- New Caney ISD
Board Approves Name for Comprehensive High School #3
The New Caney ISD Board of Trustees approved the recommendation to name the district’s third comprehensive high school, West Fork High School, May 17. Bridgett Heine, who was selected in February to be the new high school’s principal, made the recommendation to the Board on behalf of a name-selection committee. The committee took into account the district’s recent history of associating school names with a school’s geographic location. The West Fork High School name, unique among Texas high schools, is associated with the West Fork of the San Jacinto River which flows through Montgomery County, and just west of the high school site, to its confluence with the river’s east fork on the northern rim of Lake Houston.
“The connection to the area’s natural landscape, as well as the river’s importance to our community, were strong considerations,” Heine said. “Also, the strength, beauty, and sense of adventure that rivers represent are symbolic of what we want West Fork High School to be for our students. We’re very excited to have a name. Our school is no longer just a construction site but is becoming a real destination, a place of learning and growth for students."
The school’s mascot will be the Gators and school colors are dark green and silver. The colors and mascot selection were part of a separate process that included staff and future West Fork High School students. Branding and logo design will be completed in the coming months as the school prepares for its opening in August 2022.
“Opening a new high school is one of the most exciting things in public education, and we are fortunate to live in a community that is both growing and super supportive of public schools,” Superintendent Matt Calvert said. “It will be fun to watch as West Fork High School opens and establishes itself among our district’s high schools and as part of the rich tradition of public education in Texas.”
West Fork High School is located on Sorters-McLellan Road south of Lone Star College-Kingwood. Part of the bond referendum approved by voters in May 2018, the project proposal included two phases. The first phase, to be completed in 2022, will accommodate approximately 1,350 students. The school design accounts for future expansion up to 2,250 students to accommodate projected enrollment growth.
“This is a very exciting time for our school district,” Board of Trustees President Chad Turner said. “The Board is very much looking forward to seeing this school open and having a name and mascot brings us closer to that reality. Because of the support of this community, our students are blessed to have wonderful opportunities to grow and learn. West Fork High School is just another example of the commitment our community has made to excellence in education.”