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History

The oldest independent coeducational school in Houston, Kinkaid was founded in 1906 by Margaret Hunter Kinkaid. The school has had three locations-the first of which was Mrs. Kinkaid's own home, where classes were conducted in the dining room; the second location was at the corner of Richmond and Graustark; and, in the fall of 1957, the school moved to its present forty acre campus in Piney Point Village.

In the history of the school, Kinkaid has had four headmasters. They are listed below.

Margaret Hunter Kinkaid

1906-1951

John Cooper

1951-1979

Glenn Ballard

1979-1996

Don North

1996-present

John Cooper's twenty-seven-year tenure continued Mrs. Kinkaid's traditions of rigorous academics, arts, and athletics for all students. It was during this time that Kinkaid developed the national reputation enjoyed by today's school.

Under Glenn Ballard's leadership, Kinkaid and its faculty were enriched by parent and alumni encouragement and support. Student opportunities in academics, arts, and athletics were expanded steadily, with corresponding increases in the number of achievements. During the Ballard years, the campus witnessed extensive renovations and the addition of a new middle school and gymnasium. Kinkaid considers itself a 'family school' and nothing could be more evident of a family's support than the volume of generosity which made these changes possible.

With Don North as its head, Kinkaid has a dedicated leader who has a vision for the school based on his commitment to move the school forward while heeding the traditions of the three wise and caring individuals who preceded him.


Philosophy

From its earliest days Kinkaid has emphasized both academic attainment and character development.  Margaret Kinkaid encouraged her students to seek honor as well as achievement, and she described her ideal student as “the intellectually capable boy or girl of sound character whose talents, interests, and uniqueness are educational assets for other Kinkaid children.” Today’s Kinkaid remains faithful to its founder’s calling, valuing its students for their potential, as well as their achievement, and striving always for their balanced growth — intellectual, physical, social, and ethical.

The primary goals of Kinkaid are intellectual endeavor and achievement. The school also believes that a
well-rounded education includes experiences in the arts, athletics, and a variety of extra-curricular activities.

Kinkaid further believes that every student is and will continue to be part of a community and, therefore, seeks to strengthen his or her moral responsibility to it. The school actively promotes honor, respect, responsibility, and kindness.

Kinkaid also believes that participation of parents in their children’s education is essential to accomplishing its mission. The school makes every attempt to inform them of the School’s purposes and goals, and expects their strong support in the pursuit of these aims.


Mission Statement

Kinkaid's mission is to promote educational excellence, personal responsibility, and balanced growth, and thereby to help its students to discover and develop their talents and to fulfill their best potentials.


Non-Discriminatory Policy

The Kinkaid School admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.