Boerne is a city in the Hill Country of Texas in the United States. It is the county seat of Kendall County. Boerne was named in honor of Ludwig Börne, a German author and publicist, and its population was 6,178 at the 2000 census. The city is noted for the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case City of Boerne v. Flores.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.1 square miles (15.9 km²), of which, 5.8 square miles (15.1 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²) of its (4.74%) is water.
There were 2,292 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.6% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 84.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $42,009, and the median income for a family was $50,903. Males had a median income of $35,039 versus $25,773 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,251. About 6.5% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.5% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.
The new high school, Boerne Champion High School, recently opened for the class of 2009. It shares the site with new Cibolo Creek Elementary. The Mascot will be the Chargers, the colors navy blue and white. It is named after former Boerne High School teacher and principal Sam Champion, who died on January 8, 2007 after a long battle with brain cancer.
Boerne High School has been noted nationwide for its excellent Advanced Placement program, which has unusually high participation and success rates compared to similar schools around the United States. In the year 2007, eight B.H.S. students qualified in the National Merit Scholarship Program, with one receiving a scholarship; the 2007 Boerne Independent School District teacher of the year is Mr. Paul Yoder.
Boerne High School has excelled in its athletic department, being named the best in the region recently by the San Antonio Express-News. The Boerne Greyhounds have won multiple state championships in varying sports over the past few years: