History

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 (illustration below);
Illustration of the original Kinkaid School on San Jacinto and Elgin

the second location was at the corner of Richmond and Graustark (photo below);
Kinkaid Richmond Campus

and, in the fall of 1957, the School moved to its present forty acre campus in Piney Point Village (photo below).
Current Campus

In the history of the School, Kinkaid has had five headmasters. They are listed below.

Margaret Hunter Kinkaid 1906-1951
John Cooper 1951-1979
Glenn Ballard
1979-1996
Don North
1996-2013 
Andy Martire 2013-present

John Cooper's 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 today's school.

Under Glenn Ballard's 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.

With Don North as its head, Kinkaid had 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 him.

Upon the retirement of Don North in 2013, Andrew D. Martire was appointed Kinkaid’s fifth Headmaster.  A graduate of Princeton University, John Hopkins University, and the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Martire came to Kinkaid from Baltimore, Maryland, where he was Headmaster at the Calvert School.

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