McCullough High School
THE WOODLANDS — Before the construction and opening of The Woodlands High School in 1996, high school students in The Woodlands attended what was then McCullough High School on South Panther Creek Drive.
J.L. McCullough–The man
- The school’s namesake was the principal at Conroe High School for nearly 20 years before becoming the superintendent of CISD
- Born in Stanton in 1910 and died at 93 in 2003
- Served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II
- Before serving as an administrator in CISD, he was a teacher and football coach. He served CISD for more than 40 years
- Active in the Rotary Club, recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow
- He served for many years on the Conroe City Council.
The Highlanders, then as now, were renowned for their success in academics, athletics and many other extracurricular competitions. Eventually, The Woodlands’ population simply grew beyond McCullough’s capacity to remain the community’s high school.
“The growth in student enrollment led to the conversion of the campus as a junior high when [The Woodlands High School] was built,” said Katherine Clark, director of communications for Conroe Independent School District.
When McCullough opened in 1976, the school enrolled students in grades 7-10, then added juniors and seniors the next two years. After Knox Junior High opened that year, McCullough became a standard senior high school that enrolled students in ninth through 12th grades.
On both an individual and team basis, Highlanders excelled in several disciplines from cross country to theater.
The boys’ cross-country team won no fewer than seven state championships from 1980-81 to 1990-91, in addition to four individual titles during that period. The girls’ team also won state in 1989-90.
Jeff Maggert, a current member of the PGA Tour, was the individual 5A state champion in golf in 1981-82. The girls’ golf team won the state championship in 1984-85 and the boys’ golf team won in 1992-93. The girls’ swim and dive team won five consecutive state championships from 1988-1993, and the boys’ team won in 1989-90 and 1995-96.
The theater department took home top honors at the UIL One-Act Play competition in 1989-90 with their performance of “Look Homeward Angel.”
Many former McCullough High School students have gone on to successful careers in the sports and entertainment industries. Along with Maggert, notable McCullough alumni include former and current National Football League players Larry Izzo, Lee Johnson and Danny Amendola, National Basketball Association player Lance Blanks, and Major League Soccer standout Rusty Pierce. Country singer Jack Ingram also attended McCullough High School in the 1980s.
The last graduating class of McCullough High School was the class of 1996; The Woodlands High opened that fall. McCullough became a junior high campus, housing eighth and ninth grades in 1996, ninth and 10th grades in 1999, and seventh and eighth grades from 2000 until the present time. The Woodlands’ second high school, College Park, opened in 2005.