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
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
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.
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
From its earliest days
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
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.
Kinkaid's mission is to
educational excellence, personal responsibility, and balanced growth,
and thereby to help its students to discover and develop their talents
and to fulfill their best
The Kinkaid School admits
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