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  • Houston Christian High School: A Legacy of Leadership

    As the first interdenominational Christian High School in the city, Houston Christian High School proudly leads a Legacy of Leadership for the past 25 years. Our identity as “Houston Christian” within the city of Houston and beyond is synonymous with a heritage of excellence, independence, and Christian leadership.
     
    Houston Christian High School (HCHS) is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational day school serving nearly 500 students in the ninth through twelfth grades. HCHS is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Council of Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA), and the Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC). 
     
    Over the summer, Houston Baptist University President, Dr. Robert B. Sloan, contacted Head of School, Dr. Stephen M. Livingston, informing us of the university’s plan to change its identity this fall. Houston Baptist University will soon announce that it will assume a new name, Houston Christian University. It is important to emphasize that Houston Christian High School is an independent school and is unaffiliated with any other educational institution. While HCHS had no involvement in the decision to rebrand Houston Baptist University, we are appreciative of Dr. Sloan’s open communication, as his gesture of goodwill speaks to our collective commitment to the larger work of Christian education within Houston.

    We take great pride in our role as the original trailblazer of Christian Leadership, the first to hold the “Houston Christian” name, and our heritage. Twenty-five years ago, a group of pastors bravely launched a school to provide rigorous, Christ-centered education for Houston families. Two years later, Houston Christian High School purchased a forty-five-acre tract of land on the West Sam Houston Parkway, and construction began on our expansive campus. Since then, Houston Christian High School has grown in student population, campus facilities, and academic and extracurricular programming, fulfilling its mission of providing dynamic, empowering education to the Greater Houston area.
     
    As Houston Baptist University continues to unveil its brand identity as Houston Christian University, we will revisit our visual identity to control the impact of our brand, keeping you informed of our progress. We are strongly committed to our school’s mission and determined to continue our known independence and heritage throughout the city of Houston and beyond.
     
    Thank you for your unwavering support of HCHS's mission, vision, and God’s unique calling for our school. 

    FAQs:
    Was Houston Christian High School involved in Houston Baptist University’s decision to rebrand?
    No. Houston Christian High School had no involvement in the decision to rebrand Houston Baptist University.
     
    Does Houston Christian High School plan to be part of Houston Baptist University?
    No. Houston Christian High School will continue to remain an independent school, unaffiliated with any other educational institution. Houston Christian High School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Council of Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA), and the Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC). 
     
    Does Houston Christian High School have any formal plans to affiliate or align its programming with Houston Baptist University?
    No. Houston Christian High School will continue to independently lead the charge of dynamic, distinctive programming within a Christian education. Occasionally, we may rent facilities at Houston Baptist University, as we have done previously for our Spring Musical productions.
     
    Does Houston Baptist University’s decision to rebrand as Houston Christian University affect Houston Christian High School in any way?
    As Houston Baptist University continues to unveil its brand identity as Houston Christian University, we will revisit our visual identity to control the impact of our brand. We will ensure that our distinctive brand stays consistent and remains a symbol of our independence and heritage.
  • New Director of Business Affairs, Jon Baermann

    Jon Baermann joins HC as our new Director of Business Affairs. Mr. Baermann most recently worked for Concordia International School Shanghai, where he served as the Senior Director of Operations, Compliance, and Strategy. His past experience as Vice President and Counsel for Compliance Systems brings a unique skill set to best serve HC. We are thrilled to welcome Jon!
  • Meet the Teacher Night Delivers Parent Partnership

    Houston Christian High School values high-quality instruction coupled with strong relationships between students, teachers, and parents. Last Thursday, HCHS faculty and staff welcomed parents to Meet the Teacher Night on campus. Parents attended their students' classes, met instructors and directors, and learned more about upcoming events this year. We give thanks to our faculty for selflessly investing in our students’ success, both academically and spiritually. 
  • New Drink Launches at Uncommon Cup, HC Gala Gift

    A new drink launched at the Uncommon Cup: the Linhart Key Largo! Thanks to the Egger Family, Chef Jesus created a new drink with cool, chill vibes with hints of the tropics inspired by our own cool Theatre Director, Bobby Linhart.

    The Linhart Key Largo is a frozen composition with an overture of berry notes harmoniously bridging to a full chorus of fruit flavor. Enjoy this new gala drink written in the key of Vitamin C!

    Thank you, Dan and Kay Kurtin Egger, for supporting HC at the gala while also recognizing one of our amazing teachers with this gift! 
  • HC Celebrates Raise Your Flag with Yale & Nondorf Family

    Thanks to alumni parents Kurt and Marlene Nondorf, it was a very Yale week! Go Bulldogs!

    Each year at our gala, we auction the opportunity to fly your alma mater’s flag for a week. We have the fight song play during announcements all week and a cake for the students at lunch.

    The Yale flag flew over the football field all week and during the winning game on Friday. It was great to have the Nondorfs here for the game sporting their Yale logo, showing their Mustang spirit, and sharing their love of Yale with Future Mustangs. Thank you, Nondorfs!
  • HC Announces New Choir Director, Elizabeth Chrisman Shurtz

    Elizabeth Chrisman Shurtz joins our faculty as Choir Director. As the previous Assistant Choir Director for Friendswood Junior High School, she consecutively led her students to numerous UIL "Superior" contest ratings since 2016. She founded “Mustang Select,” the first audition-only varsity men’s choir at Friendswood Junior High, in 2017. We are blessed to have Ms. Chrisman Shurtz lead our choir program. Welcome! 
  • Distinguished Scholar Program Hosts Sean Patrick Flanery

    You're Invited! Join us for dinner and discussion on September 30 at 6 p.m. with award-winning actor and Houstonian Sean Patrick Flanery about his career, unique life journey, and how his experience relates to DSP's curriculum focus on cultivating habits and exploring God-given gifts. Click the link to register today! 
  • HC Announces New Mens Chaplain, Mike Skinner

    Mike Skinner joins HC as our new Men’s Chaplain. Mr. Skinner has been inspiring his community for over a decade through his unique speaking style as a pastor. Mr. Skinner holds degrees in Biblical Languages and Christian Theology and also has a Master's Degree in Theological Studies from Houston Baptist University. Welcome!
  • HC Kicks Off 25th Anniversary Year at Chapel

