High School Education

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    April 17, 2013

    Diplomas for Everyone! Sen. Patrick Wants New School Curriculum Even if The Classes Don't Exist...Yet

    Sen. Dan Patrick continues to emphatically insist his new plan for accountability and high school diplomas will produce rigor; it will just be a different kind of rigor. Patrick, who chairs the Senate Education Committee, has been slammed in the national media for stepping away from the 4x4 curricu ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    HISD Has More Grads, Fewer Dropouts

    HISD​In a hurry-up afternoon press conference, Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier was able to say today that more of the district's students are graduating on time, fewer are dropping out -- and the improvements include every racial and ethnic student group. Grier was referring to data co ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    Terry Grier's AP Tests Could Also Stand for Auto Power

    Photo by Margaret DowningTerry Grier has a chart for success​In Greensboro, North Carolina, Terry Grier was known as that (crazy) guy who gave a car away every year.Grier, now slightly more than one year into his superintendency in Houston, used that dramatic, crowd-pleasing technique to up the nu ... More >>

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    February 1, 2010

    Student Culinary Competition: "When Flipping Burgers Just Isn't Enough"

    Dallas was recently the host for the student culinary competition in that region.​Students armed with knives are set to meet at Westside High School on February 20. Local school districts know all about it and are doing absolutely nothing to stop it. At issue: Knife skills: who can chop, ... More >>

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    December 11, 2009

    HISD Gets Six High Schools On A National Magazine's "Best" List

    ​US News & World Report has put out its list of best high schools in the nation, and HISD is (deservedly) crowing that six of its schools have been named.(Should we mention that it took three tries for the HISD news office to get it right? No, that would be a cheap shot.) (Oops.)And the USNWRe ... More >>

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    December 10, 2009

    All Is Not Sweetness And Light At Reagan High School -- UPDATED

    ​Further discussions of what organizers are calling "systemic illegal referrals of students to CEP/alternative disciplinary education on the basis of forged government documents" at Reagan High School will be just one of hot-button agenda items tonight at a suddenly called meeting of "over 100 ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009
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    April 6, 2009

    Best Buddies Get Together At St. Thomas

    Although Robert doesn't speak except for the occasional drawn-out yes or no, he draws back his head covered in wispy white hair, his eyes light up and his mouth opens up in a gap-toothed grin expressing excitement. He lives in the Center, an assisted-living facility for people with intellectual disa ... More >>

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    December 17, 2008

    Countdown To Championship Saturday: Hightower

    The Hightower High School football program fielded its first varsity team in 2000, but in just nine seasons, the school has graduated some great players -- two have played in the NFL -- and made the playoffs seven times.     This year, however, is the first time the team has adva ... More >>

  • News

    December 4, 2008

    Backlash Upon Backlash at HISD

    The uproar you hear is screaming parents

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    November 6, 2008

    High School Photo Contest: Faces

    Our high school photo contest has now entered its sophomore year, and we've got some photos to share. Last month's theme was Faces, and as you can see, we got a lot of mugs. Our next theme is Recovery, whether from Ike, from an accident, from an addiction, from a fumble, from a political situatio ... More >>

  • News

    October 23, 2008

    No Pressure. It's Just Texas High School Football.

    Katy High School was going to play against a Florida team on national TV. Now all it had to do was find a way to win again.

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    June 4, 2008

    Adios, Adrian’s Burger Bar

    I stopped by Adrian’s Burger Bar in the 5th Ward this weekend with the intention of eating one of Adrian Cooper’s amazing one-pound burgers. I was saddened to see that Adrian’s has closed its doors. The old burger joint down the street from Wheatley High School was a neighborhood institution. ... More >>

  • News

    May 15, 2008

    College Immaterial for High School Students in Vocational Training

    Good paying jobs, no huge loan burdens, exciting course work — the new vo-tech attracts more and more hi-tech students

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    May 14, 2008

    Cover Story: College Immaterial

    This week’s cover story on vocational programs in today’s high schools reminds me of the old Woody Allen zinger: “Everything our parents said was good is bad. Sun, milk, red meat, college.” The idea for it came from an energetic young teacher in Houston Independent School District frustrate ... More >>

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    April 18, 2008

    MTV in Houston? YES

    MTV will be visiting Houston’s southwest side this afternoon to film students of the universally acclaimed YES College Preparatory Schools, who will be hosting a fundraiser to battle malaria. The “Stayin’ Alive” dance, sponsored by Malaria No More, will feature local DJ Michael 5000 Watts. ... More >>

  • News

    April 10, 2008

    So Much for No Child Left Behind

    School test scores rise as more low-scoring students drop out.

