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According to the Houston Architectural Guide, Lamar High School was designed by John F. Staub and Kenneth Franzheim (with Louis A. Glover, Lamar Q. Cato, and Harry D. Payne). The Texas Map is by Nino Lenarduzzi.

Thank You So Much! Do they have a website?

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Lamar HS was also in the movie "Sidekicks" and was the site for the greatly underrated and now nearly forgotten horror spoof "Student Bodies" (1981) I believe at one point in Student Bodies they showed a sign with the "R" clumsily altered to a "B"; the name of the school in the film was therefore "Lamab HS."

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Lamar HS was also in the movie "Sidekicks" and was the site for the greatly underrated and now nearly forgotten horror spoof "Student Bodies" (1981) I believe at one point in Student Bodies they showed a sign with the "R" clumsily altered to a "B"; the name of the school in the film was therefore "Lamab HS."

Really? I never heard of that.

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http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=...&id=5756614

Larry Paul Newton, a mentally ill homeless man, attacked a girl named Catherine Sullivan at Lamar High School's front lawn.

Sullivan survived the attack, and Newton was arrested. Sullivan had stitches after the attack.

Will this lead to controls on homeless?

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On campus security should have been there faster.

How? It happened on the front lawn near the street, in River Oaks of all places.

Now HISD is bragging how the passed bond will allow them to fence off the school, along with others. Can you imagine that they will have to fence a school off in River Oaks?

Maybe they can fence it off and have HISD police with K-9 dogs patrol the perimeter. My, how this is starting to remind me of all the added security at airports post 9|11.

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Now HISD is bragging how the passed bond will allow them to fence off the school, along with others. Can you imagine that they will have to fence a school off in River Oaks?

River Oaks ES was fenced some time ago... I remember when it wasn't fenced.

EDIT: Isaiah Carey made a blog about the Newton attack: http://carey2.blogspot.com/2007/11/should-...to-address.html

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What a delightfully American solution to the problem of mental illness.

Give them enough time & money and it will happen. They were quick to brag about how the successful bond election will bring fencing to courtyards that never had it (or needed in my opinion).

We keep building more walls & fences.

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Ronnie Veselka HISD spokeman at Neartown Community meeting this morning. He said HISD will tear down all of Lamar High School except the relief sculpture over the auditorium and build a whole new building. Lamar was built in 1937 to accommodate 2200 students but has enrollment of 3200----the new building will be built to accommodate 3100 students.

Interestingly, the Carnegie Van Guard and Reagan High School were offered as examples of building and renovating by HISD and how well they turned out. But when It was brought up that the same architect was used for both, community input was sought etcetcetc and would HISD be willing to go through similar steps with Lamar High and the other High Schools slated for demolition------he said the most important factor was getting everything built by 2020 PERIOD!

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I went to BHS in the 60s. personally participated in stealing the Redskin 2 yrs in a row before the big fball game. goes w/o saying I detest Lamar like the Aggies hate UT. but they should NOT tear down everything but the Tx limestone facade in front of the auditorium. the main building is classic!

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What is the significance of 2020?

No one asked---for me I guess my head was spinning that 38 schools would be demolished or renovated by 2020 with a payback cost (term bond) of 3.7 billion.

I hope someone might have some insight-----

One of my kids went to Lamar (grad 2008) All the buildings are pretty cool---especially the auditorium that has begun renovations through private funds.

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I think you may have misunderstood the presentation.

From the HISD blog regarding the plans:

The 2012 Capital Improvement Program will provide funding to preserve the architecturally significant structure [thel main building] by implementing major renovations that will reconfigure the interior to provide a more appropriate instructional environment that will meet or exceed current standards. The remaining buildings will be replaced with new facilities and additional parking will be provided. Read the complete Parsons report.

http://blogs.houstonisd.org/2012bond/portfolio/detail/lamar-high-school/

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I think you may have misunderstood the presentation.

