Memorial High School (Hedwig Village, Texas)
|Memorial High School|
Memorial High School
|935 Echo Lane
Hedwig Village, Texas 77024
|Grades||9 - 12|
|Color(s)||Red and white|
|Nickname||Memorial, Big Red|
Memorial serves students in portions of the Memorial and Spring Branch regions of Houston and several enclaves within the portions. Memorial is part of the Spring Branch Independent School District and serves grades 9 through 12. As of 2005, the district was granted a $500 million education grant, $150 million of which belongs to Memorial High School.
Memorial Senior High School opened in 1962 to relieve overcrowding at Spring Branch High School. Memorial was the second high school to open in the Spring Branch Independent School District. At the time, students living north of Old Katy Road attended Spring Branch and students living south of Old Katy Road attended Memorial. This arrangement lasted until Spring Woods High School opened in 1964.
The design of the school was classic early 1960s in the South, with a large, open campus. Each classroom building opened into an outside breezeway, to maximize air flow as the school did not have air conditioning.
When Memorial first opened, the area surrounding the school was largely forest and rice fields, but it rapidly grew as new subdivisions were built, and by the mid-1960s, Memorial's enrollment exceeded 3,000 students, a number much larger than the school was meant to hold. This problem was resolved with the opening of Westchester Senior High School in 1967, and later Stratford Senior High School in 1974.
At the time, Memorial's main rivals were the Spring Branch Bears and Westchester Wildcats. However, by the mid-1980s, the enrollment of nearly every school across the district had dropped precariously, and it was decided that Westchester and Spring Branch High Schools would be closed. Memorial remained open, and took in students from both Westchester and Spring Branch High Schools.
Today, Memorial is the oldest high school still operating in Spring Branch ISD. The school has received extensive renovations, which began during the 1996–1997 school year. Every building in the school was gutted and refurbished, outdated facilities were replaced and the campus was made more secure.
In 2011, Memorial High School was named the #10 most posh public school in the country, as it pulls from a very wealthy area of Houston.
Memorial serves students in all of the Memorial Villages (including Bunker Hill Village, Hedwig Village, Hilshire Village, Spring Valley Village, and most of Hunters Creek Village and Piney Point Village). While the school has a Houston address, it is located in the city of Hedwig Village and it draws from a small portion of Houston in the Memorial and Spring Branch regions (including Stablewood, Afton Village, Brykerwoods, Monarch Oaks, Spring Oaks, Sandalwood, Whispering Oaks, and portions of Westview Terrace). A section of the Memorial City district is within the school's attendance zone.
Memorial has a rivalry with Stratford High School. Memorial also has a successful football team, which went to the state semifinals in December 2010, in the Division II bracket (in which a .500 season will get into the playoffs). Back when a team had to win its district championship to enter the playoffs, the 1979 Mustangs went all the way to the state finals, a school record as yet unbeaten.
As of 2012, the Memorial tennis team had a district record of 73-0 and has finished in the state finals for 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Memorial also has tennis, soccer, track & field, cross country, swimming//diving, basketball, golf, baseball, softball, and volleyball teams. The school also has a club field hockey team for girls, and club lacrosse and rugby for both boys and girls.
- American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.1%
- Asian/Pacific Islander 10.6%
- Hispanic/Latino 12.8%
- Black 1.1%
- White 75.4%
Awards and honors
The school was ranked 258th, 133rd, 103rd, 126th, 225th, 307th, and 254th in Newsweek's 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, and 2013 lists, respectively, of top high schools in the United States since the list's inception in 2003.[note 1] It was also ranked 239th and 233rd in U.S. News' 2012 and 2013 lists, respectively, of top high schools in the United States.
Memorial was given the College Readiness Award by the Texas ACT Council in 2008 and 2010. The school was awarded the Just 4 The Kids (NCEA) High Performing School award in 2008 and 2009. In 2008, it was named an Honor Roll School by the Texas Business & Education Coalition. Memorial was named one of the Top 10 Best High Schools in the Area by Children at Risk in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012. It was also given the TAKS Gold Performance Award in 2012.
