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Tomball Independent School District

THS Football Named a State Finalist for NFF National High School Academic Excellence Award for Second Straight Year

THS Football Named a State Finalist for NFF National High School Academic Excellence Award for Second Straight Year
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SAN MARCOS, TEXAS — For the second straight year, Tomball High School Football has been named a State Finalist for the National Football Foundation National High School Academic Excellence Award, announced recently by the Texas High School Coaches Association.

This coveted award is the first nationwide recognition honoring individual high school football teams for excellence in the classroom with a team 3.0 or above grade point average.

“This is an amazing honor for our program,” said THS Football Head Coach Dave Handal. “Academics are an expectation in our Culture, and our players do a phenomenal job of buying into and meeting those expectations. Our coaches do an unbelievable job of managing and supporting our players to ensure their academic success. We are grateful for all the teachers and administrators at THS for supporting our players the way that they do.” 

Tomball High School was just one of 15 schools recognized as a finalist in Class 6A in the State of Texas. This is the second straight year THS has been a finalist. 

“We are ecstatic to announce our State Finalists for this prestigious award,” said Joe Martin, the Executive Director of the Texas High School Coaches Association. “ Academic success is as important as athletic success, as it can take student-athletes to the next step in their lives and on the path to becoming successful citizens. This is a team-oriented award that promotes the importance of academics, and we are proud to have 53 schools qualify as state finalists.”

Class 6A State Finalists:

  • Allen High School
  • Bridgeland High School
  • Claudia Taylor Johnson High School
  • Cypress Park High School
  • Cypress Woods High School
  • Edinburg North High School
  • John B. Alexander High School
  • Lake Highlands High School
  • Lake Travis High School
  • Pebble Hills High School
  • Ridge Point High School
  • Stratford High School
  • Tomball High School
  • Vandegrift High School
  • Westlake High School

The State Champion and National Finalist in each classification in each state will be announced by the National Football Foundation at the beginning of February. During Super Bowl Week, the National Football Foundation will announce the National Champion of the NFF National High School Academic Excellence Award. 

Tomball ISD educates students to become responsible, productive citizens by providing innovative, individually rigorous, and personally valuable educational experiences. Founded in 1908, Tomball ISD now encompasses 83 square miles in northwest Harris County and southwest Montgomery County, and is located approximately 30 miles from downtown Houston. The district currently educates nearly 22,000 students at 22 campuses.


  • 2022-2023
  • Academics
  • Athletics
  • Award
  • Football
  • THS