Welcome to Tomball

After Tomball's second major boom after World War II people began to desire a more comfortable life, so the entire area saw a shift of Texans migrating from the "big city" to the countryside. In Tomball, people could escape some of the disagreeable qualities of the city, like high taxes, traffic, and crime, but still enjoy the closeness of jobs, culture, and entertainment. Residents in the "Sun Belt" experience affordable land and housing, nice weather, low taxes, and abundant job opportunities.


About Tomball

In the beginning Tomball was named Peck. In 1907 Peck was renamed Tomball in honor of the man responsible for routing the railroad and its operations through the small town. His name was Thomas Ball, a lawyer for the Trinity and Brazos Valley Railroad, a former congressman, practiced law in Houston, was three-time mayor of Huntsville, Texas and is known as the “Father of the Port of Houston”. In 1933 the Humble Oil Company struck oil southwest of town earning Tomball the nationally recognized nickname of “Oiltown USA”. Humble Oil Company, now known as Exxon, and more than 20 other energy companies worked the fields around the city for many years producing more than 100 million barrels of oil and 316 billion cubic feet of natural gas. In the decades to follow Tomball has continued to grow into an economically diverse and prosperous community near to the big city while retaining its small town history and hometown sensibilities.

State Highway 249, SH 249, the Tomball Parkway, Tomball Tollway or West Mount Houston Road is a generally north–south highway in Southeast Texas. The current northern terminus of the highway is in Pinehurst at the intersection of FM 1774 and FM 149. The Southern terminus is in North Houston at Interstate 45. The section of SH 249 north of its junction with Beltway 8 is referred to by area residents as the Tomball Parkway because it leads to and is the main road through Tomball. Along the east-west section between I-45 and West Montgomery, it is called West Mount Houston Road. West Mount Houston Road, however, actually extends east past the intersection of SH 249 at I-45.

City of Tomball

Tomball ISD

Tomball Independent School District is a highly regarded public school system with a reputation for excellence. It serves over 16,000 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 across 20 campuses. Tomball ISD takes pride in its progressive instructional programs and maintains a strong foundation of guiding principles, beliefs, and a visionary mission of the future. Tomball ISD encompasses 83 square miles in northwest Harris County and southwest Montgomery County, and is located 30 miles from downtown Houston. Tomball and its school district are unique because of their heritage, traditions, and hometown appeal. Parents choose Tomball ISD because of the district’s unwavering commitment to high student achievement characterized by quality instruction, equality of opportunities and resources, demonstrated results, strong parental involvement and community support. In Tomball ISD, we believe our students are leading in “Creating the Future!”

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