As sophomores and freshmen walked through the doors in 1972, Jersey Village High School began building an expansive history of academic achievement and success. Initially Bill Borgers, JVHS’s first principal, opened an innovative school that included moveable walls, open classroom areas, a Commons area, and modern laboratories and shops. Beginning with just two grade levels totaling 597 students, the high school population has expanded to over 3300 students, under the guidance the school’s fifth principal Ralph Funk.
“We are proud of the tradition of excellence that is woven into the culture at Jersey Village High School. From the opening of our school in 1972 through today, Jersey Village prides itself on providing the highest quality of programs in every aspect of student life. While this culture of excellence permeates the school and community, an understanding of adaptability and change is also a part of the JV way of life. Our school continues to make changes as necessary to meet the needs of our students. Our reconfiguration into small learning communities and establishment of the Freshmen Academy are examples of recent adaptations in our academic structure which have had a dramatic and positive impact on our campus. We combine the proud JVHS traditions with current improvements to impact the lives of our students," Funk said.
Numerous renovations and construction projects changed the exterior and interior of the 42 year old building. Just as the building structure changed, so did the student body. Through the years the JVHS student body edged closer toward becoming a minority-majority school until it finally achieved that status.
The school family at the high school continues to prevail in all its endeavors. The faculty prides itself on its ability to identify and address issues and concerns that affect the welfare of the school community.
“Clearly a sense of community and shared purpose among both JVHS students and faculty bonds them in the pursuit of upward spiraling levels of excellence,” stated JVHS’s 2000 Blue Ribbon nomination form.
The faculty takes every opportunity to boast about the excellence that defines the high school. “We’re bursting at the seams with close to 3400 students. We continued to have numerous National Merit Scholars. The music department continues to develop brilliant choral, and without expectation of accolades, and we had several athletic teams make it to district and state competition,”Marte Parham, English teacher, said.
Verifying Parham’s words, the school year closed with 22 Merit Scholars, and for the first time ever, 14 wrestlers fought through their season and clutched the boys wrestling district title, and were followed by the Boys’ Soccer team’s first district title.
The school maintains its “Wings of Pride” slogan each and every day in each and every activity.