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    November 9, 2007

    Racists, Pranksters and Copy Cats in High School

    Earlier this week two Pearland High School students were arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and sent to alternative school for a month after being caught early Tuesday hanging a noose in the high school parking lot. On the very day that news was announced -- Wednesday -- in the next school ... More >>

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    June 14, 2007

    Tunnel Vision

    Mariah McWhorter The winners have been announced for the May installment of our yearlong photo contest for high school students. Congrats to Mariah McWhorter, Whitney Pavlas, Catarina Williams and Cynthia Maldonado. Click here for words and there for pictures. – Keith Plocek

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    June 14, 2007

    Not Just for Text Messages

    Local high school students put their camera-phones to work

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    June 5, 2007

    And They're Off...

    They came. They saw. They took photos with their phones. You can see the contenders in our May contest for high school students here. Be sure to come back and vote for your favorite in the comments section of this post. The winners get bookstore gift certificates. The theme for June is water. ... More >>

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    May 30, 2007

    Pick Up the Phone

    Last chance for high school students to submit camera-phone photos for our monthly contest. The photos can be of whatever you want, so long as they're captured between checking voicemails and typing out text messages. Send all submissions to The deadline in midnight t ... More >>

  • News

    May 17, 2007

    That's Game

    Announcing the winners from last month's photo contest for high school students

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    May 9, 2007
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    April 27, 2007

    At the Buzzer...

    The deadline for this month’s photo contest for high school students is Monday, April 30. The theme is sports, so let’s see those photos of players, coaches, mascots and overzealous little league parents. Click here for more information. -- Keith Plocek

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    April 20, 2007

    Out With the Old and In With the New

    Stephanie Schmitt The winners have been announced for last month’s photo contest for high school students. Congrats to Stephanie Schmitt, Willie Xu, Meghan White, Whitney Pavlas and Mariah McWhorter. You can see the winning photos here and in the paper version of the Houston Press. The deadli ... More >>

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    April 11, 2007

    Push It

    The Houston Press is now accepting sports photos for the second round of our photography contest for high school students. Please send all submissions to For complete details and required image specifications, click here. Got a question? Perhaps we answered it her ... More >>

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    April 4, 2007
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    March 19, 2007
  • Film

    December 21, 2006

    2006 Year In Review: It's Soooo High School

    And that's a compliment to Rian Johnson's teen detective noir

  • News

    November 9, 2006

    Making the Call

    Broadcasting high school games, ESPN-style

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    October 5, 2006

    Opt In, Opt Out

    HISD continues to send students to CEP. Whether they go there, stay there or return successfully to their home school is anyone's guess.

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    June 29, 2006

    Cut Short

    A model student-athlete unthinkingly brings a knife to school and ends up in jail, then expelled. Why one-size-fits-all discipline fails kids.

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    June 15, 2006

    Prom 2K6

    What do seniors really do on prom night? The Houston Press investigates

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    April 13, 2006

    Image of the Week

    Kathryn Svoboda

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    March 23, 2006
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    March 16, 2006
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    March 2, 2006
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    March 2, 2006

    These Kids Go to the Best Public High School in Houston

    This week: Our first- through fifth-place finishers

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    March 2, 2006

    The Also-Rans

    The schools who could have been contenders

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    February 23, 2006
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    February 23, 2006

    Houston's Best Public High Schools

    Counting down: Our sixth- through tenth-place finishers

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    July 1, 2004

    Guest Column: HISD's Ethnic Gap

    Stats show how district policies help whites with educational opportunities

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    November 28, 2002

    Wake-Up Call

    The TAKS field test results were so gawd-awful they may become a catalyst for good

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    October 18, 2001

    But Who's Counting?

    Thousands of students disappear from our schools yearly, but the TEA insists they're not dropouts

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    June 21, 2001


    Scaling Green Mountain, Where Credit's Due, Horse-Whipped

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    June 7, 2001

    Credit Check

    Kids rack up university credits right there in high school. And their districts and colleges ring up ample revenues in the process. But are the students really learning?

  • News

    January 14, 1999

    IB or Not IB

    Parents and students fight to save Lamar High School's International Baccalaureate program. Administrators don't see a problem.

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    April 17, 1997

    What's Wrong With Wheatley?

    It has history, it has heritage. But does Wheatley High School have a real future?

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    February 15, 1996

    Zoot Me Up!

    Joe Coleman, tailor to Houston's zoot suit culture, knows one thing for certain: Sometimes, clothes do make the man.

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