Highlights, Photos, Bio | MLB.com: Team". Cleveland.indians.mlb.com. 2013-05-24. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  13. ^ "America's Best High Schools 2012 - Newsweek and The Daily Beast". Thedailybeast.com. 2012-05-20. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  14. ^ "2011: America's Best High Schools - Newsweek and The Daily Beast". Newsweek.com. 2011-06-20. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  15. ^ $fieldIdx1. "High School Profile Page - Newsweek and The Daily Beast". Newsweek.com. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  16. ^ "America's Top Public High Schools - Newsweek and The Daily Beast". Newsweek.com. 2009-06-07. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  17. ^ "America's Top Public High Schools 2008 - Newsweek and The Daily Beast". Newsweek.com. 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  18. ^ "America's Top Public High Schools 2008 - Newsweek and The Daily Beast". Newsweek.com. 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  19. ^ "America's Top Public High Schools 2008 - Newsweek and The Daily Beast". Newsweek.com. 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  20. ^ "America's Top Public High Schools 2008 - Newsweek and The Daily Beast". Newsweek.com. 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  21. ^ [1] Archived July 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  22. ^ [2] Archived March 2, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.

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