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  1. Just curious what happened to all the federal money the city has received for the restoration of this site.
  2. Lockmat discovered this development from a link that TheNiche posted in the "Dome over Houston" thread. Europa at Houstonian Lakes, a 500-acre master planned community. LandQuest development group (or L Star, they've recently partnered with Starwood development) is the developer. http://www.enzoinv.com/brochure/brochure.htm (pg. 20-23)
  3. I was looking at old schools near the Texas Medical Center and found a public school called Brays Bayou School located on Almeda Road by the old St. Anthony's House. A 1920's map indicates the location differently? Possibly I am misreading things? The map shows the school located on Griggs Road (present day Old Spanish Trail?) near Old Main Street Road. Almeda is a bit to the right. Anyone know the story here? Adele Jones was the school principal & teacher, at one point. The Houston Post 1915: Houston Independent School District Annual Reports, 1914 - 1915: Geological Survey (U.S.) Bellaire Quadrangle map, 1921:
  4. I was researching the different locations of the infamous Southland Elementary School. A map I found online has me and a few HAIF members confused. One map says a school near Brays Bayou was the Almeda School. Then another map says it was the Southland School. I wonder which is correct? @JLWM8609states this several years ago: Southland Elementary never closed down. It first opened in 1915 on Allegheny St. Another structure was built on Dixie Dr in 1949. It's address was changed from Dixie Dr. to Tampa St. in 1978 when a new wing was added, and it's name was changed to Ruby L. Thompson Elementary school in the 80's. It will be moving to a new facility at 6121 Tierwester for the Fall 2007 semester. There was a farewell ceremony today for the old facility, I attended it since I went to Thompson from 1992 to 1994. The school location for this topic could be on Allegheny Street? Then why does the map specify Brays Bayou near Fannin Street? My information came from the newspaper The Houston Post dated in the 1910s and 1920s. The map I found is dated 1920. Southland School to Get Books For Prize. Southland School, out near Pierce Junction, which won the prize offered by the Harris County Public library for the best collection of wild flowers will be awarded a set of five nature guides Monday Night. The prize was donated by the Out Door Nature club and will be presented at the closing exercises of the school. Southlands near George H. Hermann Park. Property high and well drained. Just south of Brays Bayou, where the Gulf breezes are unobstructed and where the cold Northers are shut off. The place to buy and build your home right now. The SOUTHLAND School is new and modern, and started the term with an enrollment of 30 children. Quick and dependable transportation is now in operation by Mr. John Dobbin; fare 5 cent. Lots 50x100 feet and larger, none smaller. Prices still low and terms so easy you will wonder how we can do it. Harris County Investment Company Binz Building - Houston, Texas George W. Graham, Sales Manager - Phone Preston 996 Contract awarded for the new school at Southland Terrace. As announced Thursday, the contract for the above school building to be erected in Southland Terrace and to be known as the Southland school, was awarded to James Shapley & sons, and its erection will be under the supervision of Lane & Dowdy, architects The building is of that general type, that has become so popular for school purpose, in that it has the high basement, which at any future time can be changed into classrooms. In the supper or main story, are three large class rooms; the two in the rear may be thorn together and used for the auditorium, the state and dressing rooms being build as permanent fixtures. each rom is provided with cloak room, heating apparatus for the winter and cold air ventilation for the warm weather. The school will be located on Block No. 42, Southland terrace, this entire block having been given by the Harris County Investment Company for this purpose. Those living in the vicinity of the Southlands are to be congratulated on this latest improvement, as it is a strong indication of the city's growth southward, and the development that will take place around George H. Hermann Park, this building being but a short distance from the east entrance of the park. Street Map of Houston 1920 - Showing Wards. . The incorrect map, Geological Survey (U.S.) Bellaire Quadrangle map, 1921, lists Southlands as Brays Bayou School (on Almeda Road.)
  5. I was reading the newspaper The Bellaire Citizen dated March 23, 1950 and came across a school listing for the Southland Elementary School located at 3535 Dixie Dr. The ad was for a religous meeting from minister E.C. Coffman of The Riverside Church of Christ. It goes on to say a "new" location of the Southland Elementary School. I know Southland Elementary (Now Thompson Elementary?) has been located at several locations around the South/Southwest/Southeast side of Houston. They can't seem to find a permanent location!
