Meyerland is one of HISD's premiere middle schools
The school is dedicated to providing a quality education to every student through an intensive core curriculum utilizing Dual-Language, Gifted and Talented, and Pre-AP classes.These programs are complemented with challenging fine arts specialty courses in Art, Band, Broadcast Journalism, Choir, Dance, Guitar, Creative Writing, Mariachi, Orchestra, Piano, and Theater Arts, through the nationally recognized Performing and Visual Arts Magnet Program.Mission StatementMeyerland Middle School is a safe, caring, and respectful learning community where each person is challenged to succeed in life.MottoSafety, Respect, ResponsibilityColorsPurple and GrayMascotGreyhound
The early twentieth century saw the rapid change in Houston from a sleepy antebellum town to a thriving, bustling port city. By the 1920's, Houston had become the nation's leading exporter of cotton. Along with this growth came increased population and greater demand for schools. Originally called Johnston Junior High, the school opened in 1926 on a ten acre wooded block of land. Initially 652 pupils were taught by 20 faculty members in 32 classrooms. The first principal was Mr. Moreland, who would later become Superintendent of Schools for all of Houston. Population pressures developed during post World War II "baby boom" which led to the construction of more schools, primarily in the outlying suburbs.
A new Johnston Middle School opened on September 1959 to service the Meyerland/Westbury area of southwest Houston. "Old" Johnston became Miller Junior High and the new building took the former's name, school song, colors and mascot.
As was the case in "Old" Johnston, a reputation of winning followed the other "New" Johnston. Some of Johnston's greatest successes have been in the Fine Arts. Music has always been an integral part of the school and can still be heard throughout the building.
In 1985, Johnston became a magnet school for the performing arts. Magnet courses include beginning, intermediate and advanced art, broadcast journalism, theater arts, dance, band, jazz band, choral music, orchestra, guitar, piano, mariachi, and creative writing. All the groups have won city state and national honors.
In 1991, Johnston Middle School was chosen by Governor Ann Richards as a school of excellence. To qualify, Johnston students had to score in the top five percent in standardized tests given to all Texas middle school students. Students continue to build upon this legacy of success.In 2010, the US Department of Education named Johnston a Blue Ribbon School. This award is the highest honor an American school (whether public or private) can achieve.In 2016, Johnston's name was changed to Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School to better reflect our school's community.