Growing Tomorrow's Leaders

Sam Houston State University


For more than 140 years, Sam Houston State University (SHSU) has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, “The Measure of a Life is its Service,” echoes across SHSU’s eight colleges and beyond its Texas campus through student research, creative endeavors, service learning, volunteering and more.

Named for Sam Houston, Texas’ greatest hero, SHSU continually strives to honor its historical roots through academic excellence that includes exceptional teaching from faculty members who care as much about their students’ success as they do about furthering the knowledge of their fields.

SHSU offers over 90 bachelor’s degree programs, more than 60 master’s degree programs, and 10 doctoral programs, including nationally-recognized programs in Business, Fine Arts, Education, Mathematics and Criminal Justice. SHSU is classified as a “Doctoral Research University” by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education and was recently recognized by U.S. News and World Report for being among the best in the country for online graduate programs. In addition, the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education classified SHSU as a "Community Engaged" university. This honor has been awarded to 311 public institutions nationwide, and acknowledges the university’s significant commitment to serving the community.


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Huntsville Independent School District

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The mission of Huntsville Independent School District (HISD) is to establish a partnership with students, parents and the community to provide an equitable education system characterized by a safe environment and academic excellence to empower all students with knowledge, competencies, and personal qualities to live and work successfully as lifelong learners and responsible citizens with a global perspective.

Name Level 
Gibbs Pre-School Center
Huntsville Elementary
Samuel W. Houston Elementary
Scott E. Johnson Elementary
Estella Stewart Elementary
Huntsville Intermediate School
Mance Park Middle School
Huntsville High School