    Last Thursday, HC kicked off our 25th Anniversary year with a day of celebration. Students, faculty, and staff gathered for our first chapel of the year and celebrated our heritage. Anne Dalton, Director of Enrollment Management & 25th Anniversary Committee Chair, and Dr. Stephen Livingston, Head of School, addressed the community with stories of our journey and what is to come this year. HC Worship Band led us in praise, and HC Choral entertained us with a performance of “He Never Failed Me Yet.” The afternoon was a time of fellowship with lunch provided in the Mustang Corral, ice cream in the Mustang Circle, and swag in the Oden Grand Foyer. We are so excited to celebrate our heritage this year! We #GiveThanks to God for such a wonderful community. 
  • HC Announces New Spanish Instructor, alum Grace Munford

    We are so excited to welcome home this Mustang alum as our new Spanish Instructor! After graduating from Houston Christian in 2014, Ms. Munford earned her Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and Marketing from Messiah College. She recently served YES Prep Public Schools as a Spanish Instructor. Coach Munford also joins us as the new Girls Lacrosse Head Coach. Welcome back!
  • Principal Dr. Price Featured on Podcast

    Over the summer, the Plexuss High School Leadership Podcast Series invited our principal, Dr. Darren Price, to share his insights about leadership, how God led him to HC, and how God’s work is impacting students on our campus daily. This series features high school principals and leaders across the United States, and we are so proud to have our principal highlighted. Click the link to listen on Spotify.
  • Mustang Earns Houston Touchdown Club Preseason Award

    Join us as we congratulate Willie Elliott '23 for receiving the Houston Touchdown Club Preseason Award! The 2022 Preseason Private High School Football team was celebrated and recognized Wednesday, August 24th, at the Omni-Galleria. Willie was surrounded by HC coaches who have mentored him throughout his high school career and his family. We are so very proud of our Mustang!
  • HC Announces New Head Baseball Coach, Tom Gladney

    Houston Christian High School is proud to announce that we have named Tom Gladney as our new Head Baseball Coach. Coach Gladney will work extremely hard to ensure that HCHS Baseball continues to be very competitive in the SPC. 

    Coach Gladney most recently served as the Athletic Director for the Biloxi Mississippi School District in Biloxi, Mississippi. Recently named Athletic Director of the Year for the state of Mississippi, Tom brings a wealth of baseball insight and coaching expertise.

    Coach Gladney has been named Coach of the Year several times in baseball and is a member of 5 different Halls of Fames. His baseball coaching experience includes twenty years as a Division II Collegiate Head Coach and ten years as a High School Head Coach. Furthermore, he has been a Major League scout for four teams, currently working for the Milwaukee Brewers.  

    Coach Gladney is a graduate of Mississippi College, where he served as Head Baseball coach for twenty seasons. In Texas, he led Waco Midway (UIL 5A) to nine district championships, two state title runs, and one state championship. He has a 278-71-1 record as a high school head coach.

    Having served in many capacities for the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association, Coach Gladney is highly respected. Additionally, he has served on several NCAA selection committees.

    He is a devoted husband, father, and Christian. He and his wife of 37 years have two daughters and one granddaughter. Throughout his career, he has served as a leader for FCA, and he has spoken at a variety of FCA events. 

    Welcome, Coach Gladney!
  • StangTech Robotics Team Hosts EMPOW(H)ER Event

    Over the summer, our robotics team, StangTech, hosted an event called EMPOW(H)ER with the goal of connecting confidence in the workshop with young women.⁠ The hands-on seminar was extremely successful. Women faculty and Mustang Alums came together to teach our students important skills, like critical thinking and construction fundamentals. Young women left with a self-made accessory (wooden phone docking station, for example), knowledge of construction basics, and most importantly, confidence to create innovative ideas with their own hands. We love seeing our Mustangs learn, grow, and innovate! 
  • HC Announces New Dean of Students, Todd Prince

    Join us as we welcome Todd Prince to the HC family as our new Dean of Students. Having served Fort Bend Christian Academy as the Assistant Principal for over 15 years, Mr. Prince brings distinctive experience and a strong history of leadership to our campus. He understands the Christian mission of HC well. Serving many roles throughout his career in education and as a Northwest Academy alum, he is an excellent fit for HC! Welcome, Dean Prince!
  • Lady Mustangs Partner with Citizens for Animal Protection

    HC Volleyball program has partnered with CAP (Citizens for Animal Protection) this season. These Lady Mustangs’ philanthropy goals are as high as their jump serves! Last week, their volunteer visit included dog walking, preparing newspapers for the animals’ kennels, and putting together adoption starter bags. As a squad, they donated over 80 pounds of dog food, ten pet toys, 60 pet bandanas, ten pounds of cat litter, over $200 in gift cards, and basic supplies like garbage bags, towels, and soap. We are so proud of these girls and their generosity. Mustangs leading the way! 
  • HC Announces New Counseling Director, Carol Bartels

    We are very pleased to announce that Carol Bartels is our new Counseling Director! Ms. Bartels has worked in education her entire career and served HC’s Counseling Office for 12 years, primarily working with freshmen, transfer students, and families. Ms. Bartels is also a licensed professional counselor with a strong mental health background and plays a key role in the developing Wellness Program at HC. Ms. Bartels brings a depth of knowledge of school counseling to the director position along with a familiarity and love of the HC students and community.
  • Mustang Alum Joins Razorback Men's Tennis

    Houston Christian Alumnus Jakob Mosvold, 20’, has recently been added to the University of Arkansas Razorback Tennis 2022-23 roster! Jakob was a national runner-up in the Flight 5 singles bracket last season while attending Tyler Junior College. While there, he helped TJC to a third-place finish at the 2022 NJCAA Men’s Nationals and was selected as the 35th-ranked singles player in the country! Coming from Houston Christian, Jakob was a four-star recruit, winning back-to-back state championships. Congratulations on your achievements, Jakob! We love to see our Alumni fulfilling their life callings. 
  • HC Names New Track, Tennis, and Cross Country Coaches

    Houston Christian High School has announced three new head coaches joining the Athletic staff for the 2022-23 academic year, starting immediately.   
     
