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Rick Douglass

Houston High School9

Germantown, TN | Shelby County


March 8, 2015

Our third child now attends Houston High! Our first two graduated from here. We love this school!

Submitted by a parent

March 6, 2015

We moved to Houston High School this year from another Shelby County School. My child's experience has been nothing but Amazing! The rigor of the classes, academic drive of students and enthusiasm of the staff have made this, possibly hard move, awesome! We would highly recommend Houston High School to any family looking for a top notch public education. We would put it up against any private school education!

Submitted by a parent

September 3, 2014

Drugs, weapons and thugs. Enough said. Parents need to take seriously the things that happen. Don't stick your head in the sand.

Submitted by a parent

August 13, 2014

Houston High school has been an all around amazing experience for me, the faculty and staff is very organized and orderly. The classes are very advanced and in the end pay off. As long as you abide by the rules and if you're respectful towards staff you will have an excellent experience. Named one of the number one high schools in America by Newsweek. That's an amazing achievement in my opinion. But if you chose Houston be prepared for lots of studying. Once again every class is taken seriously and you'll only succeed if you try. Good luck! :)

Submitted by a student

August 8, 2014

Academically, the most objective guage would be the students average ACT score for seniors. Houstons are VERY high. Probably the highest of Shelby county schools. Possibly better than many private schools. My son graduated two years ago and was ranked 125 of around 430 students. And he had a weighted GPA of 3.7. He had a 30 on his ACT. I have a Journalism major from an SEC school and he was a better writer in High School than after I graduated from college. He had a 34 in English on his ACT. He hated his 9th grade English teacher. She was brutally tough teaching classes as hard or harder than most community colleges. Guess what. He is an English major in college and it is all easy for him now. My kids feel safe there. The teachers, as always, vary in quality. Every semester they are going to have one mediocre teacher and every year or two they will have a bad one. Just like every other school in the world. But, on the whole the teachers range from good to fantastic. We were very happy. The administration is accomodating. If you child is emotionally and academically prepared there is a good chance you experience will be very good and you will be pleased.

Submitted by a parent

August 12, 2012

Houston has an excellent honors and AP classes. Teachers seem to care and theeducation is excellent.

Submitted by a parent

October 12, 2011

Houston appears to be an extremely good school overall; it has been fabulous for my boys (currently a junior and a freshman) so far. It is large enough (1600+) that I can't speak to everything, but I know that parental expectations and support are both high, leadership is outstanding, and counselors and teachers willingly work with parents and students to achieve great outcomes. With regard to some earlier comments: the band does take a lot of after-school time during marching competition season (Sep-Oct), but not as much as a sport would; and while a student or parent might be unhappy with some perceived weakness in the Spanish courses that does not mean the school is weak in foreign languages - judging by a neighbor's result, there is a strong program in French, and the German teacher, a native speaker, is incredibly dynamic and effective (there is also Latin, but I don't know anything about it at Houston.) Sadly, the great Geometry teacher mentioned last year (and she was great) has retired, but my junior has been very well-served in every Math class through Calculus. There are some outstanding private schools in Memphis, but my sons are getting a better education at HHS.

Submitted by a parent

January 29, 2011

Houston High Schools is a good school, better than any other school in Shelby County.

Submitted by a parent

January 26, 2010

This school has great English and Geometry Teacher, but really weak in foreign language (spanish) and AP Math/physics teachers. So watch out Kids who are going to be a Freshman or a Junior. Great Band program but lot of after school time is focused on this. Good luck current students and new students.

Submitted by a parent

September 16, 2009

Two daughters loved this school. I'm proud of Mr. Aitken, the former Principal, and his guidance and support. He's greatly admired for his excellent guidance of the entire student body.

Submitted by a parent

May 28, 2008

Outstanding teachers make Houston a great place for my children. After 3 years I only have great things to say about HHS. We will miss our principal but look forward to new new ideas

Submitted by a parent

January 10, 2008

I am a very happy student with my experience at Houston. I know my parents are too. They have found me to be challenged by the classes and have many great friends. The teachers are incredible, and the principal is amazing! He knows almost every student by name! My sister who graduated almost 10 years ago is still remembered by him. And to the student who believes the administration to punish you for no reason is obviously in denial. I have been treated very fairly with the punishments I have received there and I admit to the fact that I have deserved those punishments. I will be very sad to leave.

Submitted by a student

September 5, 2007

No matter what anyone says, Houston High School is by far one of the best high schools around. The people are great, the majority of the teachers are wonderful, and the experience is one I wouldn't hesitate to relive again. Of course, like any other high school, Houston has its fair share of problem students and teachers, but all around, Houston is a wonderful school. Someone below stated how sending their child to Houston was the biggest mistake, however, chances are it could have been the student himself not taking the opportunities Houston offers.

Submitted by a student

August 21, 2007

I have found the principal to be very involved and instrumental in making the school a safe environment. The teachers over all are good and care. The honors classes do challenge the students. Some of the standard classes do also. It depends on the student. School is what you make of it. I am pleased overall. The extracurricular offerings are varied and offer something for most everyone.

Submitted by a parent

August 20, 2007

My child went there and graduated in 2007. It was the absolute worst educational experience in history. I do not think that she could have gone to a worse high school. I suggest that parents find an alternative for their child's academic experience.

Submitted by a parent

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