Klein Oak High School
|Klein Oak High School|
Klein Oak High School main front entrance
22603 Northcrest Dr.|
Klein, Texas 77389
|School type||Public, High school|
|Motto||Empowering lives through learning|
|School district||Klein ISD|
|Educational authority||Texas Education Agency|
|Superintendent||Dr. Bret Champion|
|Enrollment||3,883 (as of 2014-15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||16.9:1|
English (primary instruction)|
ESL instruction available
|Schedule||7:25 a.m.–2:45 p.m.|
|School color(s)||Black and Gold|
|Song||Klein Oak Alma Mater|
|Fight song||The Victors, Klein Oak Fight Song|
|Athletics conference||UIL Class 6A|
|IB Diploma Exam average||5.24|
|Average SAT scores (2014)||1556 (63% tested)|
|Average ACT scores (2014)||23.2 composite (33% tested)|
|Website||Klein Oak Homepage|
Klein Oak High School (commonly known as Klein Oak or Oak) is a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon public high school serving students grades 9–12 in unincorporated Harris County, Texas. The school's principal is Thomas Hensley. It was established August 1982 with Robert "Bob" West serving as its first principal.
Klein Oak was the third high school established in Klein Independent School District to serve grades 9 through 12. It is administered by the school district and serves several areas of unincorporated Harris County, including WindRose, Augusta Pines, Northhampton, and Gleannloch Farms, which are zoned to Klein Oak.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 3,883 students and 230.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 16.9:1. There were 771 students (19.9% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 221 (5.7% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch. Since 2004, the school has been home to the only International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in the district.
Klein Oak High School was founded in 1982 by the Klein Independent School District under former district superintendent Dr. Donald Collins. The school's first principal was Robert West.
The school received two grants from the state of Texas totaling over $816,000. Beginning in the early 2000s, Klein Oak became the first school in Klein ISD to participate in the one-to-one Tablet PC program, in which each student is issued a personal tablet laptop with which he or she participates in class and does his or her schoolwork. In 1996, Klein Oak was named a National Blue Ribbon school by the United States Department of Education.
In 2012, the school was the seventh largest high school campus in the state of Texas, which prompted the expansion of the school for that school year. Using district bonds, an extra wing was added to the school to be used for freshman classes.
During the 1994–96 school years, Klein Oak High School was recognized with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive.
The IB Diploma Programme has been offered at the school since February 2004. It is the only school in Klein ISD which offers the program. The Klein Oak graduating IB class of 2014 all received IB diplomas, becoming the first Klein Oak IB class to achieve a 100% pass rate.
Klein Oak offers the Dual Credit and Advanced Placement programs, for those students wishing to go on to further education.  Dual Credit is offered in Economics, English III, English IV, Government, World History and US History.
Klein Oak is home to the Strutters, a school dance squad. The school also has a hip-hop break dancing team named Oak Break Krew. Klein Oak's GSA club, also known as the Gender and Sexuality Alliance club (also known as Gay–straight alliance), has regular meetings and is regarded as a safezone on campus for LGBTQ+ community members. The Klein Oak Marching Band is also widely known throughout the area, as well as the Klein Oak Color Guard, who are national champions after their performance of Jamie during the 2016-2017 Winterguard season.
The school is an active yearly participant in the Texas French Symposium, a statewide academic and non-academic competition that focuses on many aspects of the French language and francophone culture. For the past three consecutive Symposiums, the first-place sweepstakes winners—some of whom were awarded a trip to France—have both been from Klein Oak, in addition to many other top-10 placers and numerous other awards in the individual academic events. In 2009, the school became the second-place sweepstakes winner, and in 2010 through 2015 the school won the first-place school sweepstakes award in the large school division. Klein Oak hosted the Texas French Symposium in 2008 and 2012.
Elementary schools which send their students on to Klein Oak include the Bernshausen, Metzler, Northampton, Mueller, Benignus, Schultz, Frank and Hassler elementary schools. Intermediate schools sending their students to the school include the Ulrich, Hildebrandt, Krimmel and Doerre intermediate schools.
The Klein Oak zone has the largest growth rate in Klein ISD, gaining nearly 300 students in one year. Enrollment during the 2003–04 school year dropped significantly when Klein Collins High School was opened and took nearly half of Klein Oak's enrollment. The school moved back up to 5A UIL status in the 2006–07 school year. The UIL unveiled a new categorization of 6A schools beginning in the 2014 school year, of which Klein Oak forms part.