    We have named Cjay Brown as our new Head Track Coach. Most recently, Coach Brown has served as the Assistant Track Coach at Kinkaid since 2018. He also coaches the Dave Bethany Elite track club here in Houston. With his distinctive experience, vast knowledge of SPC track, and expertise in elite training, Coach Brown is a perfect fit for HC.
     
    Raymond Bean is our new Head Cross Country Coach. Coach Bean will also be working with distance runners during Track season. Raymond has served as the Human Resources Generalist and Head Cross Country and Track Coach at St. Mark’s Episcopal School since 2016. He is USATF certified and holds a B.B.A. in Business Management from Texas Southern University.
     
    We have named Di Akina as our new Head Tennis Coach and will be working extremely hard to make sure that HCHS Tennis continues to be very competitive in the SPC. Currently, Coach Akina is the director of King Daddy tennis here in Houston and is responsible for running and maintaining UTSA tournaments through KD tennis. She previously served St. Thomas Episcopal as the Head Tennis Coach for their middle school. Her experience, recommendations, and vast knowledge of competitive tennis in the Houston area make her a perfect fit for HC.
     
    Welcome to HC!
  • Back to 80s Invitation Design Wins CASE Award

    Join us as we congratulate HC’s Communication and Marketing Associate, Diana Mumford, for her creative and fun gala invitation that won a CASE award! Out of 4,500 entries, her totally awesome Rubik's Cube design earned the Bronze Award.
     
    As noted on from the CASE Award Circle of Excellence Committee, "Congratulations on capturing a place in history in the 2022 Circle of Excellence awards, the premier recognition program for the advancement sector! We received a record number of entries from members in 28 countries and recruited a record number of your peers to serve as judges, who determined your entry best represented the judging criteria for your category. This is no small feat, and you should be proud of this accomplishment and eager to share it with the world. We certainly will!"
     
    We are very proud of this accomplishment. Her design absolutely set the mood for a fun and successful gala.
     
    “Walkman, Pac-Man, Rubik's Cubes, and DeLoreans--just a few of the '80s great memories that lead me to design the "Back to the 80s" Gala invitation,” said Diana Mumford. “This piece specifically targets nostalgia for the 80's era with fonts, primary colors, imagery, and themes that all harken back to days gone by. The iconic title screen from 'Back to the Future' was the lead element that instantly captured the look and feel. In addition, images reminiscent of arcade games complete the goal of setting the mood and theme. In an era of a complex digital world, these more simplistic ideas were meant to strike a chord with our community. The Gala is always one of my favorite design projects to work on and this year's theme made it even more enjoyable.”
  • HC Students Host Theatre Camp at Spring Spirit

    Houston Christian High School’s Theatreworks was busy making a huge impact in our community during the week of July 11, 2022. The International Thespian Society Troupe #6706 hosted a theatre camp at Spring Spirit in Spring Branch, carrying on their yearly tradition. HC students shared their passion for theatre and love of God with campers through a unique set of theatre classes. We love seeing our students selflessly leading in our community, sharing their passions, and following their life-calling. Mustangs leading the way!
  • Houston Christian Takes Home Six Tommy Tune Awards

    Houston Christian High School’s Theatreworks earns six Tommy Tune Awards, including Best Musical, for their production of Disney’s Newsies! HC students and faculty entered with shared nominations in 14 categories - a first for the school's Theatre Department. Houston Baptist University hosted sold-out performances of Newsies by HC Theatreworks in February.
     
    “I am so very proud of all of our students and I know the HC community is as well,” said Theatre Director Bobby Linhart.
     
    The Tommy Tunes Awards Ceremony was streamed live on May 27, 2022, announcing the winners in all categories between musical performances from nominated cast and crews throughout the Greater Houston Area. Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) presents its annual awards program to recognize and reward excellence in high school musical theater production.
     
    Mason Nuno ’23 won Best Featured Performer for his role of Race in Newsies. Dance Director Melissa Tyler and Theatre Director Bobby Linhart, as well as students Anoushka Patel ’23, Renee Anderson ’22 won Best Choreography. Bobby Linhart was also awarded Best Director. Faculty members Brian Minson, Brian Brown and Ken Sink won Best Music Direction. Grant Richter ‘22 was awarded the runner-up Jimmy Award, an extremely high honor. HC Theatre Department was praised for their incredible production by winning Best Musical.
     
    “I’m so proud of all these students,” said Principal Dr. Darren Price. “They have worked so hard and really put on an amazing show. It is great to see their excellence recognized in such an amazing way! Congratulations to Mr. Linhart, all the faculty and staff, and students involved with the show!”
     
    To learn more about Houston Christian High School’s award-winning Theatre Department, please click here.
  • HC Announces New Athletics Director, Terry Pirtle

    Houston Christian (HC) is pleased to announce Terry Pirtle will assume the role of Athletics Director in June. With a wealth of multi-sport coaching experience throughout Texas at the high school level, Terry joins the Mustangs with a strong leadership and management background. Terry most recently worked for Second Baptist School, where he served as the Head Football Coach for the Upper School in Houston, Texas.

    He guided his team to be District Champions eight years in a row during his tenure, starting his first year in 2013. He was recognized as Coach of the Year from several organizations, including Houston Touchdown, Lone Star Christian Sports Network, and Padilla Poll TAPPS. His role as Head Football Coach and Head Baseball Coach at Brook Hill High School resulted in multiple state records, including State Champions for the 2011 football team. He also has experience in position coaching, mentoring coaches, and fundraising while serving many roles at Pine Tree High School.

    "Terry's coaching experience and mentoring skills with students and coaches are impressive. He will not only
    contribute to the development of Houston Christian's athletic programs but, most importantly, ensure each
    student-athlete realizes his/her athletic potential and leadership capability," said HC Head of School, Dr.
    Stephen Livingston.

    Terry's passion for God, ability to guide student-athletes, desire to mentor coaches, and commitment to building
    strong relations across the school community will serve him well as an athletic director at Houston Christian. As
    a man deeply committed to his faith, the HC community will have the privilege of working alongside a man
    who values both academic success and spiritual development.

