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Memorial High School (Hedwig Village, Texas)

memorial high school (hedwig village texas)
Memorial High School MHS is a secondary school located at 935 Echo Lane in Hedwig Village, Texas, United States, in Greater Houston2

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


  • 1 History
  • 2 Campus
  • 3 Neighborhoods served
  • 4 Athletics
  • 5 Ethnic distribution
  • 6 Awards and honors
  • 7 Feeder patterns
    • 71 Feeding from public schools
    • 72 Feeding from private schools
  • 8 Notable alumni
  • 9 Notes
  • 10 References
  • 11 External links


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 holdcitation needed This problem was resolved with the opening of Westchester Senior High School in 1967,3 and later Stratford Senior High School in 1974citation 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 Schoolscitation 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 Houston4

In January 2017 a vandal sprayed graffiti of a racist character on the school property5


The inside of the school campus

The campus is two blocks south of Interstate 10 Memorial City Mall is to the west5

Neighborhoods servededit

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 Terrace6 A section of the Memorial City district is within the school's attendance zone7


Memorial High Stadium

Memorial has a rivalry with Stratford High School8 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 unbeatencitation 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 distributionedit

As of 2017update5

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

Awards and honorsedit

Memorial was named a 1988-89 National Blue Ribbon School9

The school was ranked 258th,10 133rd,11 103rd,12 126th,13 225th,14 307th,15 and 254th16 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 2003note 1 It was also ranked 239th17 and 233rd18 in US 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 Coalition19 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 201220

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 20112122note 2

It was awarded five stars and ranked in the top ten high schools in Texas by Texas Monthly magazine in 200223

Feeder patternsedit

Feeding from public schoolsedit

Elementary schools that feed into Memorial High School include:24

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

Middle schools that feed into Memorial High School include:24

  • H M Landrum partial
  • Memorial Middle School partial
  • Spring Branch Middle School partial
  • Cornerstone Academy partial

Feeding from private schoolsedit

Some private schools, such as First Baptist Academy,25 Grace School,26 Presbyterian School,27 River Oaks Baptist School,28 St Francis Episcopal Day School,29 and The Regis School of the Sacred Heart,30 have students that matriculate into Memorial313233343536

Notable alumniedit

  • Kevin Ahrens - prospect third baseman in the Atlanta Braves organization37
  • Koby Clemens - professional baseball player with the Sugar Land Skeeters38
  • Michael Dell39 - founder and CEO of Dell, Inc
  • Cory Morrow40 - country singer and songwriter
  • Steve Munisteri41 - chairman of the Republican Party of Texas since June 12, 2010
  • Dominique Sachse42 - Houston news anchor
  • Grace White43 - KHOU 11 News Reporter
  • Jim Sheeler44 - 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author
  • David Fahrenthold45 - 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author


  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 November 11, 2017 
  2. ^ "Hedwig Village city, Texas" US 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 
  6. ^ "High School Boundaries Archived 2007-10-05 at the Wayback Machine" Spring Branch Independent School District Retrieved on March 25, 2009
  7. ^ Memorial City Management District Boundary" Memorial City District Retrieved on January 25, 2009
  8. ^ Connelly, Richard "Memorial High: Staying Classy As Ever With The Stratford Rivalry" Houston Press Tuesday October 6, 2009 Retrieved on October 7, 2009
  9. ^ Blue Ribbon School Program Archived 2009-03-26 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ America's Top Public High Schools 2003 at MSNBCcom
  11. ^ The Complete List of the 1,000 Top US Schools 2005–2006
  12. ^ America's Top Public High Schools 2006 at MSNBCcom
  13. ^ America's Top Public High Schools 2007 at MSNBCcom
  14. ^ Memorial High named to Newsweek's best in US list
  15. ^ America's Top Public High Schools 2012 at newsweekcom
  16. ^ America's Top Public High Schools 2013 at newsweekcom
  17. ^ Memorial High named to US News's best in US list
  18. ^ America's Top Public High Schools 2013 at usnewscom
  19. ^ Memorial High School 2011-12
  20. ^ Memorial High School 2012-13
  21. ^ Accountability District Multiyear History 1995-2002
  22. ^ Accountability District Multiyear History 2004-2011
  23. ^ Texas Monthly's Best High Schools
  24. ^ a b Spring Branch ISD feeder schools
  25. ^ First Baptist Academy
  26. ^ Grace School
  27. ^ Presbyterian School
  28. ^ River Oaks Baptist School
  29. ^ St Francis Episcopal Day School
  30. ^ The Regis School of the Sacred Heart
  31. ^ "FBA at a Glance," First Baptist Academy
  32. ^ "Grace School Quick Facts Archived 2013-08-01 at the Wayback Machine," Grace School
  33. ^ "Beyond PS," Presbyterian School
  34. ^ "Where Do Our Students Go From Here," River Oaks Baptist School
  35. ^ "High School Placement," St Francis Episcopal Day School
  36. ^ "Alumni: Where Are They Now," The Regis School of the Sacred Heart
  37. ^ Turner, Ronnie June 7, 2007 "Memorial's Ahrens, Rice's Savery taken in 1st round" Houston Chronicle Retrieved April 7, 2014 
  38. ^ Koby Clemens Minor League Statistics and History Retrieved February 19, 2014
  39. ^ "Michael Dell" Texas Association of School Boards March 15, 2008 Retrieved on October 7, 2009
  40. ^ "V" Utopia Artists
  41. ^ "Biography: Personal Information for Stephen P Munisteri" PDF betweenthesynapsecom Retrieved September 27, 2010 
  42. ^ "Dominique Sachse" Channel 2 News Retrieved on October 7, 2009
  43. ^ "Grace White" KHOU 11 News Retrieved on December 21, 2016
  44. ^ The 2006 Pulitzer Prize Winners - Feature Writing
  45. ^ The 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winners - National Reporting

External linksedit

  • Houston portal
  • Schools portal
  • 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
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

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