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WATCH: A Brief History: The Original Jack Yates Colored High

The school first opened in 1926


The structure of one of Houston’s oldest educational buildings still stands in the Third Ward.

What is now Baylor College of Medicine Academy at James D. Ryan Middle School was once the original Jack Yates Colored High School. Watch the video above to learn more about its history.

The school was also the site of the 2018 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee. You can catch it Saturday, April 14 at 3:30 p.m. to Houston Public Media TV 8. It will also be streaming on