  6. I was reading the newspaper The Houston Post dated October 30, 1921 and noticed a public school on Westheimer Road called John Smith School. I then found a library item that has more details. 2503 Westheimer Houston Forum of Civics of River Oaks Garden Club. Built about 1880 until 1920 The John Smith School. Restored in 1927 by Will Hogg. A memorial since 1942 to Will and Mike Hogg. Gardens added in 1955. Open to public. I just looked on Google satellite. The River Oaks Garden Club Forum is still there! Do they own that whole parcel? Can't even imagine how much that RO parcel is worth!! I bet Hines or Hanover could build something tall here
  7. Old Braeswood POA sent out a notice for a meeting regarding construction of the new DeBakey High School in the medical center. Per the notice it will be built "on the site of the Hornberger Conference Center." I guess this means the last piece of the Shamrock is coming down? Construction is to begin later this year I looked around for some renderings and could only find something on the HISD blog: http://blogs.houstonisd.org/news/2014/06/03/video-highlights-how-design-is-shaping-up-for-new-debakey-high-school/
  8. Never knew about the BCM schools around town. Here's another one located in third ward. https://www.houstonisd.org/domain/40476 Students will have the opportunity to earn high school credits, explore pathways in health and biomedical science, and become ready for challenging high school academic programs.
  9. Awesome looking school. https://www.houstonisd.org/domain/46312 Vision Statement: Every student will engage in a rigorous and integrative health science curriculum guiding them to make innovative 21st century contributions. Mission Statement: In order to prepare students for the careers of tomorrow, we will provide them with engaging health science experiences through cooperative learning and technological integration.
  10. Hi, does anyone remember the following schools near the Heights? Cleveland Elementary, that was formerly on Jackson Hill. The original Ben Milam Elementary was on Center Street. Cleveland Elementary had a prime spot off of Memorial Parkway. After it was closed, it was part of HCC. It's been since torn down for apartments/condos. I attended there around 1965-1970. The architecture of the original Ben Milam struck me as kind of creepy as a kid. It was brick painted green, I believe and had a long series of steps on at least 3 sides of the school. Reminded me of a Mexican pyramid. The school was dark and creepy with wooden floors. The "basement" of the school was actually the ground floor. I believe the school was built around 1915. I think it was torn down in the '80s and rebuilt. Last year, it was closed down when HISD decided to merge it with Memorial Elementary. I attended this school around 1972-1976,
  11. Does anyone have any pictures of the Houston Gardens Elementary that is on Homestead Road from the 1960's or 70's?
  12. After years and years of back and forth between HISD, the architects, the school, and the community, this one finally broke ground in late March early April. This is a reconstruction of Bellaire's existing school. Originally part of the 2012 Bond referendum, this is anticipated to finally bring this massive bond to a close. Personally, I'm amazed this one ever got built. Lets just say this wasn't an easy project for those involved to develop, and there was a lot of chaos, but all of that aside the important thing is that its happening. Developer: HISD Architect: PBK Estimated Completion: 2021 (students will move back in), 2022 (final completion) Budget: $106,724,000 Article about groundbreaking (March 28th): https://blogs.houstonisd.org/news/2019/03/28/bellaire-hs-gathers-to-celebrate-start-of-construction-on-new-building/ Site Plan: Render (for some reason the only publicly avaiable render...is of the parking garage portion...oh well)
  13. Another replacement building for an HISD magnet school. http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/blog/breaking-ground/2014/10/a-look-inside-one-of-the-coolest-schools-on-the.html
  14. The old Johnston Middle School, JMS, was renamed to Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School a few years back. The school opened in 1959 making it 62 years old. Any word on a demolition and rebuild? Major remodel or renovations planned?
  15. Does anybody know who designed Mirabeau B. Lamar Sr. High School on Westheimer? Who carved the map of the State of Texas abpve the auditorium? Anyone have construction photos or old photos of Lamar?
