Katy, TX

KATY, TEXAS. Katy, first known as Cane Island, is on Interstate Highway 10 and U.S. Highway 90 at the intersection of Harris, Waller, and Fort Bend counties, twenty-five miles west of downtown Houston. The name Katy may have been taken from the name Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad or from the name of the saloonkeeper’s wife. Before 1890 the depot was operated by the Hennesey family on the Texas Western Railroad, a mile south of the platted town site. Peter Black and the families of former slaves Tom Robinson and Milto McGinnis were also in the area. In 1894 the Pitts family moved north of town, and in 1895 M. A. Beckendorff, a surveyor for Waller County, moved to Pitts Road. The Missouri, Kansas and Texas had built through the site of Katy by the end of 1893, but no station was located there at that time. J. E. Cabaniss, the first railroad agent in Katy, took up his duties there in 1895. The depot was finished in 1898, enlarged in 1919, then sold to the city of Katy in 1977. In 1990 the depot was a museum operated by the Katy Historical Society.
The Baptist and Methodist congregations were organized in 1898 and met either in homes or the school building until the Methodist church was built in 1904 for all to use. Katy had one-room schools circling the area; they were Schlipf, Sills, Stockdick, South Mayde, and Dischner. In 1919 the Katy Independent School District was formed; it registered 17,000 students in 1989.

The Katy post office opened in 1896, with J. O. Thomas and W. P. Morrison, who owned grocery stores, as the first and second postmasters. William Eule introduced rice farming to the dry-land farmers in 1901, and rice replaced cotton, peanuts, and corn. The farming community supported several businesses: Dr. J. M. Stewart and John H. Wright came to Katy in 1898 and formed Stewart and Wright Drug Store in 1904; Wright built the first telephone lines and ran a water system; Adam Stockdick and J. H. Hayes were realtors; the Owens, Clardy, and Cobb families owned hotels; Charlie Mares had a saloon; Trangott Kellner ran a meat market; and Cabaniss operated a rice and peanut warehouse and lumberyard. In 1904 Katy had a reported population of 119. The following year it had two hotels, two livery stables, two lumberyards, and a saloon. The town gained a private bank in 1914. The Katy State Bank followed and operated from 1922 to 1932. Katy National Bank opened in 1955 and was replaced with First Bank, Katy, in 1989.

The discovery well of the Katy gas field was drilled in 1934. The Humble plant (Exxonqv) was put into operation in 1943 with Joseph E. Clayton as superintendent. This plant, which extracted liquid hydrocarbons from gas, reached a peak production in January 1945 of 13,000 barrels a day. During World War II the size of the reserves and the proximity of Houston-area refineries combined to make Katy the most important gas-condensate field in the country. Development of the gas field resulted in a doubling of the population in Katy. From 1925 to 1942 it was reported at 400. It rose to 800 in 1943. The city of Katy was incorporated in 1945 with C. L. Baird as the first mayor and Arthur O. Miller and H. E. Romack as councilmen. After the 1940s the town continued to grow steadily. It reached a high of 9,866 inhabitants in 1988 before declining to 8,005 in 1990. By 2000 the population had increased to 11,775.

