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Key Middle School (Texas)


Key Middle School (Texas)

Key Middle School

Francis Scott Key Middle School is a public middle school in the Kashmere Gardens area of Houston, Texas, United States.[1] It is within the Houston Independent School District.


  • History 1
  • Neighborhoods zoned to Key 2
  • Feeder patterns 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Kashmere High School opened in 1957 at 4000 North Kelley Street. In 1968 Kashmere moved to a new campus at 6900 Wileyvale Road and the North Kelley campus became Key Middle School, which was named for Francis Scott Key.[2]

In 1991 Key was the first school in HISD to introduce school uniforms. At the time, they were not required, but encouraged.[3]

In 2007 employees, students, and visitors complained of watery eyes, headaches, and other symptoms.[4] The district closed the school in late September 2007 to test the school for mold;[5] students attended Fleming Middle School.[5] In September 2007 Sheila Jackson Lee, a U.S. congressperson, had asked the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to visit Key. Afterwards HISD called inspectors from the CDC to inspect Key.[6] On Wednesday, March 26, 2008 the district re-opened Key.[5] Air quality tests performed in weeks around March 2008 revealed limited mold spores.[4] Sheila Jackson Lee said that she felt that the district should not re-open the campus by March 2008. The district spent about US$3 Million to clean Key.[7]

In May 2008 Abelardo Saavedra, superintendent of the district, said that he considered closing Key; sixth graders would be sent to elementary school campuses while seventh and eighth graders would attend Kashmere High School. Parents and teachers want HISD to instead tear down the campus and rebuild it.[8]

In 2010, after reviewing allegations of teacher-led cheating on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test and allegations of property theft, the district reassigned employees and denied Key employees bonus pay.[9] Some of the employees involved were working at Kashmere High School but had previously worked at Key.[10] On Thursday April 8, 2010 the district voted to fire Mable Caleb, who was a principal of Kashmere but had been the principal of Key during the period which had been scrutinized. Five other HISD employees were fired.[11]

Neighborhoods zoned to Key

Residents of the Houston Gardens and Kashmere Gardens areas are zoned to Key.[12]

Feeder patterns

Elementary schools feeding into Key[12] include:

  • Cook[13]
  • Kashmere Gardens[14]
  • McDade[15]
  • McGowen (formerly Houston Gardens)[16]
  • Paige (formerly Bowie)[17]


  • Isaacs[18]
  • Ross[19]

Most areas in Key feed into Kashmere High School.[20] Some areas feed into Davis High School.[20]

See also


  1. ^ "About Key Middle School." Key Middle School. Retrieved on January 23, 2010.
  2. ^ "School Histories: the Stories Behind the Names." Houston Independent School District. Accessed September 24, 2008.
  3. ^ "Houston school takes on uniform look Parents hope move will aid studies, end brawls." Associated Press at The Dallas Morning News. August 6, 1991. Document ID 0ED562552D8448AE. "Some Key Middle School students already are outfitted for the new school year, and they all chose the same thing. The students are the city's first to wear uniforms, which are encouraged but not required by the school. Some predict the trend will catch on, but others say identical clothes won't keep kids from finding something to fight about. Carol Galloway, former president of the school's PTA, said she once watched two students fighting because one student wearing[...]"
  4. ^ a b Staff. "It's back to school at Key Middle." Houston Chronicle. Wednesday March 26, 2008. B4. Retrieved on January 23, 2010.
  5. ^ a b c "All clear." Houston Chronicle.
  6. ^ Mellon, Ericka. "HISD calls in CDC to investigate Key Middle School." Houston Chronicle. September 25, 2007. Retrieved on November 3, 2013.
  7. ^ Leahy, Jennifer. "Residents wary of plan to reopen Key Middle." Houston Chronicle. Sunday March 16, 2008. B3. Retrieved on January 22, 2010.
  8. ^ Radcliffe, Jennifer. "Teachers complain Key Middle School still unsafe." Houston Chronicle. May 9, 2008. Retrieved on January 22, 2010.
  9. ^ Apodaca, Gene. "HISD employees reassigned after investigation." KTRK-TV. January 22, 2010. Retrieved on January 24, 2010.
  10. ^ Downing, Margaret. "HISD Investigating Charges Of TAKS Cheating At Key Middle School." Houston Press. Thursday January 21, 2010. Retrieved on January 24, 2010.
  11. ^ Mellon, Ericka. "Probe widens after firings of ex-Key principal, 5 others." Houston Chronicle. April 8, 2010. Retrieved on November 3, 2013.
  12. ^ a b "Key Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  13. ^ "Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  14. ^ "Kashmere Gardens Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  15. ^ "McDade Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  16. ^ "Houston Gardens Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  17. ^ "Paige Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  18. ^ "Isaacs Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  19. ^ "Ross Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  20. ^ a b "Kashmere High School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.

External links

  • Key Middle School
  • Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: the Key Middle School Saga Continues... - Houston Press - October 10, 2007
  • Mellon, Ericka. "TEA confirms cheating allegations in HISD." Houston Chronicle. December 17, 2010.
    • PDF of TEA doc
  • The Center for School Mold Help

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