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Katy Independent School District

100 Year Anniversary

​1990s




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The Arthur Miller Vocation School was dedicated in 1990. The school would later be named (Arthur) Miller Career & Technology Center. The Katy ISD Police Department wrote districtwide curriculum for the Safe & Drug Free school initiative.

McDonald Junior high opens its doors in 1991. This same year, Partners in Education records record numbers showing nearly 3,000 people volunteered in the District's 22 schools during the school year. Fielder Elementary opened to its first class in 1993 and the Katy ISD Minority Parents Association (KMPA) was organized.

Katy ISD passed a bond election in 1994 for $90,000,000 for six new school buildings and renovations and expansions at several others. Pattison Elementary school becomes the first school in the District to receive National Exemplary School Status for the 1993-1994 school year. Fifteen schools earned Texas Successful Schools awards: Bear Creek, Cimarron, Fielder, Memorial Parkway, Nottingham Country, Pattison, Sundown, West Memorial, Winborn and Wolfe elementary schools; McDonald, Memorial Parkway and West Memorial junior highs; and, Katy and Taylor high schools.

In 1995, Leonard Merrell was appointed the superintendent of schools. The new Katy Junior High opens and the former building was converted to the Katy High School West Campus to accommodate the largest entering freshman class in Katy High School history. And, a "new addition" of classrooms was completed on Avenue C at Katy Elementary. Sara Eggleston was name the 1995 National Distinguished Principal. Memorial Parkway Elementary was closed for the year as it underwent major renovations. the student body was transferred to a new elementary school that was completed the summer prior. The new school was temporarily called Memorial Parkway South and housed the elementary as well as part of the Memorial Parkway Junior High 6th grade. Katy Elementary was the only elementary school in the nation to win the Strong Families, Strong Schools Award from the Department of Education.

A committee was organized to develop a logo that represented all of Katy ISD because of the enormous growth in the District. And the rice dryers gave way to the A+ logo that everyone recognizes to this day.

In 1996, Beck Junior High opened and the District passed a bond election for $130,000,000 to build more schools. The KEYS (Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success) program was piloted and launched in the fall of 1996. Memorial Parkway Elementary students moved back in to their newly renovated campus and the temporary campus was renamed Jeanette Hayes Elementary.

The Katy Tigers football team earned the #7 National ranking by taking the Class 5A State football championship against Longview. They played in the Astrodome. McRoberts Elementary opens its doors and the Promise to Read programs starts.

In 1997, the Texas Education Agency gave Katy ISD a "recognized" rating, a distinction few districts received.

Katy High School receives the National Blue Ribbon School in 1998 and they get an $18 million renovation that includes a new natatorium and field house. Alexander elementary school opens. Dr. Merrell was named Texas Superintendent of the Year. The Academic Decathlon team at Taylor High School took home the State Championship and came in second place in the nation.

Also in 1998, the District opened five parent center to provide English classes to parents of immigrant student through Title III funding.

Cinco Ranch High School opened in 1999 and for one year temporarily housed the 8th graders from Beck Junior High due to overcrowding. A bond election passed for $324,360,000.

Bond History

Election Year​$ req millions
​1994​$90,000,000
​1996​$130,000,000
​1999​$324,360,000


Enrollment History

School Year​Student Enrollment
​1990-1991​19,426
​1991-1992​20,414
​1992-1993​21,494
​1993-1994​22,537
​1994-1995​23,950
​1995-1996​25,366
​1996-1997​26,766
​1997-1998​28,230
​1998-1999​30,126
​1999-2000​32,338


New Schools & Facilities

School/Facility Name​Year
​McDonald Junior High​1991
​Fielder Elementary​1993
​Hayes Elementary 1995​
​Katy Junior High (new building)​1995
​Beck Junior High1996​
McRoberts Elementary​​1997
​Alexander Elementary​1998
​Cinco Ranch High School​1999



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