Schools in Katy TX

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Name Grade Range Rating
Alternative Learning Center - West
6-12
N/A
Anthony Middle
6-8
7
Aristoi Classical Academy
K-4
5
Aristoi Classical Upper School
5-12
4
Arthur Miller Career Center
9-12
N/A
Beckendorff J High School
6-8
10
Berean Christian Academy
K-6
N/A
Bethke Elementary School
PK-5
7
Bonnie Holland Elementary School
PK-5
9
Bryant Elementary School
PK-5
N/A
Calvin Nelms - North East Campus
K-12
N/A
Calvin Nelms High School
9-12
N/A
Calvin Nelms Middle School
6-8
N/A
Cardiff J High School
6-8
6
Cimarron Elementary School
PK-5
7
Cinco Ranch High School
9-12
9
Cinco Ranch J High School
6-8
9
Cypress Lakes High School
9-12
4
Diane Winborn Elementary School
PK-5
4
Dr Debbie Emery Elementary School
PK-5
6
Duryea Elementary School
PK-5
5
Edna Mae Fielder Elementary School
PK-5
9
Faith West Academy
PK-12
N/A
First Classical Academy
K-5
N/A
Franz Elementary School
PK-5
5
Fred And Patti Shafer Elementary School
PK-5
10
Garland Mcmeans Jr High School
6-8
9
Grace Classical Academy
K-4
N/A
Griffin Elementary School
PK-5
10
Harmony School Of Innovation - Katy
K-12
9
Harmony Science Academy - West Hou
K-12
9
Hazel S Pattison Elementary School
PK-5
10
Hemmenway Elementary School
PK-5
5
Hoover Elementary School
PK-2
N/A
Houston Learning Academy
9-12
N/A
Imagination Campus
PK-K & ungraded
N/A
International Leadership of Texas El - Katy
K-5
5
International Leadership of Texas Middle - Katy
6-8
5
Jack & Sharon Rhoads Elementary School
PK-5
8
James E Williams Elementary School
PK-5
9
Jeanette Hayes Elementary School
PK-5
8
Jenks Elementary School
PK-5
10
Joella Exley Elementary School
PK-5
9
Jowell Elementary School
PK-5
5
Kathleen Joerger Lindsey Elementary School
PK-5
N/A
Katy Adventist Christian School
PK-8
N/A
Katy Christian Academy
PK-12
N/A
Katy Elementary School
PK-5
9
Katy High School
9-12
7
Katy J High School
6-8
7
Keiko Davidson Elementary School
PK-5
10
Kids 'R' Kids of Katy
PK-6
N/A
Leadership Academy
3-12
1
Loraine T Golbow Elementary School
PK-5
6
Mcfee Elementary School
PK-5
6
Mcroberts Elementary School
PK-5
9
Memorial Lutheran Preschool
2-3
N/A
Memorial Parkway Elementary School
PK-5
6
Memorial Parkway J High School
6-8
8
Mirus Academy
3-12
N/A
Morton Ranch Elementary School
PK-5
5
Morton Ranch High School
9-12
5
Morton Ranch J High School
6-8
5
Nottingham Country Elementary School
PK-5
8
Obra D Tompkins High School
9-12
8
Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary School
PK-5
10
Opport Awareness Center
6-12
N/A
Outdoor Learning Facility
PK-12
N/A
Paetow High S
9-12
N/A
Pope John XXIII High School
9-12
N/A
Primrose School Of Kelliwood
PK-1
N/A
Primrose School Of North Mason Creek
K
N/A
Raines High School
9-12
N/A
Ray And Jamie Wolman Elementary School
PK-5
10
Robert King Elementary School
PK-5
6
Roberta Wright Rylander Elementary School
PK-5
9
Robinson Elementary School
PK-5
7
Rodger & Ellen Beck J High School
6-8
9
Roosevelt Alexander Elementary School
PK-5
10
Seven Lakes High School
9-12
10
Seven Lakes J High School
6-8
10
Sheridan Elementary School
PK-5
7
Special Services Annex
PK-12
N/A
Stanley C Stanley Elementary School
PK-5
10
Stockdick J High School
6-8
N/A
Sue Creech Elementary School
PK-5
9
Sundown Elementary School
PK-5
6
T High Mcdonald J High School
6-8
6
Taylor High School
9-12
9
Tays J High School
6-8
10
The Houston Learning Academy - Katy Campus
9-12
N/A
Thornton Middle School
6-8
5
Tom Wilson Elementary School
PK-5
10
Trinity Charter School
6-12
N/A
Ursula Stephens El
PK-5
7
Walker Elementary School
PK-5
5
Way To the Lake School
6-12
N/A
Way To the Lake School
6-12
N/A
West Memorial Elementary School
PK-5
7
West Memorial J High School
6-8
6
Westside Baptist Academy
K-12
N/A
Woodcreek Elementary School
PK-5
9
Woodcreek J High School
6-8
10
Zelma Hutsell Elementary School
PK-5
6

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