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Judge’s Ruling Allows Demolition Of The Old Wheatley High School To Resume

A ruling by a Houston judge allows the Houston Independent School District to demolish the old Wheatley High School. Some nearby residents were on hand to witness the end of the building, which some consider historic.


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Excavators tear into the old Wheatley High School.

Editor’s note: HISD’s statement was added on Dec 12, 2014 at 1:06 p.m. 


The sound of excavators tearing into Wheatley High School could be heard for blocks in the 5th Ward neighborhood. 

Resident Kathy Blueford-Daniels said the sight was almost unbearable.

“It’s heart breaking and heart wrenching and all of the adjectives that we want to use to describe how emotionally we feel right now,” said Blueford-Daniels.

The demolition of what was once one of the country’s largest African American high schools, resumed just hours after a judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by alumni and preservationists. Concern was raised over the way asbestos was being removed. But a consultant testified that the district followed the proper procedures.

Daniels said some of the contents were not removed.

“All of the beautiful fine detail, obviously that’s all rubble. You could even see desks and chairs that were still left in the building. So either way it goes, it’s still just a waste of money, because I’m sure that a lot of those items could have been re-used at some other facility,” said Daniels.

Resident Kathy Blueford-Daniels
Resident Kathy Blueford-Daniels points as excavators tearing into the old Wheatley High School.

The HISD is tearing down the building.

The Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men will take its place.


Statement from HISD: 

HISD is pleased with the judge’s decision and is ready to move forward with plans for voter-approved construction of a new state-of-the-art, 21st century learning facility that our students deserve. This new school building will be a source of pride not just for Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy, but for the entire community.

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