Barbara Jordan High School

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Coordinates: 29°48′43″N 95°19′57″W / 29.8119°N 95.3325°W / 29.8119; -95.3325

Barbara Jordan High School for Careers

Barbara Jordan High School for Careers is a public secondary school located at 5800 Eastex Freeway (U.S. Highway 59) in Houston, Texas, United States.

Jordan serves grades 9 through 12 and is a part of the Houston Independent School District.

Jordan has two magnet programs: a program for pupils who will enter the workforce after graduation for high school, and a program for high school-aged deaf pupils.

The school was named after Barbara Jordan.

Jordan does not automatically take in students from the surrounding neighborhoods: those students are zoned to either Kashmere High School or Davis High School.

Some students in other parts of Houston ISD transfer to Jordan to escape home schools that do not have a good academic performance, causing the attendance figures of those schools to suffer. [1]

History[edit]

Barbara Jordan High School was originally Houston Technical Institute up until 1979. Houston Technical Institute split its job oriented magnet program between two schools, Milby High School and Barbara Jordan High School For Careers (original name). The 1979/80 class was the last graduating class of Houston Technical Institute. The 1980/81 class was the first graduating class of Barbara Jordan High School For Careers.[citation needed]

During the 1984-1985 school year, the percentages of Fs at 23 of 26 HISD high school campuses decreased in the spring semester because of the state-implemented No Pass No Play rule, which requires students in high school athletic programs to attain passing grades. At Jordan and Sterling High School, the percentages of Fs remained the same.[1]

In 2011 Andria Schur, the principal of Barbara Jordan, said that she was closing the auto-collision program at Jordan at the end of the 2010-2011 school year. Schur said that this was due to state budget cuts and because the school was "trying to shift to more 21st-century jobs." Schur suggested that students in the program instead enroll in Advanced Placement courses in art history and studio art.[2] According to Mr. Gonzales, the teacher of the auto-collision program, if the program is eliminated, there will be no schools in HISD that will offer it.[3] Gayle Fallon, the president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, said that HISD was trying to push the vocational programs into the domain of Houston Community College.[2] Gonzales and some of his students attended an HISD board meeting, asking the board to make the steps to have the program saved.[4] As of 2011 the school continues to offer automobile collision/repair courses.[5]

Student body[edit]

During the 2004-2005 school year, Jordan had a total of 1,261 students [2].

79% of the students qualified for free or reduced lunch.

School uniforms[edit]

Students are required to wear school uniforms [3].

Before Jordan[edit]

Jordan has no formal feeder patterns as it is a magnet school.

Most of the deaf students originate from the T. H. Rogers School, since that school has the deaf programs for Kindergarten through 8th grade.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hunt, Dianna. "Fewer failing grades since start of no-pass rule." Houston Chronicle. Saturday June 29, 1985. Section 1, Page 22. Retrieved on December 8, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Downing, Margaret. "Efficiences." Houston Press. Wednesday April 13, 2011. 1. Retrieved on April 28, 2011.
  3. ^ Downing, Margaret. "Efficiences." Houston Press. Wednesday April 13, 2011. 2. Retrieved on April 28, 2011.
  4. ^ Downing, Margaret. "It's 'Big Girl, Big Boy Time,' HISD's Paula Harris Says." Houston Press. Friday April 15, 2011. Retrieved on May 4, 2011.
  5. ^ "Careers: Automotive Collision and Repair." Barbara Jordan High School. Retrieved on November 14, 2011.

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