Spring High School

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Spring High School
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The west side of the school.
Location
Spring, Texas
United States
Coordinates 30°03′11″N 95°25′47″W / 30.05296°N 95.42986°W / 30.05296; -95.42986Coordinates: 30°03′11″N 95°25′47″W / 30.05296°N 95.42986°W / 30.05296; -95.42986
Information
Type Public school
Established 1969
School district Spring Independent School District
Principal Mrs. Diaka R. Carter
Enrollment 3,427
Color(s) Green, Black, and White
Mascot Lions
Website

Spring High School is a public high school located in the Spring census-designated place in unincorporated Harris County, Texas, United States.[1][2]

Spring High School, which serves grades 9 through 12, is a part of the Spring Independent School District. Spring High School's mascot is the lion. School colors are black, green, and white. Oren Chappell was principal of the school in the early 1980s. Gloria Marshall was the principal of Spring High School from 1985 until June 2007. Dean Borg served as principal for the 2007-2008 school year and Donna Ullrich was named principal on July 3, 2008.. Diaka R. Carter was appointed as the new principal in 2016. As of the 2011-2012 school year, Spring High School is the largest campus in Spring ISD.

Spring High School was named a 1992-93 National Blue Ribbon School.[3]

History[edit]

Spring High School opened in 1969. Spring High was built along Interstate 45 from which passing drivers could see the school. In 1976 Spring High School South opened, taking ninth graders from Spring High School. In 1981 and 1982 Spring High South renamed itself Westfield High School and became its own four-year institution. In 2000 the Richard C. Crain Fine Arts Building opened on the property of Spring High School. It was named after Richard Crain, who directed band at Spring and Westfield and became the director of music.[4]

2013 stabbing incident[edit]

On September 4, 2013, a 17-year-old student was killed, and three other teen boys were injured during a stabbing attack at the school. Luis Alonzo Alfaro, was charged with murder. Luis admitted pulling a knife during the fight and stabbing four people.[5]

2020s[edit]

In February 2017 the district proposed redrawing the attendance boundaries of its high schools; this would take effect in the 2020-2021 school year. The district also plans to establish one ninth grade center for each comprehensive high school.[6] According to the proposed 2020-2021 high school map, the eastern portion of the Spring census-designated place will be reassigned from Spring High School to Dekaney High School.[7][8][9]

Campus[edit]

It is located along Interstate 45, about 20 miles (32 km) north of Downtown Houston.[10]

The original Spring High School campus was built in 1969. In 1996, the Spring ISD Board of Trustees agreed to a 3-year 20 million dollar renovation project that included additional buildings, a new cafeteria, a new baseball field, a softball field and two new gymnasiums. In 2000 the Richard C. Crain Fine Arts Building was built to accommodate the Spring Band, Spring Choir and the Lion Players Theatre Company. In 2009 the Spring High School Performing Arts Center was built after the renovation of the original auditorium.[citation needed]

Student body[edit]

As of 2013, the school has about 3,500 students, making it one of the largest high schools in Harris County.[10] As of that year, 34% of Spring High School students were Hispanic, 32% were White, and 28% were black. In 2003, the school had 2,750 students, with 68% being White, 18% Hispanic, and 12% black.[11]

Choir[edit]

The Spring Choir performed at the 1997, 2004, and 2007 TMEA conventions, has placed over sixty singers in the All-State Choirs since 1995. The Chamber Choir has won the Madrigal and Chamber Choir Festival in San Antonio an unprecedented five times and the choirs have been named National Winners fifteen times in the "Mark of Excellence" contest established by The Foundation for Music Education. The choir was named a Grammy Foundation Signature Schools Semi-finalist three times since 2012.

Notable alumni[edit]

Feeder schools[edit]

The following middle schools feed into Spring High School:[13][14]

  • Rickey C. Bailey Middle School
  • O.B. Dueitt Middle School
  • Twin Creeks Middle School

The following elementary schools feed into Spring High School:[15]

  • Anderson
  • Burchett
  • Hirsch
  • Jenkins
  • Marshall
  • McNabb
  • Northgate Crossing
  • Salyers
  • Smith
  • Winship

References[edit]

  1. ^ Home. Spring High School. Retrieved on November 14, 2015. "19428 I-45 North Spring TX 77373"
  2. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP (INDEX): Spring CDP, TX" (Archive). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on November 14, 2015. Detail of section 2, showing street details (Archive)
  3. ^ PDF
  4. ^ "75 Years of Education, 1935-2010." Spring Independent School District. Retrieved on February 5, 2011. "1969 SPRING HIGH SCHOOL, named for the community, is located on I-45N, Spring. One of the reasons for the chosen location was that motorists traveling on I-45 would be able to see the high school." and "1976 SPRING HIGH SOUTH–WESTFIELD HIGH SCHOOL Known today as Westfield, in 1976 Spring High freshmen and sophomores moved into a new building called Spring High South. In 1981-1982, Spring High South became a full four-year high school and changed its name to Westfield, in honor of the old Westfield community." and "2000 RICHARD C. CRAIN FINE ARTS FACILITY Richard C. Crain Fine Arts Facility is located on the campus of Spring High School at 19428 I-45 North. The facility was named in honor of Richard Crain who directed Spring ISD award-winning bands at Spring and Westfield High Schools prior to being named director of music. Under his direction, the band and choral programs of Spring ISD became worldrenowned. Mr. Crain’s honors include being inducted into the Texas Band Masters Hall of Fame and being named Outstanding Music Educator for Texas by the National Federation of Interscholastic Music Associations. He retired following 21 years of service to Spring ISD."
  5. ^ "Teen charged with murder in stabbing at Spring High School". KTRK TV. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Hill, Glynn A. (2017-02-22). "Spring ISD considers attendance zone changes". The Spring Observer at the Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-04-18. 
  7. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP (INDEX): Spring CDP, TX." United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on April 18, 2017. Page 1, Page 2, Page 3
  8. ^ "High School Attendance Zone 2017-2018." Spring Independent School District. Retrieved on April 18, 2017.
  9. ^ "High School Attendance Zone 2020-2021." Spring Independent School District. Retrieved on April 18, 2017.
  10. ^ a b Fernandez, Manny. "Student Killed and 3 Are Hurt at Houston-Area High School." The New York Times. September 5, 2013. "[...]Spring High School, one of the largest high schools in Harris County. The 3,500-student campus, next to Interstate 45 about 20 miles north of downtown Houston, [...]"
  11. ^ Fraser, Jayme (2013-09-08). "Shots fired at memorial for Spring High student". The Observer at the Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2013-09-09.  Another title: "Former title: Leaders call for racial unity at Spring High School"
  12. ^ "Josh Beckett Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  13. ^ "High School Attendance Zones." Spring Independent School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.
  14. ^ "Middle School Attendance Zones." Spring Independent School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.
  15. ^ "Elementary School Attendance Zones." Spring Independent School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.

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