Clear Lake High School (Texas)

Clear Lake High School is a public secondary school located in Houston, Texas, United States.

Clear Lake High School
2929 Bay Area Boulevard


United States
Coordinates29°34′56″N 95°06′20″W / 29.5821°N 95.1056°W / 29.5821; -95.1056
School typePublic high school
MottoLife is Better at the Lake
School districtClear Creek Independent School District
PrincipalElizabeth Raska
Teaching staff141.26 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment2,325 (2018-19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio16.46[1]
Color(s)    Red and blue
NewspaperLake Reflections

The school, which serves grades 9 through 12, is a part of the Clear Creek Independent School District. The school serves portions of Houston (including most of Clear Lake City, Taylor Lake Village and Pasadena (including Clear Lake City). It previously served the cities of Seabrook, El Lago, and the El Jardin del Mar portion of Pasadena, until Clear Falls High School in League City opened. Its colors are red, blue, and white. Its mascot and symbol is the Falcon.

History edit

Clear Lake High School opened in 1972 to alleviate overcrowding at what was then the district's only high school, Clear Creek High School with the first class graduating in 1973. The current campus has a field house, and athletic fields, all across the street from the University of Houston–Clear Lake.

The ninth grade annex was first added to the Clear Lake High School campus in 1978. Later, the 9th grade center was used as Space Center Intermediate School but returned to a 9th grade center when SCIS moved to a newly built campus for the 1999–2000 school year. When Clear Lake was rebuilt the district began to use the ninth grade annex has a building for Robotics, the Gifted and Talented Program and more.

In 1984 psychologists enacted anti-suicide seminars at Clear Lake HS after a wave of suicides of students in CCISD, which took place outside of school campuses.[2]

For the 1986–87 school year Clear Lake High School became a National Blue Ribbon School.[3] Clear Lake High School is currently the largest school in Texas with a Texas Education Agency (TEA) ranking of Recognized.[citation needed]

The school discovered large-scale cheating in an English IV final examination in 2012.[4] The school invalidated all English IV final exam results, allowing students who did not cheat to have a final grade without the final or to take the final again. The students who cheated received scores of zero.[5]

Suicides in 1984 edit

In the 1980s, Clear Lake was perhaps most known for the 5 suicides that occurred in 1984. Three 19 year old dropouts ended up committing suicide. The first one shot himself on a highway access road on Aug 9th and a month later his friend who attended his funeral, took his own life as well and shot himself in his neighbors front yard. Two days after that a third dropout who knew the second victom through drug rehab hung himself at home. The next two deaths were unrelated but still shook the community. Next was a young 15year old who was depressed about having to move into the area from Alabama and didn't know any of the other victims and a 16year old boy around the same time who hung him self over his parents divorse. The third victim of carbon monoxide poison happened 20 min south of clear lake and attended Clear creek High school. [6][2]

Loren Coleman, author of The Copycat Effect: How the Media and Popular Culture Trigger the Mayhem in Tomorrow's Headlines, wrote that "Needless to say, the community was alarmed by the deaths and feared more."[7]

In January 1985 area police department stated that since October 1984 there had been no suicides of teenagers. "[8]

Demographics edit

The demographic breakdown of the 2,396 students enrolled in 2015-2016 was:

  • Male - 52.0%
  • Female - 48.0%
  • Native American/Alaskan - 0.3%
  • Asian/Pacific islanders - 15.4%
  • Black - 6.6%
  • Hispanic - 23.8%
  • White - 49.7%
  • Multiracial - 4.2%

19.9% of the students were eligible for free or reduced-cost lunch.[9]

Campus edit

In May 2013 voters in CCISD approved a $367 million district bond. According to the referendum, Clear Lake High will get new campus buildings, valued at $98.6 million total.[10] PBK Architects designed the new additions, a two-story classroom building and a fine arts center. Construction was scheduled to begin in April 2014.[11]

Construction was finished in January 2018 and the constructed building is still used by Clear Lake High School now as their primary building.

A soccer ball carried aboard the fatal final flight of Space Shuttle Challenger by astronaut Ellison Onizuka, whose children attended Clear Lake High School and who coached the soccer team, is displayed in the school.[12]

Extracurricular activities edit

In 2005 the school had 525 students enrolled in its music classes. That year, the school was named a Grammy Signature School. Its music department received a grant for $2,000.[13]

Notable alumni edit

References edit

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  2. ^ a b Associated Press (1984-10-14). "Houston Suburb Institutes Anti-Suicide Plan". The New York Times. Retrieved 2006-12-07.
  3. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF) Archived March 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Rhor, Monica (January 5, 2012). "Clear Lake students involved in cheating scandal". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  5. ^ Rhor, Monica (January 19, 2012). "Clear Lake students punished in cheating scandal". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  6. ^ "[1]." Associated Press at The Victoria Advocate. Friday October 12, 1984. Retrieved from Google News (16 of 29) on April 4, 2014.
  7. ^ Coleman, Loren. The Copycat Effect: How the Media and Popular Culture Trigger the Mayhem in Tomorrow's Headlines. Simon & Schuster, September 14, 2004. ISBN 1416505547, 9781416505549. p. 102.
  8. ^ Haitch, Richard (1985-01-20). "Follow-up on the News; Suicide Outbreak". The New York Times. Retrieved 2006-12-07.
  9. ^ "CLEAR LAKE H S". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
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  12. ^ Malinowski, Tonya (29 June 2018). "The inside story of the soccer ball that survived the Challenger explosion". Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Clear Lake High earns honor." Houston Chronicle. March 31, 2005. Baytown News, Schools. Retrieved on April 1, 2014.
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