|Principal Administrator||Aida Tello|
|Grade levels||9 - 12|
|School type||Public school (U.S.)|
|Enrollment||2,897 students (2003-2004 school year)|
|School colors||Black, Gold|
Sam Houston High School is a secondary school located at 9400 Irvington Boulevard in Houston, Texas. Houston High School handles grades nine through twelve and is part of the Houston Independent School District.
The school has the oldest high school newspaper in Texas, the Aegis, established in 1889. The world's first girls' Military Drill Squad, initially the Black Battalion, but now called the Tigerettes, originated at Houston High School.
Sam Houston High School is often nicknamed "Sam" by its students. Sam Houston High School Baseball Field is located at .
In 1955, Houston High School moved from its Capitol Street location in Downtown to its current location.
Sam Houston, along with Jack Yates High School and Kashmere High School, are the three high schools in Houston ISD which have been consistently low-performing in test scores from 2001 to 2004. Because of this problem, there were movements to have the state or another organization take over the schools for a period so the test scores will be at acceptable levels. While Yates got an acceptable rating in 2005, Houston and Kashmere continued to get unacceptable ratings. Abelardo Saavedra, the superintendent of HISD, described Houston as being "close" to getting an acceptable rating. In August 2006 the school learned that it again is getting an unacceptable rating from the Texas Education Agency. HISD threatened to close Sam Houston. Sam Houston was not closed and it received another unacceptable rating from the TEA. Houston ISD, stated that the board would consider spending $300,000 to find a method to make Sam Houston score higher marks from the TEA .
Sam Houston has Texas' oldest high school newspaper, the Aegis, started in 1889. In addition, the world's first girls' Military Drill Squad, formerly known as the Black Battalion, but now called the Tigerettes, originated at the school.
The school was originally all White; it was desegregated in 1970 and today has a mostly Hispanic student body .
In 2007 Johns Hopkins University referred to Sam Houston as a "dropout factory" where at least 40 percent of the entering freshman class does not make it to their senior year.
No Native Americans were enrolled during that school year.
89% of the students qualified for free/reduced lunch.
Neighborhoods include Melrose Park, Hardy Acres, Hardy Heights, Assumption Heights, Roos Acres, Virginia Acres, Sunnyland Farms, Oakwood, and Northline Terrace.
The Texas Education Agency specified that the parents and/or guardians of students zoned to a school with uniforms may apply for a waiver to opt out of the uniform policy so their children do not have to wear the uniform ; parents must specify "bona fide" reasons, such as religious reasons or philosophical objections.
All of Fonville Middle School-zoned areas and some areas of the Burbank Middle and Henry Middle School zones feed into Sam Houston.