    "Hiring Terry Pirtle as AD is a tremendous get for Houston Christian," said parent and Mustang Parent Council
    President Elizabeth Elliott. "His stellar success as a coach with more than 300 wins in both football and baseball
    puts him in an elite group and gives a boost of energy and excitement to the Athletics program at HC."

    Terry and his wife, Terri Ann Pirtle, have been happily married for thirty-four years and have three children:
    Caitlan (Texas A&M graduate), Travis (University of Houston graduate), and Oliva (attending the University of
    Houston).

    Welcome, Terry!
  • Angela Ferguson, Development Associate Director

    We are so excited to announce that Angela Ferguson has joined the Development team as the Associate Director, Annual Giving. She will be working very closely with our community to meet the annual giving goals and other ways to advance the mission. As an alumni parent and active member of the community, she has strong connections and faithfulness to the mission and vision!
     
    Angela Wade Ferguson is an experienced creative, strategic problem-solver, skilled leader, and lover of connecting people and passions! Hailing originally from the Carolinas, she has become a full-blooded Texan for the past twenty-five years!  For almost three decades, she served at the executive level in four churches, most recently completing a 23-year tenure at Grace Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas. She flexed creative consulting muscles by working extensively with clients on projects ranging from program revitalization to staff to strategic business planning to event design and execution. 

    Angela and her husband, Robby, are parents to four amazingly fun college-age children, Douglas (HC class of 2016), Griffin, Blake and Baxter. During her time as a Mustang mom, Angela loved being a part of the vibrant Mustang family and cherishes those warm memories!

    She is thrilled to re-join the Mustang family in a professional capacity as the Development Associate Director focused on Annual Giving. She is thrilled to make lots of new Mustang connections and is excited about the great work ahead!

    In her free time, Angela enjoys cooking, traveling, and entertaining. She is happiest when her house is full of family and friends.
     
    Welcome Angela!!
  • HFD and Mustang Reunite to Celebrate Graduation

    Senior Kennedy Gilmore reunited with the Houston Fire Department members Thursday, May 19, 2022, who saved her life back in 2005. Kennedy was just 20 months old when she fell into her family's swimming pool. Upon arriving at the scene, HFD crews and EMT Aldo Ramos performed CPR, saving her life. Aldo and the department gathered to congratulate Kennedy on graduating from Houston Christian High School and celebrate that she will attend North Arizona University to study environmental studies. We are so grateful for HFD and blessed to have Kennedy a part of our HC family! Click here to read KHOU 11 story. 
  • Mustang Alum Makes NCAA Tennis Championships

    We love seeing our Mustangs succeed and hearing about their accomplishments in college! Recently, Houston Christian Alumni Kenner Taylor, 19’, made the NCAA Individual Championships for Tennis at Texas A&M. Kenner has a passion for tennis and will have the opportunity to compete against elite players in college tennis in the 2022 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships. Kenner has been a rockstar on the court since his time here at HC. Congratulations on this wonderful achievement Kenner! Mustangs leading the way! To read more about this accomplishment, click here
  • Mustang Alum Hosts Naval Academy Event at HC

    Reagan Castiglione '20 (USNA '24) and his mother, Kristelle Castiglione, visited HC on Wednesday to thank Dr. Steve Livingston for allowing the USNA Parents Association to host their annual "Firstie Celebration" and dinner on campus on April 22.  

    The George and Barbara Bush Center for Scholars and Leaders was the perfect backdrop to celebrate Houston-area graduating Naval Academy midshipmen and their families! Thank you Kristelle for your leadership within the community!

    Reagan will spend his summer on a Navy ship and then a submarine before he heads back to Annapolis for his 3rd year.  It was great to see our alumni family and continue to be a part of their academic experience!
  • School History Made with 14 Tommy Tune Nominations

    Students and faculty of Houston Christian High School's Newsies production share nominations in 14 categories of the 2022 Tommy Tune Awards - a first for the school's Theatre Department. It is the highest number of nominations we have ever received and also the first time we have had more nominations than any other school in the Greater Houston area. Houston Baptist University hosted sold-out performances of Newsies by HC Theatreworks in February. 
     
    “I am so very proud of all of our students and I know the HC community is as well,” said Theater Director Bobby Linhart.
     
    The Tommy Tunes honor excellence annually in high school musical theater throughout Houston as part of the Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) program. A ceremony will be streamed live on TUTS YouTube and Facebook pages at 7 p.m. on May 27, 2022, to announce the winners in all 14 categories. 
     
    Here is a list of the 14 nominations, including Outstanding Musical, for our school:
     
    OUTSTANDING MUSICAL
     
    OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A LEAD ROLE (3): Grant Richter, Lauren Ortega, Tony Stevens
     
    OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (1): Robert Pounds
     
    OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A FEATURED ROLE (1): Mason Nuno
     
    OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE
     
    OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
     
    OUTSTANDING SCENIC DESIGN
     
    OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
     
    OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL DESIGN
     
    OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTOR
     
    OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER
     
    OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR
  • Gala 2022: Most Successful Gala in School History

    2 AMAZING Gala Chairs, 225 attendees, 28 sponsors and underwriters, 14 student volunteers, 30+ parent volunteers, 145+ auction items (including one of the cutest little four-legged furballs we’ve ever seen-Ringo/Charlie), a “paddles up” that blew our goal out of the water, a DeLorean parked out front, slinky/Rubik's cube/cool shades galore, airbrush truckers hats, totally awesome 80s tunes sung by The Spazmatics and spun by HC’s very own British DJ Calvin Venus, and some rad dancers that almost shook the roof off equaled a night of support for Houston Christian High School that exceeded all expectations!
     
    This year’s event at The Ballroom at Bayou Place was our best ever!  It raised more funds than we have raised before and we haven’t even opened the after-auction auction yet!  Thank you to our Gala Committee, led by parents Amber Mackel and Holly Spears, guests for joining us, all those who donated to us, and a huge thank you to all our sponsors and underwriters!  You all contributed to the future education needs of students at Houston Christian High School and it couldn't have happened without you!
  • Mustangs Serve on Holy Spirit Episcopal School Panel

    Houston Christian High School students, sisters, and Holy Spirit Episcopal School alums Savannah and Layla Tutor had the pleasure of returning to HSES to serve on their high school panel. Savannah and Layla presented 7th and 8th-grade students with a glimpse of what high school life is like. Topics of discussion were the challenges, rewards, and student and spiritual life. We are so proud of our Mustangs for giving back and mentoring young students in our community. Mustangs leading the way!
  • DSP Students Host Houston Welcomes Refugees

    Houston Christian High School’s Distinguished Scholars Program was honored to host Cindy Wu and Hilary Sherrer from the organization Houston Welcomes Refugees on our campus, Wednesday, April 20, 2022. Wu and colleagues provided our scholars with cross-cultural competence and empathy training, which rounded out their year of studying human migration. Students of our DSP program oriented themselves to the global refugee crisis and its impact here in Houston; explored what it means to welcome refugees with compassion, hope, and honor; consider what the Bible says about welcoming the stranger, and developed action plans. We are so grateful to this organization for meeting and engaging with our students. 
  • HC Thespian Society Spreads Joy Through Service

    On Saturday, April 16, 2022, the Houston Christian High School chapter of the International Thespian Society volunteered at Chapelwood United Methodist Church's annual Easter Egg Hunt. The ITS members worked with Chapelwood's Childrens' Ministry to hide over 2,000 easter eggs! They interacted with the kids and assisted in the many activities throughout the day. ITS had a great time spreading the joy of Easter through service. Mustangs leading the way! 
  • Mustangs Earn Awards at JCL State Convention

    On April 8-9, 2022, Houston Christian High School had nine students participate in the Junior Classical League (JCL) State Convention, including six who attended the event in person in San Antonio. We are so proud of the work these students put into their academic preparation, their art projects, and even the talent show!

    These 9 students earned 17 individual awards, and earned Houston Christian 10th Place Overall in the Red Division (the division for small clubs)! 

    Academic Tests
    Hannah Fisher - Academic Pentathlon, Magna Cum Laude
    Diane Weber - Academic Pentathlon, Cum Laude
    Ashley Egger - Classical Art, 7th place
    McKay Lawless - Latin Derivatives, 8th place
    Ashley Egger - Decathlon, 9th place
    Hannah Fisher - Greek Life & Literature, 9th place
     
    Artistic Projects
    Savannah Williams - Poster, 2nd place
    Maddie Carmichael - Mixed Media, 3rd
    Hannah Fisher - Polychromatic Drawing, 4th place
    McKay Lawless - Poetry, 4th place
    Diane Weber - Vocal Solo, 4th place
    Diane Weber - Illustrated Quotation, 5th
    Maddie Carmichael - Mosaics, 6th
    Hannah Fisher - Electronic Artwork, 6th
    McKay Lawless - Watercolor, 7th place
    Phoebe Hadaway - Computer-Enhanced Photography, 7th
    Ashley Egger - Sculpture, 8th

    Also in attendance was Emily Cezeaux, and participating remotely was Claudia Jara.

    GO MUSTANGS!
  • HC Science Department Attends NSTA Houston22

    Members of the Houston Christian High School’s Science Department had a day filled with innovation, inspiration, and connection at NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education, on Friday, April 1, 2022! From engaging presentations focused on 3-D teaching and learning, sensemaking, equity, and assessment, to lively exhibitor workshops and specially-developed Texas sessions, to a vibrant Exhibit Hall featuring the latest science teaching tools, materials, and technologies available, our science instructors had the BEST professional learning experience. Mustangs leading the way!
  • HC Counseling Hosts Mock Admissions Event

    On March 24, 2022, Houston Christian High School’s Counseling Office proudly hosted over 100 attendees at the Mock College Admissions Event on our campus. This event was a great way for families to avoid confusion and false information about the college application and admission process. It was an interactive evening where students and parents served on a fictitious college admission committee and were tasked to evaluate four applicants based on their file consisting of an application, transcript, essay, recommendation letters, resume, and test scores.
    The committee then had to agree to accept, deny, waitlist, and award a scholarship.
     
    The evening was led by college admission Directors and Officers from: Rice University, University of Texas, Trinity University, University of Denver, Southern Methodist University, University of Tulsa, and the University of Chicago.
     
    HC parent, Travis Koch, reviewed the evening saying, “As a parent, this event is one of the best things we have attended in our time at Houston Christian. Everything from the college admissions guests, to the mock applicant files, to the breakout groups was well coordinated. Carol also expertly facilitated a dynamic group conversation that was largely dominated by enthusiastic HC students. The material was so engaging, our family continued the dialogue later that evening back at our house. So, thanks to your team for providing such an exceptional event."

    HC parent, Amy Drury, reviewed the evening saying, "Bravo for how you guys pulled off last night. I learned so much, loved the energy and seeing the kids getting excited for their future. I’m a big fan how HC really is getting both the parents and the kids prepared for college."
  • Spring College Signing Day at Houston Christian

    Mustangs leading the way! We are so proud of all of our student-athletes who are pursuing God’s calling through athletics in their next chapter. Join us as we congratulate these seniors for signing with their dream college athletic program this spring. 
     
    Gentri Granere: Soccer for New Mexico Highlands University
    Noah Jones: Cross Country for Abilene Christian University
    Kayla Mackel: Basketball for Colorado College
    Gabe Menchaca: Lacrosse for University of Lynchburg
     
  • Student Council Hosts Boys Volleyball Tournament

    Thank you to our sophomore student council leaders who organized this year’s Boys Volleyball Tournament! It was a fun and exciting way to gather as a community, provide friendly competition, and encourage excellence, all for His glory. Congratulations to our champion team! The “Real Goondawgs” roster was Ryan Arnold, Tyler Yllander, Lance Stefanakis, Noah Jones, John Egharevba, Harrison Fieglein, Jonathan Chen, and Jayden Chang. Coaches who helped lead the “dawgs” to victory were Abby Wilmont and Maddie Kennedy. Go Mustangs!
  • Vote Our Mustang For Basketball Player of the Year

    What an incredible basketball season we had at Houston Christian High School this year. We are so incredibly proud to have Brody Robinson ‘22 be recognized for a season of hard work and dedication by being nominated for the VYPE Houston Private School Boys Basketball Player of the Year poll. Please show your support for Brody by clicking here to vote. GO MUSTANGS! 
  • Mustang Polo Player Brings Home National Championship

    Congratulations to our Mustang, Lance Stefanakis, and his polo team on becoming 2022 National Champions! This year the United States Polo Association celebrates its 100th year of interscholastic competition. We are so proud of our Mustang for being the Open National Interscholastic Champion, and demonstrating what teamwork and dedication can make. Congrats!
     
  • Mustangs Win at Junior Classical League Competition

    Join us as we celebrate fourteen of our Mustangs who participated in the Junior Classical League (JCL) Area Convention. St. Thomas Episcopal hosted the JCL Area convention this year, and our students competed from February 24 through 26. Every Mustang took home at least one award, with many winning multiple awards; our HC team also placed 4th overall in the Small Group division. They will continue to prepare for the State Convention in San Antonio this April. We are so proud of the work these students put into their academic preparation, their art projects, and even the basketball tournament! Please see the list below for individual awards details. Macte virtute!
     
    Academic Tests
    Daniel Ju - 2nd Place, Grammar
    Ashley Egger - 2nd Place, Classical Art
    Evan Marie Donohue - 2nd Place, Ancient Geography and Monuments
    Savannah Williams - 3rd Place, Phrases, Mottoes, Abbreviations, and Quotations
    Noah Takahata - 3rd Place, Academic Decathlon
    Claudia Jara - 4th Place, Greek Derivatives

    Art Projects
    Savannah Williams - 1st Place, Cartoon
    Maddie Carmichael - 1st Place, Mixed Media
    Daniel Ju - 1st Place, Model
    Claudia Jara - 2nd Place, Poster
    Ashley Egger - 2nd Place, Sculpture
    Hannah Fisher - 3rd Place, Polychromatic Art
    Dove Ajmani - 3rd Place,  Mosaic
    Phoebe Hadaway - 4th Place, Traditional Photography
    Emily Cezeaux - 5th Place, Acrylic/Oil Painting

    Ludi (Games)
    Basketball Tournament - 1st Place (Savannah Williams, Maddie Carmichael, Emily Cezeaux, Phoebe Hadaway, Daniel Kuo, Warren Anderson)
    Fandom Certamen - 2nd Place (Dove Ajmani, Hannah Fisher, Daniel Ju, Daniel Kuo)
    Catapult/Trebuchet Build - 5th Place (Daniel Kuo, Ben Mize, Noah Takahata, Warren Anderson)
  • Art Students Earn Top Ranks at Houston Rodeo

    Houston Christian students earned top awards for their spectacular pieces at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Contest. Congratulations to all our students who participated in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Contest!
     
    Olivia Jenkins won Best of Show 3D Division for "Last Ride" using the Sgraffito Technique on Kiln Fired Clay. Josiah Wu won the Gold Medal for "Ready for Flight" using watercolor and micro pen, and Moriah Schisler for "Reflections of the West" using Sgraffito Technique on Kiln Fired Clay. The Special Merit was awarded to Karli Kapche for "My Good Cluck Charm" using Prisma colors.

    Click here to view all of the students' artwork. Congrats to all our amazing artists!
  • Mustangs serve Clinica Esperanza in Roatan, Honduras

    To kick off Missions Emphasis Week, we want to share a story from a family within our HC community, that participated in two different service projects over this past Christmas break. Their selflessness and dedication are the very traits we reflect upon throughout the year and especially during our Missions Emphasis Week.
     
    Cassandra Mott about her family’s time in Roatan, Honduras:
    “First, we collected medical supplies for Clinica Esperanza and delivered them. Alex engaged the Diversity Club to participate in this effort and several kids participated, and I asked for donations from friends, family, and colleagues for my 50th. Clinica Esperanza is the only clinic on the island that dispenses medications for those who cannot afford a private hospital. The clinic charges $12 per visit but most cannot afford to pay even that so the visit is free for many. The clinic also delivers babies and performs minor surgeries. Here’s the link: https://clinicaesperanza.org/donate/.”

    “Second, we brought donations to help make nearly 500 (!) Christmas gift bags for the local children.  We had the honor of “playing Santa” on Christmas Eve in the village center and surrounding areas, even driving through some of the more remote areas to personally deliver Christmas gifts to the kids.  We have never seen so many happy little faces!”
     
    [Pictured here is Alex Mott, Cassandra Mott, friend Gavin who is a senior at St. Thomas HS, and Ms. Peggy who is the nurse who runs the clinic.]
  • Mustang Attends Highly-sought After Masterclass

    Through Houston Christian High School’s association with the Tommy Tune Awards, junior Tony Stevens was given the opportunity to attend an exclusive masterclass with Broadway star James Sasser. This masterclass focused on performance technique and partner scene work through student-friendly scenes selected from the musical, South Pacific. James worked with Tony on various ways to approach this kind of material, touching on the concept of cold reads and how to dive through partner scenes at an audition or callback. Congratulations, Tony!
  • Girls Varsity Basketball Makes History at SPC Championship

    The Houston Christian High School, varsity girls basketball team took the SPC State title Saturday with an 87-43 win over Houston area rival Episcopal High School. Their title win also completed their undefeated 33 win season, making them the first Mustangs girls team to win a Championship.

    Houston Christian entered the championship tournament as a united and powerful team, and coach Ryan Bickham, credits the team's success to its hard work and commitment to focusing on what matters.
    "It's just us becoming a team together. We have the talent. It was just about us becoming a team and loving each other, understanding, putting God first," Bickham said. 

    This team was a driving force all season, and that success also goes back to being United. Most of the players have played together not just in a Mustang uniform but in other leagues like Nike-sponsored CyFair Elite since 8th grade. They are "battle-tested," as Bickham comments.

    Senior Kayla Mackel, who will play for Colorado College in the fall, knew their goals were attainable this year, "Going into this year, we knew that we were going to be a really good team, so we just had to fight and practice to get in shape, work on our plans, make sure that we were not making too many mistakes on court, and number one thing, making sure we're playing together."

