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James E. Taylor High SchoolStriving for excellence, meeting the challenges of today, preparing students for tomorrow . . . Taylor High School lives up to its motto: Taylor Made for Success. Taylor has a strong academic focus that reflects the interest and involvement of parents, businesses and community leaders. The school day consists of seven 50-minute class periods. A broad-based curriculum gives students access to a wide variety of academic offerings in the core areas of English, mathematics, science, social studies, plus foreign languages, computer science, business, technology, fine arts, speech and journalism.

Clubs, organizations and athletics offer students of every interest a way to be involved in school activities.  Students compete in Academic Challenge, Academic Decathlon and Octathlon, UIL events, Destination ImagiNation, Comedy Sportz and speech and debate.  Campus publications are the Mane Event newspaper, Taylorian literary magazine, Stampede yearbook and Blue Review video magazine.  Other organizations include Student Council, National Honor Society, Junior Achievement, foreign language clubs, Business Professionals of America, Future Business Leaders of America, and clubs for students with special interests: computer programming, art, philosophy, poetry and photography.Best Music Education

  School Colors: Royal Blue and White     Mascot: Mustang

Awards and Honors

  • Named to  National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA's) list of 2011 Higher Performing Schools for Texas
  • Named to Texas Monthly’s “Best Public Schools” list, 2006
  • Named to Children at Risk's Top 10 Houston-Area High Schools, 2006, 2007
  • Named to Newsweek’s Top 1,200 High Schools national list, 2006
  • 25 National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists, 3 National Hispanic Scholars, 1 National Achievement Scholarship semi-finalist, 2006
  • Two first-place championship teams, American Computer Science League All-Star Contest, 2006
  • Culture Shapers Visual Art Contest, 2nd place finalist, 2006
  • Via Colori High School Art Contest, honorable mentions, 2006
  • National Scholastic Writing Competition - Gold Key Award, Silver Key Award, American Voices Award, 2006;
    Regional Competition - 4 Gold Keys and a Trustees Award, 2006; 2 Gold Keys & 1 Silver;
    2007 Regional Scholastic Art - 2 Gold Keys, 2007
  • First-place finishers in physics and engineering, Science and Engineering Fair of Houston, 2006
  • 8 Texas All-State musicians in band, choir, orchestra, 2007
  • Gold medalists in State Science Olympiad Tournament, 2006
  • Fund for Teachers recipient, 2005
  • National Academic Decathlon championship, 1997, 2000;
  • Girls soccer, second in state, 2000, 2001
  • UIL state team tennis championship,  runner-up, 1999, 2000; semi-finalist, 2007
  • TCEA state Programming championship, runner-up, 2004, 2006, 2007
  • HP Code Wars champions 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008

State Champions

  • UIL 5A state music solo/ensemble  champions, 2000
  • National Academic Decathlon state championship, second place in nationals, 1998, 1999, 2001
  • UIL 5A state team tennis championship, 1997, 1998, 2002
  • UIL 5A state girls doubles tennis champions 2008, 2011 
  • UIL 5A state boys swimming and diving championship, 2001, 2003
  • UIL 5A state girls wrestling championship, 2006
  • UIL 5A state girls soccer championship 2006
  • UIL 5A state Academic championships, 2004, 2007
  • UIL 5A state Academic Social Studies champions, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011
  • UIL 5A state Academic Spelling champions, 2011 
  • UIL 5A state Academic Current Issues & Events individual silver medalist, 2008
  • UIL 5A state Academic Computer Science champions 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007
  • TCEA state Programming champions 2005, 2008

National Champions

  • National Academic Decathlon national champions, 1997, 2000
  • Pacesetter Dance Team, MA Dance national champions, 2011, 2013

Texas Education Agency School Report Card Data

 2012 NCLB Report Card for Taylor High School

Facility Improvements

Previous bond packages authorized by voters in 1994, 1996, 1999 and 2002 funded the following major projects at Taylor High School:

  • 9th grade center
  • Performing Arts Center
  • new library
  • music room renovations
  • drill team gym
  • new tennis courts
  • new softball fields
  • concession/dressing room
  • field house renovations
  • parking facility
  • HVAC central plant
  • athletic field reconstruction
  • re-roofing
  • carpet replacement
  • lighting retrofit
  • practice field upgrades
  • technology retrofits
  • a new phone system including telephones for all teachers.
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