Tomball ISD Celebrates Opening of Grand Lakes Junior High School with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

TOMBALL - As the 2021-2022 school year approaches, Tomball ISD celebrated the opening of it’s newest school, Grand Lakes Junior High School, during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday.

Tomball ISD voters approved a $275 million bond referendum, known as Bond 2017, and GLJHS was among the projects included in this bond package. 

“Opening another brand new school is made possible, in part, by our unwavering commitment to providing the highest quality teaching and learning environment for our students and staff,” said Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora, Superintendent of Schools. “All of our Bond 2017 projects are a bold reflection of that commitment.”

Grand Lakes is the fourth junior high school in Tomball ISD and will serve grades 7 and 8, located at the Elmer and Dorothy Beckendorf Educational Complex. Sporting the mascot, Tigers, GLJHS will be led by Principal Kim McKinney and Assistant Principals Travis Ling and Jennifer Foley. 

“Tomball ISD is a Destination District for families,” said Board President Matt Schiel. “Parents choose us because of the district’s steadfast commitment to high student achievement characterized by quality instruction, equality of opportunities and resources, demonstrated results, strong parental involvement and community support. The opening of Grand Lakes Junior High is a true representation of each of those.”

Emphasized at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was the overwhelming support by the Tomball community with representatives from LAN, Gilbane Construction and PBK as well as the Tomball ISD Board of Trustees, Executive Team, City of Tomball, Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce and staff from GLJHS with McKinney expressing her excitement about welcoming students and staff to her new campus. 

“I want to personally extend a heartfelt thank you to our Board and our voting community for their overwhelming support of Bond 2017, making Grand Lakes Junior High School a reality," said Salazar-Zamora. 




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 over 19,000 students at 22 campuses.

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