    We are so proud of the unity, mentality, and performance on and off the court. Go Mustangs!
  • Art Student's piece "Good Cluck Charm" wins award

    Congratulations to Karli Kapche, our Visual Arts Student of the Month. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo recognized Kapche’s talent by awarding her the Special Merit Award for her piece “My Good Cluck Charm,” using prima colors. She also recently won the Silver Key Award of the Scholastic Art & Writing Contest. Join us as we celebrate our talented Mustang!
  • Swim Team Takes Laps to Record-Breaking Season

    Congratulations to the 2022 Mustang Swim Team for a third consecutive record-breaking season. Eight Houston Christian High School swimmers qualified in two individual events and two relays for the SPC Championship meet held in Arlington, Texas, on February 11, 2022.
    Seniors Sofia Beaver and Matthew Thibault, Junior Derby Watson, sophomores Kendall Wallace, Jordan Bany, and freshmen Lucca Incerpi, Micah Gordon, and Nathaniel Sun all qualified.
    Leading the way was sophomore Kendall Wallace. Wallace beat the HCHS school record at SPC Championship prelims in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.42.
    Then, hours later, it broke it again with a personal best time of 24.19 and placed 2nd overall. In addition, Wallace broke her own HCHS school record in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:06.17, beating her time of 1:07.77 set last year.
    Overall, the HCHS Swim team had six top 10 times at the SPC Championships.
    The HCHS Girls 200 Medley Relay of Derby Watson, Kendall Wallace, Jordan Bany, and Sofia Beaver placed 8th overall with a time of 2:04 .52; Kendall Wallace with 50-yard freestyle in 24.19, and in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:06.17; Derby Watson in the 100 Butterfly placed 9th overall with a time of 1:06.7, who then turned around in the next event and swam the 100 Freestyle ranking 10th overall with a time of 59.97.
    In the Girls 200 Freestyle Relay, HCHS swimmers Sofia Beaver, Jordan Bany, Derby Watson, Kendall Wallace placed 10th overall with a season-best time of 1:52.36.
    This swim season, HCHS girls also achieved personal best times. Senior Sophia Beaver earned this in the 100 free in 1:04.91 and 50 free in 27.40, while sophomore Jordan Bany’s season-best time included the 50 freestyle in 30.75 and 100 Backstroke in 1:25.73.
    Likewise, swimmers also achieved personal best times in the HCHS Boys Medley Relay (Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, and Freestyle). HCHS Boys Medley Relay with Lucca Incerpi, Micah Gordon, Nathaniel Sun, and Matthew Thibault placed 13th overall with a season-best 2:02 .89.
    Additionally, the HCHS Boys Free Relay included Matthew Thibault, Lucca Incerpi, Micah Gordon, and Nathaniel Sun, who placed 11th overall with a season-best 1:48.07. The boys also achieved personal best times in the 50-yard freestyle. Matthew Thibault, 24.20, Nathaniel Sun, 24.77, and Micah Gordon, 28.78.   
    Personal best times were earned this year as well. This season junior Matthew Thibault achieved personal best times in 100 freestyle with 55.99. Freshman Nathaniel Sun achieved personal best times in the Boys 100 Butterfly with a 58.05 and in the 100 Free with a 57.17. Lucca Incerpi had personal best times in the Boys 100 Backstroke with a 1:14.91 and in the 100 Freestyle with a 1:03.66. Freshman Micah Gordon in the Boys 100 Breaststroke with a 1:20.31.
    On a final note, HCHS Eden Droog could not attend the SPC Championship meet; however, she had achieved 1:30.99 in her 100 backstrokes at the SPC South Zones Championship University of Houston. She dropped a fantastic 12.26 seconds off her entry time for the most improved swim of the season.
    Congratulations to all the HCHS Mustang Swim Team for a fun, fantastic, and third consecutive record-breaking season. 
     
     
    HCHS Swimming  Records

    2020 School Record
    Senior Hadley Krummel  100 Butterfly - - 1:06.24 (1:06.43/2010)
     
     
    2021 School Records                                    Previous Records   Date
    200 Free 1:59.49 Derby Watson (Freshman)                 (2:07.05/2010)
     
    200 IM 2:13.55 Kendall Wallace (Sophomore)               (2:21.16/2012)
     
    100 Fly 1:01.08 Kendall Wallace(Freshman)                  (1:06.24 /2020)
     
    100 Free 52.70 Kendall Wallace(Freshman)                  (53.37/2002)
     
    500 Free 5:19.53 Derby Watson(Sophomore)               (5:39.20 /2012)
     
    100 Breast 1:07:77 Kendall Wallace(Freshman)           (1:10:37 /2018)
     
    400 Free Relay 3:58.04                                                      (4:04.66/2009)
    Kendall Wallace (9)
    Maycie McDonald (12)
    Merritt Bullock (12)
    Derby Watson (10)


    2022 School Records
    50 Free 24.19 Kendall Wallace (24.42/2022)               (24.59/2002) PB SR
    100 Breast 1:06:17 Kendall Wallace                             (1:07:77 /2021) SR
     
     
     
     
     
     
    PB= Personal Best
    SR = School record
  • Boys Varsity Basketball Finish 5th at SPC Tournament

    Houston Christian High School’s boys varsity basketball team ended their season with a strong finish in the 5th place game win over St. Andrew’s at the SPC Tournament. This team has shown true grit and determination all season, and we are so proud of them! With a season record of 23-13, personal records set, and incredible talent, it has been a pleasure being a part of their success all season!
  • HC Theatreworks performed “Newsies” at HBU

    Houston Christian High School’s Theatreworks produced a specular show, “Newsies” and performed at the Dunham Theater of Houston Baptist University on February 10-12, 2022. It has been two years since our HC students have performed at HBU, due to COVID-19, and they brought their enthusiasm straight to the stage. "Newsies" tells the story of a group of underdogs who become unlikely heroes after they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. This is a tale about fighting for what's right... and staying true to yourself. It was a high-energy explosion of song and dance that impressed the audience. An HC Alumni review stated, “HC Theaterworks put on an incredible, high-energy show that left the entire audience smiling. They did such a wonderful job telling the story and the passion they had in their vocals and choreography was thrilling!" We are so incredibly proud of the entire cast and crew of this production. Seize the day, Mustangs!
  • Mustang Soccer star sets school season record