  16. There is a proposed plan to create a new HSPVA campus downtown at 1300 Capitol. http://houston.culturemap.com/newsdetail/06-22-12-10-43-hisd-bond-with-a-brand-new-downtown-hspva-building/
  17. We are looking at HISD magnets and vanguards for our son for kindergarten next year. I toured Roberts and loved it, and have heard great reports from many friends with kids there. But it's nearly impossible to magnet into. I was also really impressed by Twain and Kolter, but I don't know anyone with kids there. Can anyone give me their impressions of or experience with these schools?
  18. Can't find a forum thread for this, and because there isn't a subforum for Near Northside I'm going to put it in The Heights for now @editor This is well into construction and per the calendar provided by HISD, it should be completed sometime early next year. This is a large expansion project + renovation/reuse of the existing building on campus. Northside High School was part of the 2012 Bond Referendum. Project link: https://www.houstonisd.org/Page/71972 Developer: HISD Architect: IBI Group Architects Estimated Completion: mid-2019 Budget: $46,764,000 Original Render: Latest Photos from HISD:
  19. The old DeBakey High School for Health Professions on Shenandoah St. is coming down. I suspect it might have something to do with the new UTHealth Psychiatric Hospital being built across the street from it. Perhaps it'll be the site of parking as the new hospital will displace a parking lot. This is the only photo I could find of the demolition process.
  20. I haven't grabbed any photos, but they have torn down most of the building that faces Lockwood. I suspect the rest isn't far behind. Temporary buildings have been up in the area across Lockwood that I guess will house students during the rebuild.
  21. According to the Houston Chronicle & other media sources, veteran HISD Trustee Diana Davila (who also served in the TX State Legislature in the 1990s), was named as the President of the much-maligned governance team & here's how it went out: HISD Board President: Diana Davila HISD Board 1st VP: Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca HISD Board 2nd VP: Elizabeth Santos HISD Board Secretary: Sergio Lira HISD Board Assistant Secretary: Sue Deigaard https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/Veteran-trustee-D-vila-chosen-president-of-13543298.php https://www.houstonpress.com/news/last-night-top-hisd-board-positions-go-to-hispanic-trustees-11194151 Let me know your thoughts on this developments as HISD is still searching for a permanent Superintendent. I think the odds are Lathan is NOT getting the job full-time.
  22. In case you've been living under a rock during the Christmas holiday break, TX Governor Greg Abbott (R), in a scathing tweet on Twitter, put Houston ISD's failed leadership on full-blast. He also slammed the district's leaders for "self-centered ineptitude" & rallied for the State on taking over the school district's Board of Trustees. I believe that Abbott's right on this one for obvious reasons: the recent ugly racially-polarized battle over the demotion of Houston ISD Interim Superintendent Dr. Grenita Latham in favor of former Houston ISD Superintendent Abe Saavedra from a few months ago(who recently left San Antonio ISD & refused to return to his old job in Houston due to the backlash) which spiraled out of control following racial divisions between the African American & Latino Houston ISD School Board members: later the Board of Trustees voted to keep Latham as the Interim Superintendent. State Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) is pushing legislation which could eliminate single-member district in favor of At-Large Districts including other measures. Like to know your thoughts on Abbott calling out Houston ISD & calling for statewide takeover of the State's largest school district ? https://www.texastribune.org/2019/01/03/texas-gov-greg-abbott-take-over-houston-isd/ https://abc13.com/education/gov-abbott-says-houston-isd-leadership-is-a-disaster/5011215/ A.) Love It B.) Hate It C.) TBD
  23. HISD School Board of Trustees voted last night to give Grenita Lathan the boot & brought back former HISD Superintendent Abe Saavedra to his old job. https://abc13.com/education/shake-up-saavedra-back-to-hisd-after-board-ousts-lathan/4464686/ Thoughts on the news ? A.) Love It B.) Hate It C.) Wait & See Approach
  24. I noticed that Jack Yates High School recently got a new Principal in Tiffany Guillory. The big question is whatever happened to Kenneth Davis ? If anybody who is an alumnus of Yates High School knows the situation. Let me know what happened ? https://www.houstonisd.org/Yates
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