Memorial High School (Hedwig Village, Texas)

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Memorial High School
Memorial High School
Memorial High School is located in Texas
Memorial High School
Memorial High School
Memorial High School is located in the United States
Memorial High School
Memorial High School
935 Echo Lane

Hedwig Village

United States
Coordinates29°46′50″N 95°31′22″W / 29.78061°N 95.52278°W / 29.78061; -95.52278Coordinates: 29°46′50″N 95°31′22″W / 29.78061°N 95.52278°W / 29.78061; -95.52278
PrincipalLisa Weir
Grades9 - 12
Enrollment2,638 (2016-17)[1]
RivalStratford High School
NewspaperThe Anvil
YearbookThe Reata

Memorial High School (MHS) is a secondary school located at 935 Echo Lane in Hedwig Village, Texas, United States, in Greater Houston.[2]

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 (SBISD) 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 SBISD. 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.[citation needed] This problem was resolved with the opening of Westchester Senior High School in 1967,[3] and later Stratford Senior High School in 1974.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[4]

In January 2017 a vandal sprayed graffiti of a racist character on the school property.[5]


The inside of the school campus

The campus is two blocks south of Interstate 10. Memorial City Mall is to the west.[5]

Neighborhoods served[edit]

Memorial serves[6] students in all of the Memorial Villages (including Bunker Hill Village,[7] Hedwig Village,[8] Hilshire Village,[9] Spring Valley Village,[10] and most of Hunters Creek Village[11] and Piney Point Village[12]). While the school has a Houston address, it is located in the city of Hedwig Village,[8] 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).[6][citation needed] A section of the Memorial City district is within the school's attendance zone.[13]


Memorial High Stadium

Memorial has a rivalry with Stratford High School.[14] Memorial also has a formerly successful football team, which went to the state semifinals in December 2010 in the Division II bracket. The 1979 Mustangs went all the way to the state finals, a school record as of yet unbeaten.[citation needed]

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.

Ethnic distribution[edit]

As of 2017[5]

  • Asian/Pacific Islander 16%
  • Hispanic/Latino 17%
  • Black 2%
  • White almost 66%

Awards and honors[edit]

Memorial was named a 1988-89 National Blue Ribbon School.[15]

The school was ranked 258th,[16] 133rd,[17] 103rd,[18] 126th,[19] 225th,[20] 307th,[21] and 254th[22] 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[23] and 233rd[24] 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.[25] 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.[26]

The school achieved "recognized" status in the accountability ratings system by the Texas Education Agency in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.[27][28][note 2]

It was awarded five stars and ranked in the top ten high schools in Texas by Texas Monthly magazine in 2002.[29]

Feeder patterns[edit]

Feeding from public schools[edit]

Elementary schools that feed into Memorial High School include:[30]

  • Bunker Hill
  • Frostwood
  • Hunters Creek
  • Memorial Drive
  • Valley Oaks
  • Housman (partial)
  • Rummel Creek (partial)

Middle schools that feed into Memorial High School include:[30]

  • H. M. Landrum (partial)
  • Memorial Middle School (partial)
  • Spring Branch Middle School (partial)

Feeding from private schools[edit]

Some private schools, such as First Baptist Academy,[31] Grace School,[32] Presbyterian School,[33] River Oaks Baptist School,[34] St. Francis Episcopal Day School,[35] and The Regis School of the Sacred Heart,[36] have students that matriculate into Memorial.[37][38][39][40][41][42]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Note that Newsweek did not compile a list in 2004.
  2. ^ Note that no state accountability ratings were assigned in 2003 and 2012.


  1. ^ "MEMORIAL H S". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "Hedwig Village city, Texas." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on October 7, 2009.
  3. ^ Hughes, Kim. "Westchester High all-alumni reunion planned for Nov. 10" (Archive). Houston Chronicle. November 4, 2007. Retrieved on June 25, 2015.
  4. ^ The 10 Most Posh Public School Systems in America
  5. ^ a b c Webb, Shelby; Andrew Kragie (2017-01-04). "Racist graffiti scrawled across Memorial High in Spring Branch ISD". Memorial Examiner at the Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-01-22. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ a b Memorial High School Zone. Spring Branch Independent School District. Retrieved on December 6, 2018.
  7. ^ "City Map." Bunker Hill Village. Retrieved on December 6, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Hedwig Village city, TX." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on December 6, 2018.
  9. ^ "Zoning Map." Hilshire Village. Retrieved on December 6, 2018.
  10. ^ "Zoning Map." Spring Valley Village. Retrieved on December 6, 2018.
  11. ^ "Zoning Map." City of Hunters Creek Village. Retrieved on December 6, 2018.
  12. ^ "Street Map." City of Piney Point Village. Retrieved on December 6, 2018.
  13. ^ Memorial City Management District Boundary Archived 2011-07-27 at the Wayback Machine." Memorial City District. Retrieved on January 25, 2009.
  14. ^ Connelly, Richard. "Memorial High: Staying Classy As Ever With The Stratford Rivalry." Houston Press. Tuesday October 6, 2009. Retrieved on October 7, 2009.
  15. ^ Blue Ribbon School Program Archived 2009-03-26 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ America's Top Public High Schools 2003 at
  17. ^ The Complete List of the 1,000 Top U.S. Schools (2005–2006)
  18. ^ America's Top Public High Schools 2006 at
  19. ^ America's Top Public High Schools 2007 at
  20. ^ Memorial High named to Newsweek's best in U.S. list
  21. ^ America's Top Public High Schools 2012 at
  22. ^ America's Top Public High Schools 2013 at
  23. ^ Memorial High named to U.S News's best in U.S. list
  24. ^ America's Top Public High Schools 2013 at
  25. ^ Memorial High School 2011-12
  26. ^ Memorial High School 2012-13
  27. ^ Accountability District Multiyear History 1995-2002
  28. ^ Accountability District Multiyear History 2004-2011 Archived 2012-07-02 at the Wayback Machine
  29. ^ Texas Monthly's Best High Schools
  30. ^ a b Spring Branch ISD feeder schools
  31. ^ First Baptist Academy
  32. ^ Grace School
  33. ^ Presbyterian School
  34. ^ River Oaks Baptist School
  35. ^ St. Francis Episcopal Day School
  36. ^ The Regis School of the Sacred Heart
  37. ^ "FBA at a Glance Archived 2011-10-02 at the Wayback Machine," First Baptist Academy
  38. ^ "Grace School Quick Facts Archived 2013-08-01 at the Wayback Machine," Grace School
  39. ^ "Beyond PS Archived 2013-05-15 at the Wayback Machine," Presbyterian School
  40. ^ "Where Do Our Students Go From Here?," River Oaks Baptist School
  41. ^ "High School Placement," St. Francis Episcopal Day School
  42. ^ "Alumni: Where Are They Now?," The Regis School of the Sacred Heart
  43. ^ Koby Clemens Minor League Statistics and History. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  44. ^ "Michael Dell." Texas Association of School Boards. March 15, 2008. Retrieved on October 7, 2009.
  45. ^ The 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winners - National Reporting
  46. ^ "V." Utopia Artists.
  47. ^ "Biography: Personal Information for Stephen P. Munisteri" (PDF). Retrieved September 27, 2010.
  48. ^ "Texas Secretary of State 2018 Elections Results". 2018-12-18. Retrieved 2018-12-19.

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Preceded by
Governor's School
National Academic Championship champion
Succeeded by
Edison High School
Preceded by
Houston Jones High School
Texas 4A State Basketball Champions
Succeeded by
San Antonio Lee High School