    Join us as we congratulate Houston Christian High School senior Parker Dennis for setting a new school record! With her last goal at the SPC Tournament on February 12, 2022, Dennis set the new HC soccer season record with 25 goals. Dennis has been a driving force in this year’s successful girls varsity soccer season. Go Mustangs!
  • Lady Mustang reaches 1,000 points in Varsity Basketball

    Houston Christian senior shooting guard Kayla Mackel made history when she broke the 1,000-point barrier on Tuesday, November 1, against John Cooper. Our community celebrated this incredible accomplishment before the Lady Mustangs took on the Episcopal Knights last Friday, February 4. Kayla and her team dominated the court that night, ending their regular season undefeated! Kayla is a 4-year varsity starter and an All-SPC player who is taking her talent to Colorado College next year on a basketball scholarship. We are so proud of you, Kayla! It has been such a joy to see how you have used God’s gift to teach others leadership and perseverance. GO MUSTANGS!
  • 2022 Distinguished Leaders Speaker Series Wrap-up

    Each year, our George and Barbara Bush Center for Scholars and Leaders host a Distinguished Leader Speaker Series. This year, on February 1, 2022, we were privileged to have Jean Becker and Jim McGrath join us for our assembly. Within the hour and half we had together, Jean and Jim shared behind-the-scenes stories about a man driven by service and love. We discovered so much about President George H.W. Bush, who Jean worked side-by-side with for 25 years as his Chief of Staff, and Jim as his longtime spokesperson and friend. Jean and Jim shared some of the most interesting and unexpected moments of Bush’s Legacy. Most importantly, Jean and Jim's stories affirmed many values we share, motivated by helping others and having a little fun along the way. We also presented the Distinguished Service Medal to Jean Becker and Jim McGrath for Public Service. To watch a recording of our live stream, click here.
     
    Jim and Jean, thank you for your insightful comments and stories of what it means to serve the 41st president and his wife, and through them, our nation.
  • Cate Dunne, New Alumni and Campaign Coordinator

    Welcome Cate, our new Development Associate - Alumni and Campaign Coordinator!
     
    Alumna Cate Dunne graduated with the HCHS class of 2017. During her four years at Houston Christian, Cate was heavily involved in the Fine Arts and spent most of her free time in the black box theater and choir rehearsal room. She graduated from Abilene Christian University in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Multimedia, minoring in theater. While at ACU (Scratch ‘em Cats!), Cate was involved with the ACU Horse Team and 99 West, a student-run multimedia agency producing short films and commercials. One highlight of her time there was winning Best Writer at ACU’s annual Film Fest. She also got the opportunity to study abroad in Oxford England for a semester and absolutely loved it.
     
    We are thrilled that Cate joined the team and look forward to the connections that Cate will continue to build with our alumni community - and beyond! Her skills and experience will be helpful and invaluable as we advance the mission!

    Please come by, say hello, and pass along alumni info as you receive it!  
  • National Honor Society Induction Ceremony 2021-22

    We are pleased to share the 2021-22 National Honor Society (NHS) Induction Ceremony, where we celebrated 41 new inductees into the Houston Christian National Honor Society Chapter on January 27, 2022. Many wonderful speeches were presented and there were many special moments to cherish. Click here to watch.

    10th Grade:
    Warren Anderson
    Daniel Bae
    Jordan Blyden
    Colin Brogdon
    Cole Broussard
    Keyton Cameron
    Emily Cezeaux
    Luke Davenport
    Evan Marie Donohue
    Sydnor Duffy
    Elise Egger
    Avery Elkins
    Hannah Fisher
    Emma Guild
    Sarah Guild
    Phoebe Hadaway
    Lauren Hartman
    Hadleigh Helms
    Jackson Herauf
    William Jackson
    Xichuan (Daniel) Ju
    Karlianna Kapche
    Madison Krieger
    Taylor Lee
    Maximilian McCarty
    Ben Mize
    Kathryn Mueller
    Samantha Muro
    Thomas Myers
    Zachary Myers
    Carter Seeliger
    Noah Takahata
    Savannah Tutor
    Hudson Wayne
    Pierce York

    11th Grade:
    Dominic Cestero
    Ramzy Khalifa
    Haley Killough
    Daniel Kuo
    Sophia Lamb
    Katherine Pesek

    NHS Officers:
    Jonathan Chen
    Mason Jolink
    Audrey Jones
    Sammy Loe
    Hannah Nicholas
    Joshua Chin
    Grace Transou
    Derby Watson

    Special thank you to our NHS Advisors Jay Harmon, Jill Skufca, and Michele Webb for their dedication and support, and to Audio and Video Specialist, Calvin Venus, for documenting this event!
  • Cellist 3rd place in the state, Texas private schools

    Congratulations to our talented Mustang! Daniel Kuo ’23 placed 3rd chair cellist in all of Texas Private Schools this week of January 2022. He will be representing Houston Christian High school in a concert performance with the TPSMEA All-State Orchestra this Saturday, January 29 at the Eisemann Center of Performing Arts in Richardson, TX. Join us as we celebrated this incredible accomplishment! 
  • Mustang Earns Houston Chronicle's "Athlete of the Week"

    Congratulations to Houston Christian High School’s Brody Robinson for being recognized as Houston Chronicle’s Boys Athlete of the Week! This acknowledgment is well-deserved for this Mustang who is having a GREAT year. We can't wait to see what the rest of this season has in store for you and this talented team! Read the full article here. Go Mustangs!
  • You're Invited! Soccer Spirit Night, Friday, January 14th

    You’re invited to Spirit Night this Friday, January 14, as our Mustangs challenge the Kinkaid Falcons on the soccer field. Join HC Drumline, Cheer, Stang Gang, Choir, and the entire HC community as we support our Girls Varsity team starting at 5 pm, with Boys Varsity beginning at 7 pm here at Mustang Field. Be sure to enter into the student raffle for a chance to win Beats Fit Pro True Wireless Earbuds*. The winner will be announced during the Boys Varsity halftime. See you there!

    *Must be present to win.