From the HISD blog regarding the plans:

The 2012 Capital Improvement Program will provide funding to preserve the architecturally significant structure [thel main building] by implementing major renovations that will reconfigure the interior to provide a more appropriate instructional environment that will meet or exceed current standards. The remaining buildings will be replaced with new facilities and additional parking will be provided. Read the complete Parsons report.

http://blogs.houston...ar-high-school/

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm maybe I was in a fog the entire meeting but it really sounded as if the spokesperson said the words-- only the facade will remain and the rest will be new----the blog may say one thing but Veselka came out of retirement to be the spokesperson to answer questions like those posed at this community meeting-- when he (Veselka) said only the facade will remain-- It caught my attention. It caught the attention of the people at my table, who spoke about their disapointment that only the facade will be saved.

The foyer of the Auditorium is unique (the inside is charming also--Yes it needs updating but not demolition) reflecting the period it was built in--I like it and think it should be saved-- So I was listening for reassurances-- He didn't point out the entire building would be saved. Plus I was troubled by his lack of enthusiam ( as HISD spokesperson) concerning retaining the right type of architect to get the type of results like those at Reagan and Carnegie Vanguard.

I attended all of the meetings when Lamar was developing it's MasterPlan and was part of the Charette it held. I got to hear what the surrounding community wanted for Lamar. I'm not sure that was reflected in what HISD has planned for Lamar.

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Its sometimes cheaper to demolish a school rather than renovating it. I have seen school built as late as the 70s demolished for this reason. In the case of Lamar I think HISD should spend any extra money to save the original building. There is too much history with this building not to.

I found a video of a student filming through the halls of the school. While this may be a newer addition the school looks to be in pretty good shape. Demolishing this part would be a waste.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Hz1jCcWUM08

BTW if this is the same Lamar we're talking about. I would go to this school any day now over some others north of Downtown.

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Reagan, Milby and Lamar were approved in a single bond election. Reagan and Milby were built as carbon copies, while Lamar, being situated at the foot of River Oaks Blvd, was designed to appear more upscale.

I've heard the current bond election radio commercial spots stating that some of the HISD buildings "date back to the depression". For god's sake we can't educate our children in buildings that old!

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Reagan, Milby and Lamar were approved in a single bond election. Reagan and Milby were built as carbon copies, while Lamar, being situated at the foot of River Oaks Blvd, was designed to appear more upscale.

I've heard the current bond election radio commercial spots stating that some of the HISD buildings "date back to the depression". For god's sake we can't educate our children in buildings that old!

I don't think the age of the building is the problem.

Lamar seems to be doing a fairly good job in the education department within it's historical building. It has the largest IB (International Baccalaureate) in the world! hmmmmmmmmmm having the largest IB = a good thing might be a different question-- still Lamar does a commendable job with this endeavor. Lamar racks up as just about as many National Merit Scholars as any other HISD High School.Schools.

My kid graduated in 2008-- I volunteered at the school weekly. The building didn't seem to be a huge problem but overcrowding was. The principal at Lamar tried to get the magnet program moved out of Lamar to help with overcrowding----all the parents with kids in that program refused to have that even considered. Personally I liked the idea floated around in 2006 to make the old HSPVA a 9th grade center for Lamar when HSPVA built their new school at Grey & Taft. Neither of those things happened. Overcrowding continues. It worries me that Lamar has 3200 student currently and the proposed building will be built to have 3100.

I'm not sure enrollment in Lamar will decrease by 2020.

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The new Lamar HS building: 

 

http://blogs.houstonisd.org/news/2016/05/12/lamar-hs-construction-plans-focus-on-facilitating-new-instructional-model/

 

The plan is to keep the Art Deco north building, build a new 5-story building on the east side of campus, and then tear the east and west buildings along with the natatorium down to clear the way for athletic fields.

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Seems like the "neighborhoods" of 200 students all basically working in what amounts to a cubicle farm really seems like it could limit specialized elective classes or the slight variations in where everyone should be in terms of math and social studies (or whatever). I'd be willing to bet that said "cubicle farms" could remodel back into regular classrooms if the project is a disaster.

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  • The title was changed to Lamar High School At 3325 Westheimer Rd.

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