About O. Henry

Middle School


Our school opened in August of 1953 as O. Henry Junior High, with seventh, eighth, and ninth grades. In the mid-70’s ninth grade moved to high school, and in 1987 O. Henry added sixth grade and became O. Henry Middle School. Lance Berkman, six time Major League Baseball All-Star, was a member of that sixth grade class. Other notable O. Henry alumni include:
Lloyd Doggett, current US Representative
Carole Strayhorn, former Austin Mayor and Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Monte Warden, guitarist and singer/songwriter
Ian Moore, guitarist and singer/songwriter
Johnny Treadwell, All-American offensive guard and linebacker for the University of Texas, 1960-1962
Michael Griffin, safety for the Tennessee Titans
Don Baylor, 19 year Major League baseball player, 9 year Major League baseball head coach
Lance Berkman, Collegiate All-American, 6-time MLB All Star
Sandra Haynie, winner of 42 LPGA tournaments, including 4 major championships, LPGA Hall of Fame
Ben Crenshaw, winner of 19 PGA tournaments, including The Masters in 1995, World Golf Hall of Fame

O. Henry has undergone two major renovations, with the most recent in 1999. Karen Aidman is the current interim principal, replacing Pete Price who served 16 years as principal. Rodger Wiley served 13 years as principal in the sixties and seventies.

Information courtesy Mr. David Freeman, former 6th grade counselor at O. Henry Middle School

  • Read the August 25, 1953 Austin Statesman article about the opening of new schools, including O. Henry Junior High.

School NameO. Henry Middle School
Opened1953 as O. Henry Junior High, with 7th, 8th, and 9th grades
ColorsRed and White
MottoIn Pursuit of Excellence
MissionO. Henry’s mission is to provide students with a safe, nurturing learning environment that celebrates cultural diversity, while promoting mutual respect, life-long learning and civic responsibility.
Enrollment931 students for 2015-2016
GradesO. Henry is a 3-year school for 6th, 7th, and 8th grades
Feeder SchoolsO. Henry provides middle school education for students from seven "feeder" elementary schools from Central and South Austin. These AISD neighborhood elementary schools include Barton Hills Elementary, Bryker Woods Elementary, Casis Elementary, Mathews Elementary, Oak Hill Elementary, Pease Elementary and Zilker Elementary. Three AISD East Austin elementary schools, Allan Elementary, Allison Elementary and Govalle Elementary have a "Diversity Choice" option to attend O. Henry.
Demographics53% Caucasian, 38% Hispanic, 4% African-American, 5% Other. 23.7% students receive free and reduced lunch.
Hours8:20am - 3:40pm
ScheduleStudents may enter the front flagpole entrance of the building at 7:50am and go to the cafeteria (for breakfast or in bad weather) or to the library (with a library pass). Students may access the rest of the building at 8:20am when the first bell rings. All students are expected to leave campus by 3:45pm, unless they are involved in a school-sponsored activity.

First period begins at 8:25am. Each class lasts 46 minutes. Students will have eight (8) classes each day and will have four (4) minutes to get from one class to another.
On Wednesday, students attend their odd number classes.
On Thursday, students attend their even number classes.
ACES (Academics, Curriculum, Enrichment, and Support) is our 6th period class. During ACES, students will participate in Character Education lessons, enrichment/intervention activities, silent reading, service projects, and Wellness activities.
BuildingMain Wing: offices, cafeteria, gyms, library, nurse's clinic
Electives Wing / Fine Arts Wing: 600 & 700 classrooms
Core Academics Wing: 100, 200, 300, 400 & 500 classrooms
Extracurricular ActivitiesChess Club, Math Counts (Math Club), Book Club, Football, Volleyball, Girls and Boys Basketball, Girls and Boys Soccer, Girls and Boys Track, Golf, Tennis, Orchestra, Band, Jazz Band, Cheerleading, Pep Squad, Choir, Dance, Production Theater, Yearbook Staff, Newspaper Staff, National Junior Honor Society and Student Council, and Philosophy Club.
MealsHealthy, nutritious meals are provided by AISD Nutrition and Food Services. Student lunch costs $2.85 and breakfast costs $1.50. Sack lunches may be brought from home (no glass containers please). Water may be purchased from our vending machines. Money for student lunch accounts can be pre-paid at any time, in any amount (cash only) with the cafeteria staff in the morning, or by using myschoolbucks.com. Parents / guardians may apply for free or reduced cost meals for students.
Bus ScheduleParents are advised to check the AISD web site for current bus schedules and routes. Additionally, parents may contact AISD Transportation at the following numbers: North Terminal: 512-414-6520; South Terminal: 512-414-8500. Buses drop off and pick up students on the east side of the O. Henry campus on Wayside Drive.
Student Drop Off / Pick Up:Non-bus student drop off and pick up activity should occur in front of the school on Tenth Street. Please remind your student(s) to look both ways before crossing the street as there is no crosswalk on 10th Street.
Student Medical Needs:If your student requires medication, you must bring that medicine to the nurse's clinic along with an appropriate note as to its use and distribution. Students must request a pass from their teacher before coming to the nurse's clinic. Students are not allowed to go to the nurse's clinic between classes unless it is an emergency.
MessagesPlease contact the front office to leave messages for your student. Please limit messages to EMERGENCIES only. The receptionist can be reached at 512-414-3229.

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2610 West 10th Street, Austin, TX 78703 / 512-414-3229