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Calallen ( kal-AL-in) is a former town that existed until the 1960s. Today, Calallen is a suburb of Corpus Christi. It is located in Nueces County, in the Coastal Bend region of Texas. It is bound to the north by the Nueces River, which also marks the boundary between Nueces County and San Patricio County.


Calallen was named after Calvin Joseph Allen (1859–1922). It was a town before being annexed by Corpus Christi in 1966. It is home to the Calallen Wildcats.


  • Calallen Independent School District
    • Calallen High School (Grades 9-12)
    • Calallen Middle School (Grades 6-8)
    • Magee Intermediate School (under construction)

West Intermediate School (Grades 4th and 5th)

Calallen is known for having one of the most successful high school football programs in the South Texas region, making numerous deep playoff runs and making the state championship game in 2005 and 2016. The football program is led by head coach Phil Danaher, who has the most wins of any high school coach in Texas with 427 wins (as of 2016).


Corpus Christi is home to a major intersection point between Interstate 37 and U.S. Highway 77. Southbound Interstate 37 leads approximately 15 miles (24 km) into downtown Corpus Christi, while southbound U.S. Highway 77 leads 28 miles (45 km) to Kingsville, and eventually, 148 miles (238 km) south to Brownsville, in the Rio Grande Valley. U.S. Highway 77 is one of the two U.S. highways, along with U.S. Highway 281 in Three Rivers, that provides direct access to the Rio Grande Valley from Interstate 37. Many northbound U.S Highway 77 vehicles seeking the main city body would've turned eastward at Texas State Highway 44 in Robstown, as this is a shorter and faster route compared to turning eastward at Interstate 37. Northbound U.S Highway 77 vehicles seeking Padre Island and Corpus Christi's southeast suburbs would also rather take FM 665 eastward at Driscoll.

After the major intersection, Interstate 37 and U.S. Highway 77 travel about 2 miles north before leaving the city limits and entering San Patricio County. Almost immediately after crossing the Nueces River into the Odem zip code, the two highways split, with Interstate 37 heading northwest towards Mathis (18 miles/ 29 km) and eventually to San Antonio (126 miles/ 203 km), while U.S Highway 77 leads northeast towards Sinton (12 miles/ 19 km) and eventually to Victoria (80 miles/ 129 km).

Corpus Christi is also home to the eastern terminus of FM 624, which turns northwest towards Orange Grove (20 miles/ 32 km) and eventually 115 miles (185 km) to Cotulla .

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