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Houston High School
9755 Wolf River Blvd. 
Germantown , TN 38139-5508 
School Code: 430-758


Houston High School, established in 1989, is located in the Shelby County suburban community of Germantown. The 45- acre campus adjoins a 25-acre city park and houses approximately 1890 students in grades 9-12.


Houston is a comprehensive high school, fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and holds membership in the following: NASSP, NACAC, SACAC, The College Board, and TSSAA. The student body represents diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic groups. The administration and staff consist of 90 certified personnel, and over 80 percent have advanced degrees (masters or higher).


The school year is 180 days divided into two semesters. The school day consists of seven 50-minute classes.


Comprehensive programs are offered in fine arts, business education, English, foreign language, home economics, mathematics, music, wellness, science, social studies, special education, marketing, allied health science, and horticulture. Dual Enrollment classes are offered in English 12, Biology II and Calculus III.

Honors courses include English I, II, III, IV, Etymology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, World History, World Geography, Latin I, II, III, French I, II, III, German I, II, III, Spanish I, II, III, IV, Geometry, Algebra I, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus and Fine Arts

Advanced Placement courses are offered in English Language, English Literature, U.S. History, World History, European History, French Language, German Language, Spanish Language, Latin, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Physics B and Physics C, Biology, Chemistry, Studio Art, Music Theory, Human Geography, U.S. Government, Comparative Government, Economics, Statistics, and Computer Science.

Graduation Requirements

MATH: 4 Credits 
Including Algebra I, II, Geometry and a fourth higher level math course
SCIENCE: 3 Credits
Including Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and a third lab course
ENGLISH: 4 Credits
1.5 Credits
FINE ARTS: 1 Credit
May be waived for students not going to a University to expand and enhance the elective focus

Math and Science, Career and Technical Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB)



Standard courses :
B= 85-92
C= 75-84
D= 70-74
F-below 70

Honors Courses : 3 points are added to all scores of 70 or above.

Advanced Placement : 5 points are added to all scores of 70 or above.


Students grade point averages are calculated on a 4.0 scale and are weighed if honors and Advanced Placement courses have been taken. Notation appears if the course title on the student transcript. The GPA includes all grades earned from schools.

Class Rank

Class rank includes all members of the class and is determined by cumulative weighted grade point average including those grades earned at other schools.


Test Results

The average ACT score for students of 2013 who took the core college preparatory curriculum was 25.1. The average for the entire class of 2012 was 24.3. SAT mean scores were Verbal 611, Math 618 and Writing 624. Advanced placement examinations for 454 test-takers taking 878 exams were scored as follows: 14%=5, 21%=4, and 28%=3. In the fall of 2013, National Merit Semifinalists=6, National Achievement Semifinalists= 4, and Commended Scholars= 11.

Honors and Awards

Newsweek Magazine listed Houston High School as one of the "Best High Schools in America" in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Washington Post High School Challenge (formerly Newsweek’s Best American
High Schools) listed Houston High School as one of the best high schools in the nation in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

For two consecutive years, 1995 and 1996, Houston High's Knowledge Bowl team won the championship which awarded $7,500 in scholarships to each team member.

Also in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 Houston won The Commercial Appeal's Best of the Preps award, a prestigious award for accumulating the best overall athletic record in all areas.

Student Activities

Houston High School offers a variety of co curricular and extracurricular opportunities to enhance the development of individual talents and interests.

The Houston High School Honors Academy comprises about 300 students who are committed to high academic achievement, community service, and personal development. Honors Academy members must take 12 Honors/ AP courses in their academic career, perform 12 hours of community service each year, and complete a senior project which requires generative thinking combining an academic interest with community service.

Student Government , which sponsors Homecoming and Winter fest activities, provides an opportunity to be involved in representative government.

Houston has a nationally recognized vocal music program offers menís, womenís, and mixed chorus groups as well as concert and show choirs. Houston has a 220-member marching band , jazz band, and several instrumental ensembles.

In theater arts , two major productions take place each year, and televised announcements are produced each school morning.

In addition to our strong academic programs, Houston is proud of the accomplishments of its many athletic teams. Houston has been proud to win 2 state championships in boy's soccer, and the girlís team won the championship in the fall of 2010. Our baseball team was state champions in 1996 and 2005. Boys Cross Country were state champions in 2003 and 2004. Our Girls Cross Country were state champions in 2000, 2001 and 2002. The Boys Track team were state champions -team relay- in 1996 and 2005.

Four of the six cheer and pom squads participate in local and national competitions and are consistently ranked among the top squads in the United States. The large number of athletic teams affords many opportunities for participation by the students.


Approximately 88% of Houston’s students attend a four-year university; 8% attend a two-year college or technical school, and 4% join the military, work force or other. During the past five years, Houston graduates have attended the following schools:

Agnes Scott College
Alabama (University of)
American University
Appalachian State University
Arkansas (University of)
Auburn University
Baylor (University of)
Belmont University
Birmingham Southern University
Boston College
Brigham Young University
Butler University
California Institute of Technology
Clemson University
College of William and Mary
Colorado (University of)
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Duke University
Eckerd College
Edinburgh, Scotland (University of)
Elon University
Emory University
Evansville (University of)
Florida State University
Florida (University of)
Furman University
George Washington University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia (University of)
Grinnell College

Harvard College
Hendrix College
Illinois (University of)
Indiana University
Iowa State University
Johns Hopkins University
Louisiana State University
Maryland (University of)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Memphis (University of)
Miami University (Ohio)
Miami (University of)
Michigan (University of)
Middlebury College
Middle Tennessee State University
Millsaps College
Minnesota (University of)
Mississippi (University of)
Mississippi State University
Missouri (University of)
Mount Holyoke College
New York University
North Carolina (University of)
Northwestern University
Notre Dame
Ohio Wesleyan College
Olin College of Engineering
Oregon (University of)
Parsons School of Design
Pennsylvania (University of)
Pepperdine University
Pomona College
Princeton University

Purdue University
Reed College
Rice University
Rhode Island School of Design
Rhodes College
Rutgers University
St. Louis University
Samford University
Savannah College of Art
South Carolina (University of)
Southern California (University of)
Southern Illinois University
Southern Methodist University
Syracuse (University of)
Tennessee (University of)
Texas (University of)
Texas Christian University
Tulane University
United States Air Force Academy
United States Military Academy
United States Naval Academy
University of Chicago
University of the South, Sewanee
Valparaiso University
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Virginia (University of)
Wake Forest University
Washington University
Washington and Lee University
Xavier University