New Life for Sam Houston High School

Houston’s third largest high school had to close its doors last week. But HISD Administrators hope to reopen it in the fall as two completely new schools. Laurie Johnson has more.

Sam Houston High School has been under academic probation for the past few years. The Texas Education Agency ordered its closure this year when the school was just shy of the passing rate on the TAKS math exam.

HISD Spokesman Terry Abbott says they plan to turn the facility into two new academies.

“One would be an academy for ninth-graders where they would get some really intensive study and they would be in a separate campus there on the same old site. And then the idea for the old Sam Houston High School is to turn it into a 10th, 11th and 12th grade academy for science, math and technology.”

The district was already contemplating both those ideas before the school was closed. And the 2,700 students who are already enrolled at Sam Houston can choose whether to join the new academy or transfer to a different school.

“That school is chock-full of kids who should be scientists and mathematicians and engineers and doctors. It is a matter for us as adults to unlock that desire in them and to give them the kind of teaching that will help to get them there.”

The HISD board will vote on the reassignment tonight. If they pass the measure, it will then have to be approved by the Texas Education Commissioner.

Laurie Johnson. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.


Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson


Laurie is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Laurie has covered a wide variety of topics for HPM, including the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and numerous elections. She is a frequent contributor to NPR and has been...

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