Feeding from public schools
Elementary schools that feed into Memorial High School include:
- Bunker Hill
- Hunters Creek
- Memorial Drive
- Valley Oaks
- Housman (partial)
- Rummel Creek (partial)
Middle schools that feed into Memorial High School include:
- H. M. Landrum (partial)
- Memorial Middle School (partial)
- Spring Branch Middle School (partial)
- Cornerstone Academy (partial)
Feeding from private schools
Some private schools, such as First Baptist Academy, Grace School, Presbyterian School, River Oaks Baptist School, St. Francis Episcopal Day School, and The Regis School of the Sacred Heart, have students that matriculate into Memorial.
- Kevin Ahrens - prospect third baseman in the Atlanta Braves organization
- Koby Clemens - professional baseball player with the Sugar Land Skeeters
- Anne Clutterbuck - Houston City Council Mayor Pro Tempore
- Doug Dawson - former NFL offensive lineman for the Arizona Cardinals, Houston Oilers, and Cleveland Browns
- Kiki DeAyala - former NFL defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals; also played in the USFL for the Houston Gamblers
- Michael Dell - founder and CEO of Dell, Inc
- Dave Donalson - professional skateboarder
- Chet Edwards - former member of the Texas State Senate and U.S. House of Representatives
- Joel Fram - Broadway and West End musical director and producer
- Graham Godfrey - professional baseball player for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball
- Shannon Kelley - offensive assistant football coach at Houston Baptist University; husband of Mary Lou Retton
- Niloufar Molavi - PwC US Energy Leader
- Andrew Moldovan - Federal Reserve System
- Cory Morrow  - country singer and songwriter
- Steve Munisteri  - chairman of the Republican Party of Texas since June 12, 2010
- John Norris - MTV VJ
- Dominique Sachse  - Houston news anchor
- Terri Sharp - gold record-winning songwriter and vocalist
- Jim Sheeler  - 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author
- Mark Strama - member of the Texas House of Representatives
- Markus Trillsch - CEO and co-founder of Sensatus Group, LLC; co-founder and CEO of American Metabolix
- Adam Wexler - Houston area sports talk radio host and columnist
- Note that Newsweek did not compile a list in 2004.
- Note that no state accountability ratings were assigned in 2003 and 2012.
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- R. Latham, 1979 team member
- Ethnic Distribution
- Blue Ribbon School Program
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- The Complete List of the 1,000 Top U.S. Schools (2005–2006)
- America's Top Public High Schools 2006 at MSNBC.com
- America's Top Public High Schools 2007 at MSNBC.com
- Memorial High named to Newsweek's best in U.S. list
- America's Top Public High Schools 2012 at newsweek.com
- America's Top Public High Schools 2013 at newsweek.com
- Memorial High named to U.S News's best in U.S. list
- America's Top Public High Schools 2013 at usnews.com
- Memorial High School 2011-12
- Memorial High School 2012-13
- Accountability District Multiyear History 1995-2002
- Accountability District Multiyear History 2004-2011
- Texas Monthly's Best High Schools
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- First Baptist Academy
- Grace School
- Presbyterian School
- River Oaks Baptist School
- St. Francis Episcopal Day School
- The Regis School of the Sacred Heart
- "FBA at a Glance," First Baptist Academy
- "Grace School Quick Facts," Grace School
- "Beyond PS," Presbyterian School
- "Where Do Our Students Go From Here?," River Oaks Baptist School
- "High School Placement," St. Francis Episcopal Day School
- "Alumni: Where Are They Now?," The Regis School of the Sacred Heart
- Turner, Ronnie (June 7, 2007). "Memorial's Ahrens, Rice's Savery taken in 1st round". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
- Koby Clemens Minor League Statistics and History. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
- "Michael Dell." Texas Association of School Boards. March 15, 2008. Retrieved on October 7, 2009.
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- "Biography: Personal Information for Stephen P. Munisteri" (PDF). betweenthesynapse.com. Retrieved September 27, 2010.
- "Dominique Sachse" Channel 2 News. Retrieved on October 7, 2009.
- The 2006 Pulitzer Prize Winners - Feature Writing
- Memorial High School
- Memorial High School Baseball official site
- Memorial High School Theatre
- Memorial High School Mustang Band
- MHS Orchestra
- Memorial Mustang Outreach Bunch
- Spring Branch ISD News
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