The Woodlands High School

The Woodlands High School
The Woodlands High School
6101 Research Forest Drive
The Woodlands, Texas, 77381
United States
School type Public high school
Motto A Tradition of Excellence
Established 1996
School district Conroe Independent School District
Principal Gregg Colschen
Assistant principals Bonnie Hilburn, Chris Povich
Grades 10-12
Enrollment 2,750  (2009)
Campus Suburban
Color(s)                Green, Red & White
Athletics conference UIL Class AAAAA
Mascot Highlanders

The Woodlands High School is a public high school in The Woodlands CDP, unincorporated Montgomery County, Texas, United States and is a part of the Conroe Independent School District. The Montgomery County portion of The Woodlands and portion of the city of Shenandoah are served by The Woodlands High School.



TWHS takes pupils in grades 9 to 12, divided between the two campuses:

  • The Woodlands High School: grades 10–12
  • The Woodlands High School Ninth Grade Campus (formerly Branch Crossing Junior High School): grade 9 [1]

From 1976 until the opening of The Woodlands High School in 1996, McCullough High School served The Woodlands community. McCullough High School, named after J.L. McCullough, also housed seventh and eighth graders until Knox Junior High opened in 1978. When The Woodlands High School opened on August 12, 1996, McCullough became a junior high school until 2000. From 2000 to 2005, McCullough was known as The Woodlands High School: McCullough Campus, housing freshmen and sophomores. Since 2005, when The Woodlands College Park High School opened, McCullough has served the community as a junior high school.


As of 2009, TWHS had 2,750 students.[2]

  • (81.3%) were Caucasian
  • (11.5%) were Hispanic
  • (4.9%) were Other
  • (2.3%) were African-American


The Woodlands High School has received numerous exemplary ratings from the Texas Education Agency and in 1998 was named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.[3] The Woodlands High School was ranked 577 in Newsweek’s 2005 list of the Best High Schools in the United States [4] The school ranked again in 2006 and 2008. The Woodlands High School has been awarded the University Interscholastic League Class 5A Lone Star Cup on five occasions (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011). This award is intended to honor the best overall academic and athletic programs in the state of Texas, as determined by success at UIL-sanctioned activities.

The Woodlands High School has a relatively extensive College Board Advanced Placement program that includes the following courses: Art History, Biology, Calculus AB and BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, Computer Science A, English Language and Literature, Environmental Science, European History, French Language, German Language, Human Geography, Japanese Language and Culture, Macroeconomics, Music Theory, Physics C, Psychology, Spanish Language, Statistics, Studio Art, U.S. History, U.S. Government & Politics, and World History.[5]


The Woodlands Highlanders compete in Cross Country, Volleyball, Football, Basketball, Powerlifting, Soccer, Golf, Tennis, Track, Softball, and Baseball.

In 2006 The Woodlands baseball team finished the season with a 38-1 record and won the Texas UIL 5A State Championship. They were also named National Champions by Baseball America. The 2006 team included future Major League Players Kyle Drabek (Toronto Blue Jays) and Paul Goldschmidt (Arizona Diamondbacks)

In 2011 The Woodlands Fastpitch team finished the season with a 44-1 record and won the Texas UIL 5A State Championship. They were also named National Champions by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association/USA Today and ESPN/Rise. The coaching staff, led by Head Coach Richard Jorgensen, was named NFCA National Coaching Staff of the year.

Athletic teams at The Woodlands High School have earned the following state and national titles:

State Titles

  • Baseball - [6]
    • 2000(5A), 2006(5A)
  • Boys Cross Country - [7]
    • 1999(5A), 2000(5A), 2003(5A), 2004(5A), 2006(5A), 2007(5A), 2008(5A), 2009(5A), 2010(5A)
  • Boys Golf - [8]
    • 2002(5A), 2005(5A)
  • Girls Golf - [9]
    • 2001(5A), 2002(5A), 2003(5A)
  • Girls Soccer - [10]
    • 2010(5A)
  • Boys Swimming - [11]
    • 2004 (5A), 2010(5A)
  • Girls Swimming - [12]
    • 2006(5A), 2009(5A)
  • Girls Fastpitch Softball - [13]
    • 2011 (5A)

National Titles

  • Baseball
    • 2006
  • Girls Fastpitch Softball
    • 2011

Extracurricular activities

The school offers more than 80 different clubs and organizations. Students have the opportunity to participate in band, choir, speech, debate, drama, drill team, orchestra, cheerleading, and UIL academic activities.[3]

The Woodlands High School Band was honored by the John Philip Sousa Foundation with the Sudler Flag of Honor in 2003 to recognize its high standards of excellence in its concert activities over several years. The band was honored again by the John Philip Sousa Foundation in 2009 with the Sudler Shield to recognize its excellence in marching band activities.[14] This makes The Woodlands High School one of only 12 high schools internationally to have received both the Sudler Flag and the Sudler Shield. In 2003, the band was invited to perform at the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois (aka The Midwest Clinic). In 2006, the band won the Bands of America class AAA National title. The band has been both a UIL state finalist and a Bands of America national finalist on multiple occasions, and has advanced to the state level of the TMEA Texas State Honor Band Competition.

In 2004, the school's newspaper, The Caledonian, was awarded the Silver Star for Excellence in Journalism by the University Interscholastic League. Various journalism awards have been given to the paper's staff including former editors Carolyn Kayes, Alison Conklin, and Trenton Horne. The Caledonian experienced a period of peak success under the leadership of Barbara Frazier, under whose administration the staff received numerous awards and accolades from the Interscholastic League Press Conference, a division of the University Interscholastic League. Frazier's successor, Laura Landsbaum, took over sponsorship of the staff during the 2004-2005 school year. Under Landsbaum's tutelage, the highest award garnered by The Caledonian was the Lone Star Award. Various students under Landsbaum received UIL honors including district placement by section editors Denny Staples and Michelle Johnston, a regional placement by section editor Katy McDowall, and state placements by Managing Editor Jenna Greengold in 2007 and section editor Kirsten Romaguera in 2009.

The Woodlands High School Winter Guard program has achieved success in both the Texas Color Guard Circuit and the Winter Guard International circuit. Winter guards from The Woodlands High School have won numerous regional and state championships, and in 2004 The Woodlands High School Winter Guard took home the WGI Scholastic Open Class World Championship title. This was the first time a Texas group took home a title.[15]

The Woodlands High School Theatre Department has succeeded in advancing to the state level of the UIL One-Act Play contest seven times and won the state title in 2000.[16] The theatre department has also been invited to perform on the main stage of the International Thespian Festival four times. Two students, Vic Shuttee and Megan Kane, have won the coveted National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts YoungArts Grant. [17]

The Woodlands High School choirs perform at UIL and private competitions and festivals, garnering "Sweepstakes" awards as well as "Best of Class" and "Grand Champion" awards from as far away as New York City, and as close to home as San Antonio and Houston. Large numbers of TWHS choir students have sung in all-region choirs, and many have gone on to sing in the Texas All-State choir [4].

Feeder patterns

Elementary schools that feed into The Woodlands High School include:[18]

  • Buckalew
  • Bush
  • Galatas
  • Glen Loch
  • Powell (excluding Harper's Landing).
  • Coulson Tough
  • Deretchin

Combined elementary and intermediate schools include Deretchin and Coulson Tough.

Intermediate schools include Mitchell, and Wilkerson (Glen Loch ES zoning only).

McCullough Junior High School is the sole feeder junior high school into The Woodlands High School.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "TWHS 9th Grade Center". 2010-09-10. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  2. ^ "TWHS Profile" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  3. ^ a b "Campus Programs". The Woodlands High School. Retrieved 9 September 2009. 
  4. ^ Kantrowitz, Barbara (2005-05-16). "The 100 Best High Schools in America - Newsweek - Newsweek Education - Newsweek America's Best High Schools -". MSNBC. Retrieved 2010-09-22. [dead link]
  5. ^ "CISD" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  6. ^ "UIL Centennial Webpage". Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  7. ^ "UIL Centennial Webpage". Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  8. ^ "UIL Centennial Webpage". Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  9. ^ "UIL Centennial Webpage". Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  10. ^ "UIL Centennial Webpage". Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  11. ^ "UIL Centennial Webpage". Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  12. ^ "UIL Centennial Webpage". Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  13. ^ "TWHS Fastpitch". TWHS Fastpitch. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  14. ^ "Sousa Foundation Sudler Shield". 2007-08-05. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  15. ^ "For Immediate Release". Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  16. ^ [1][dead link]
  17. ^ [2][dead link]
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  19. ^ [3][dead link]
  20. ^ Crasnick, Jerry. "Drabek stands out among Futures stars." ESPN. July 12, 2009. Retrieved on August 4, 2009.

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