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Houston private school reveals plans for 11-acre prime plot




More than two years ago, St. Thomas High School purchased an 11-acre tract of land adjacent from the school from Houston Independent School District for $66 million. Plans for the land off Memorial and Shepherd have finally been revealed.


Currently, HISD's High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice campus sits on the land. St. Thomas will renovate those buildings and convert the school's indoor shooting range into a wrestling room and the school's library into a student center, Mark deTranaltes, vice president for advancement at St. Thomas, told the Houston Business Journal. The newly renovated campus will be dubbed the Jane and Bill Joplin Campus, to honor the St. Thomas alum who donated $6 million to fund the land purchase.


St. Thomas will also utilize the high school's auditorium, which can occupy more than 630 students, and convert its cafeteria into a weight training room. The HISD school also includes a natatorium, a regulation-size practice basketball gym and locker rooms. St. Thomas will relocate its baseball field to a separate portion of campus and add two new practice fields.


Houston-based Kirksey Architecture designed the renovations. St. Thomas is now in the midst of a $12 million capital campaign to fund renovations and field installations and has raised just under $3 million, deTranaltes said.



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