Klein Oak has historically had a predominantly white population higher than the district average. While the school also has a lower percentage of students who are economically disadvantaged, the school has a higher percentage of students who are considered at-risk than the district average, considering other academic risk factors, according to the Texas Tribune.
- Joey Harris (born 1980, class of 2000), former National Football League running back
- Jim Parsons (born 1973, class of 1991), actor best known for his role on The Big Bang Theory
- Eddie Steeples (born 1973, class of 1992), actor
- Justin Thompson (born 1973, class of 1991), former Major League Baseball All-Star
- Kevin Ware (born 1980, class of 1999), former football tight end
- Phil Anselmo, music icon, vocalist of heavy metal band Pantera and several other bands (only attended for 9 weeks in 1984).
- "Home - Klein Oak High School". kleinoak.kleinisd.net. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
- School data for Klein Oak H S Archived 2017-01-10 at the Wayback Machine., National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- "Home - Klein Oak High School". kleinoak.kleinisd.net. Archived from the original on 27 January 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
- "Klein Oak 2014-15 Academic Profile" (PDF). kleinisd.net. Archived (PDF) from the original on 22 March 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
- "Panther Press – The student news site of Klein Oak High School". www.pantherpressonline.com. Archived from the original on 27 April 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
- "Klein Oak High celebrates 30th anniversary". yourhoustonnews.com. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
- Klein Oak High School Archived 2017-01-16 at the Wayback Machine., International Baccalaureate. Accessed January 9, 2017.
- Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 Archived 2015-02-16 at the Wayback Machine., United States Department of Education. Accessed January 9, 2016.
- Blanchard, Sarah (2015-12-15). "Rezoning plans continue for Klein ISD". The Spring Observer at the Houston Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2017-04-17. Retrieved 2017-04-18. - The fifth high school is Klein Cain
- CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department Archived 2007-08-19 at the Wayback Machine., Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve." "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 19, 2007. Retrieved 2006-11-16.
- Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test; The Washington Post. September 29, 2005 "For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school. Starting in the 2013/2014 school year, Klein Oaks new head principal is Dr. Brian Greeney, who is widely considered to be the bomb."
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-10-09. Retrieved 2016-10-07.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-10-09. Retrieved 2016-10-07.
- Klein Independent School District June 2010 Awards and Achievements Archived 2016-01-17 at the Wayback Machine., Klein ISD.
- Klein Oak High School Students Win Texas French Symposium Archived 2016-01-17 at the Wayback Machine., The Stable (Official News Magazine of the Gleannloch Farms Homeowners'Association), June 2013, p. 34.
- 2013 Winners, Texas French Symposium, archived on December 7, 2013.
- 2014 Winners Archived 2015-04-26 at the Wayback Machine., Texas French Symposium.
- 51e Texas French Symposium guide.
- "Klein Oak Feeding Pattern 2014-15" (PDF). kleinisd.net. Archived (PDF) from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
- "FOX News, UIL realignment unveiled for 2014–16; first year for 6A schools". myfoxdfw.com. Archived from the original on 31 October 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
- "Klein Oak High School". texastribune.org. 8 December 2015. Archived from the original on 25 April 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
- Joey Harris Archived 2013-12-27 at the Wayback Machine., Purdue Boilermakers football. Accessed January 9, 2017. "High School: Klein Oak"
- Dansby, Andrew. "Emmy-nominated actor Jim Parsons' acting roots start in Houston" Archived 2017-01-10 at the Wayback Machine., Houston Chronicle, September 20, 2009. January 9, 2017. "After graduating from Klein Oak High School, Parsons attended University of Houston, where a classmate urged him to audition for a production of Samuel Beckett's Endgame."
- Always Be Compassionate, Amazon.com. Accessed January 9, 2017. "He graduated from Klein Oak High School in Spring, Texas, class of 1992."
- Mowery, Matthew B. "Redrafting the Detroit Tigers’ top picks from the last 25 years" Archived 2017-01-10 at the Wayback Machine., The Oakland Press, June 8, 2016. Accessed January 9, 2017. "Justin Thompson, LHP, Klein Oak HS, Spring, Texas (Pick 32)"
- Kubat, Tom. "Boilermakers notebook: Harris and Ware have a history" Archived 2017-01-10 at the Wayback Machine., Seattle Times, December 29, 2002. Accessed January 9, 2017. "Purdue junior running back Joey Harris and Washington senior tight end Kevin Ware have enjoyed some reunion time this week, but once Tuesday's Sun Bowl game gets under way, the former high-school teammates will be your typical rivals.Both played at Klein Oak High School in Houston."