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Spring Woods high school 1972
October 25, 2008, 2:20 pm
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Spring Woods High School was opened in 1964 during the boom in the western suburbs of Houston on the former grounds of the Spring Branch Country Club, followed by Spring Oaks Middle School and Westwood Elementary School a short distance away on the same former golf course. Currently the second oldest functioning high school in the district, Spring Woods serves the northwest part of Spring Branch ISD (generally an area north of Interstate 10 and west of Gessner Road). Expanded and renovated several times, Spring Woods boasts an architecture with wide courtyards in which classrooms face inwards, yet open to the outside air, a different approach than Northbrook and Stratford, the two newer schools in the district, which are mostly enclosed but are still kept dry and warm when weather becomes an issue. SWHS opened about the same time and with a similar design as Westchester High School, which closed in the 1980s, but is currently home to a district-run charter school called Westchester Academy for International Studies.

It is generally believed that the choice of the Navy Hymn as the tune of the school song is in tribute to World War II Navy hero and President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated the year before Spring Woods opened. The song was played at his funeral.

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