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Katy Independent School District

100 Year Anniversary


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In 2000, McMeans Junior High, Creech Elementary and Williams Elementary schools opened. The Kat ISD FFA program became the largest in the nation and the Junior Achievement program begins.

A sign dedicated to the Welch Outdoor Learning Center was erected in 2001. Cinco Ranch Junior High and Schmalz Elementary School opened and Katy ISD went to full day Kindergarten.

In 2002, students from West Memorial Elementary were temporarily relocated to Cinco Ranch High school due to mold issues at the campus. A bond election passed. Performing Arts Centers and renovations were completed at Katy, Taylor, Mayde Creek and Cinco Ranch High Schools. A third addition at Katy High School increased its capacity to over 3,000.

Golbow Elementary school begins the first Angler Education program in the District.

The fall of 2003, Morton Ranch Junior High and Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary opened. The first Angler summer high school physical education course was offered and the first Future Fisherman Foundation Grant is received. Partners in Education launched the Food for Families program and started the Leadership Katy program.

Morton Ranch High School, Beckendorff Junior High, Exley Elementary, Franz Elementary, Rhoads Elementary and Rylander Elementary schools all opened in 2004. A new Katy Rodeo Arena replaced the old facilities south of the administration building and new agriculture barns were completed north of Katy. Both sites were named for former teachers at Katy, L.D. Robinson and Gerald D. Young. A Law Enforcement Center and District Maintenance buildings opened adjacent to Morton Ranch High School.

During the school year Katy ISD began a new and revolutionary program in the history of the district, with the use of random drug testing for all individuals involved in UIL competitive organizations, student leaders of any official school clubs, and anyone wishing to park on campus.

In 2005, the District's first Newcomer Center was opened to help students new to the country to be academically successful in the classroom.

After the devastation by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, Katy ISD worked closely with community agencies and churches to provide for the educational needs of families that were displaced. School personnel visited shelters and quickly ensured that students were enrolled and appropriately placed.

The English Language Learners District Testing Center opens as well as Seven Lakes High School. An expansion of Hutsell Elementary was also completed. The Merrell Center opened and held high school graduation ceremonies. This was the first time ceremonies were held indoors since 1988. The Outdoor Learning Center joins the Angler Education program expanding the number of student participants.  

In August of 2006, Griffin Elementary opened. In November, a $269,400,000 bond election passed providing for the construction of three more elementary schools and two junior highs. Along with improvements at 24 of the District's facilities. Funds were also provided for updating technical equipment, buses, temporary buildings and future school sites.

The Angler Education program grows and Hutsell, Kilpatrick, Creech, and Griffin elementaries, Memorial Parkway Junior High and Taylor High School all star their own groups.

Alton Frailey becomes the superintendent of Katy ISD upon the retirement of Leonard Merrell in 2007. Stephens and WoodCreek elementary schools opened.

Five new schools (Cardiff Junior High, WoodCreek Junior High, Morton Ranch Elementary, Holland Elementary and Raines High School - a charter school) opened. Morton Ranch High School's 9th Grade Center opened. And additions at Sundown Elementary, Mayde Creek Elementary and Miller Career & Technology Center were all completed.

The Raptor check in system was introduced to improve school and facility safety.

In 2009, Stanley Elementary opened and the School Safety Task Force was formed and a representative from every campus was appointed. Partners in Education launched the Sister Schools program.  

Bond History

Election Year$ req (millions)​
​2006 (May)​$261,500,000 - defeated
​2006 (November)​$269,400,000

Katy ISD Enrollment History

School YearStudent Enrollment​

New Schools & Facilities

School/Facility Name​Year
​Williams Elementary​2000
​Creech Elementary​2000
​McMeans Junior High​2000
​Administration Annex​2000
​King Elementary​2001
​Schmalz Elementary​2001
​Cinco Ranch Junior High​2001
​East Maintenance​2001
​Agricultural Science Center​2002
​Central Maintenance​2002
​Law Enforcement Center​2002
​South Maintenance​2002
​Kilpatrick Elementary​2003
​Morton Ranch Junior High​2003
​West Maintenance​2003
​West End Daycare Center​2003
​Rylander Elementary​2004
​Exley Elementary​2004
​Rhoads Elementary​2004
​Franz Elementary​2004
​Beckendorff Junior High​2004
​Morton Ranch High School​2004
​Robinson Rodeo Pavilion​2004
​Seven Lakes High School​2005
​Leonard Merrill Center​2005
​Griffin Elementary​2006
​Stephens Elementary​2007
​WoodCreek Elementary​2007
​Morton Ranch Elementary​2008
​Holland Elementary​2008
​Cardiff Junior High​2008
​WoodCreek Junior High​2008
​Raines High School​2008
​East End Daycare​2008
​Stanley Elementary​2009
​Franz Road Storage​2009

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