Welcome to Katy, TX
“Small Town Charm with Big City Convenience.”
In the early 1800’s Katy was known as Cane Island, named after a creek that runs through the area. The creek was filled with tall cane believed to have been planted by either the Spanish explorers or the Karankawa Indians to aid in fur trapping. In 1986, James Oliver Thomas applied for a post office application naming the town Katy. The name was derived from the MKT Railroad Company which was commonly referred to as “K-T” which evolved into “Katy”. In 1900, the Great Galveston Hurricane destroyed all but 2 of the original homes in Katy. Despite this, the people of Katy rebuilt and continued to grow.
Katy now lies at the 3 border intersection of Harris, Fort Bend, and Waller Counties. The city has grown to a population of over 17,000 residents and continues to grow rapidly. Mass Transit, intercity busses, and even 5 privately owned airports help the city get around. The Katy Independent School District services the area. KISD schools located in the city are: Zelma Hutsell Elementary School, Katy Elementary School, WoodCreek Elementary School, Robert E. King Elementary, Diane Winborne Elementary, Katy Junior High School, WoodCreek Junior High School, Beckendorff Junior High School, Seven Lakes Junior High School, and Katy High School. Katy High School was established in 1898, and relocated to its present location in 1947. Katy ISD’s three alternative education schools (Martha Raines High School, Miller Career and Technology Center, and the Opportunity Awareness Center) are all located within the city.
Established in 1967, the Katy Police Department consists of sworn officers and civilian/communication employees. Included is a Criminal Investigation Division, Crime Prevention Officers, K-9 Partners trained in drug detection, tracking and criminal apprehension. The Department also has a Motorcycle Division and Animal Control Division. The current fleet consists of more than two dozen vehicles and all patrol vehicles are equipped with in-car video systems and mobile data terminals (MDT’s) which are in-car computers. The Department also utilizes a speed monitoring trailer (nicknamed “Katie”) that is capable of monitoring speed at a specified location while recording the data on a traffic analysis computer.