Channelview is a census-designated place (CDP) in the U.S. state of Texas within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area and Harris County. The population was 38,289 at the 2010 census. The Handbook of Texas describes Channelview as "an oil refinery suburb of metropolitan Houston."
Channelview, located at the point where the San Jacinto River forms the Old River, is south ofInterstate 10 and the Missouri Pacific Railroad and 15 miles (24 km) east of Downtown Houston.
Channelview was given its name since it is located on the northeastern curve of the Houston Ship Channel. The site of Channelview was home to Lorenzo de Zavala, one of the founding fathers of the Republic of Texas. During World War II the area south of Market to the Ship Channel, and what is now DeZavala St. to the tollway, was part of the U.S. Army Ordnance Depot.
Channelview was the site of a notable murder plot occurring in 1991. Wanda Webb Holloway was upset that her daughter, Shanna, had failed two consecutive years to make her junior high school's cheerleading squad. Holloway came to believe that the fault lay not with Shanna's inability to make the squad, but with Verna Heath, whose daughter, Amber Heath, was a main rival of Shanna's. Holloway asked Terry Harper, her former brother-in-law, to find a hit man to murder Verna Heath, hoping that Amber would be distraught and perform poorly in tryouts, thus allowing Shanna to make the squad. However, Harper notified authorities of the plot, and an undercover police officer arrested Holloway. Holloway argued that Harper was guilty of entrapment, saying that she never intended anyone to get killed. A jury sentenced Holloway to 15 years for attempted murder. The story was made into a 1993 HBO movie, The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom. Channelview is also home to Houston Astros pitcher Chris Sampson and former outfielder Glenn Wilson. Another famous athlete to come out of Channelview is former Chicago Bears (NFL) wide receiver Johnny Knox. He graduated class of 2005 from Channelview High School.
Most Channelview CDP residents are served by the Channelview Independent School District, which is headquartered in the CDP. Some residents are served by the Galena Park Independent School District, which is also headquartered in the Channelview CDP.
Channelview ISD operates schools within the CDP. The district has one pre-K campus, seven elementary schools (Harvey Brown, Crenshaw, DeZavala, Hamblen, McMullan, Schochler, and Cobb), two junior high schools (Alice Johnson Junior High School, and Anthony Aguirre Junior High School), L.W. Kolarik 9th Grade Center, and Channelview High School. In addition CISD operates the Endeavor High School of Choice, an alternative high school.
Sections of Channelview CDP in the Galena Park school district are zoned to schools outside of the Channelview CDP. The sections are divided between the attendance boundaries of Sam Houston Elementary School, and North Shore Elementary School, which are in theCloverleaf CDP. All residents are zoned to Cobb Elementary School, North Shore Middle School in the Cloverleaf CDP, and North Shore Senior High School with two campuses in the Cloverleaf CDP.
Harris County Precinct 2 operates the V.V. Ramsey Community Center and the M.L. Flukinger Community Center at 16003 Lorenzo Street. Also the Old River Terrace Park on Market St.