Spelling Bee

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 HoustonPublicMedia.org.


Tomeka Weatherspoon

Tomeka Weatherspoon

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Tomeka Weatherspoon is an Emmy-award winning producer. She produces segments, the weekly television program Arts InSight, the short film showcase The Territory and a forthcoming digital series on innovation. Originally from the Midwest, Tomeka studied convergence journalism from the world’s first journalism school at the University of Missouri. She has...

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