Santa Fe High School (Texas)

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Santa Fe High School
16000 Highway 6

Coordinates29°23′31″N 95°08′28″W / 29.39194°N 95.14111°W / 29.39194; -95.14111Coordinates: 29°23′31″N 95°08′28″W / 29.39194°N 95.14111°W / 29.39194; -95.14111
TypePublic High School
PrincipalRachel Blundell
Color(s)Green & Gold

Santa Fe High School is a high school in Santa Fe, Texas in the Houston metropolitan area. It is part of the Santa Fe Independent School District. In addition to Santa Fe, its district serves parts of League City, La Marque, Hitchcock, and Dickinson.[1]


Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe[edit]

The high school football team's practice of praying during school-sanctioned sporting events was involved in the court case Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe.[2]

Mass shooting and aftermath[edit]

On May 18, 2018, seventeen-year-old student Dimitrios Pagourtzis allegedly opened fire on faculty and staff, killing eight students and two teachers,[3] as well as injuring thirteen others.[4]

As a result of the mass shooting, the district plans to renovate the northwest area of the campus, including sealing off the art rooms in which the shooting occurred as well as the adjacent hallway. A new hallway and counselor's office will be installed.[5] The art classrooms and art teacher offices were to be relocated.[6]

In July 2018, the district decided to install a bulletproof security area at the main entrance,[6] which included adding metal detectors,[7] as well as adding panic buttons, locks, and alarm systems in classrooms. The district chose not to install a security fence.[6]

From the 2017–2018 to the 2018–2019 school years, the enrollment of the high school declined by 100, which was attributed to both the shooting and Hurricane Harvey.[8]


As of 2018, the school had about 1,500 students, with the majority being Hispanic and non-Hispanic white and with 24% being classified as low income.[9]


  1. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Galveston County, TX" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2021-04-17.
  2. ^ Santa Fe Independent School Dist. v. Doe, 530 U.S. 290 (2000)
  3. ^ "Santa Fe, Texas, School Shooting Leaves Multiple People Dead; Suspect Is in Custody". The New York Times. 2018-05-18. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Texas shooting - LIVE: Suspect Dimitrios Pagourtzis held on capital murder charge as 10 are killed and explosive devices found at Santa Fe high school". The Independent. May 18, 2018. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  5. ^ Webb, Shelby (2018-07-10). "Santa Fe board OKs increased high school security while parents seek more information". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  6. ^ a b c Rascon, Jason (2018-07-10). "4 safety changes for Santa Fe High School approved at district meeting". KPRC-TV. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  7. ^ Yost, Melanie (2018-07-02). "Santa Fe High School to receive metal detectors following deadly shooting". KPRC-TV. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  8. ^ Welb, Shelby (2018-12-07). "Enrollment drops at Santa Fe schools after shooting". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-12-11. About 200 fewer students attend Santa Fe ISD schools this year compared to the 2017-2018 school year, with half of the loss coming at the lone high school.
  9. ^ Hlavaty, Craig (2018-05-18). "Things to know about Santa Fe High School, just south of Houston". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-05-19.

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