E. O. Smith Education Center

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Coordinates: 29°46′36″N 95°20′05″W / 29.7768°N 95.3346°W / 29.7768; -95.3346

E. O. Smith Education Center (now the Young Men's College Preparatory Academy)

Edward O. Smith Education Center was a combined primary and secondary school located at 1701 Bringhurst in the Fifth Ward, Houston, Texas, United States. Smith serves grades 1 through 8 and is a part of the Houston Independent School District.

By Spring 2011 Atherton Elementary School and E. O. