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Katy Independent School District

100 Year Anniversary

​1960s


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By 1960, enrollment in Katy was up slightly. The total student population was 727, which included the African American students at the Kilpatrick school. Students from Brookshire began attending Katy High School.

Tomboy and the Champ had been filmed in Katy and used many residents as movie extras. Universal Studios bused Katy citizens and all the students to the Houston premier at the downtown Lowe's Theatre.

In 1961, state law prohibited elementary schools to reside in a district without a high school. The Addicks School District was split between Katy ISD, Spring Branch ISD and Houston ISD. The portion of Addicks School District that was incorporated in to Katy ISD added 55 square miles and Addicks Elementary. Katy ISD official covered 181 square miles which is the same size it is to this day. Children on Highway 6 began attending Katy High School.

With the discovery of Oil & Gas, the Katy community became one of the richest school districts in the state. Property within the 860-student school district has a total tax valuation of more than $35 million.
Katy ISD hosted its first foreign exchange students, Carole Ann Reeves from New Zealand.

During the 1961 school year, Katy ISD hosted its first foreign exchange students, Carole Ann Reeves from New Zealand.

In 1962, Katy ISD’s schools and the gymnasium were used as headquarters for local civil defense organizations during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The Agricultural barn, which was originally built by parents and students, burned down after the show and sale. Most animals were saved, but Joel Findley's championship lamb was killed. After it burned, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees agreed to rebuild the barn.

This was also the year for the very first Junior High Volleyball program established by Mrs. Beck.

In 1964, the new agricultural and rodeo arena were constructed to the south, behind Katy High School.
Brookshire decided to no longer accept African American students from the Katy area so Katy High School opens its doors to the five students that did not want to travel to Cypress Fairbanks.

The present day Katy Elementary School, located on Avenue C and Sixth Street, opens under principal Robert E. King in 1965. The old elementary school became Katy Junior High and housed grades six to eight. The enrollment figures for 1965 totaled 1,092.

1966 was a big year as Interstate 10 was completed and crossed the entirety of Katy. The completion of this main thoroughfare immediately caused growth. It was also the inaugural year for the Katy High School girls’ basketball team. Basketball was a second semester activity and was only a half-court game.

In 1967, a new choir room and band hall were added to Katy High School.

A new Addicks Elementary building replaced the former Addicks ISD building in 1968. And Katy High School received several classroom additions while the junior high also added classrooms during a renovation. (Marks)

Bond History

​Election Year​$ req (millions)
​1963​$890,000
​1968 - February​$2,500,000

Katy ISD Enrollment History

​School Year​Student Enrollment
​1960-1961     ​790
​1961-1962     ​947
​1962-1963     ​987
​1963-1964​1,096
​1964-1965​1,249
​1965-1966​1,192
​1966-1967​1,208
​1967-1968
​1968-1969
​1969-1970​1,616


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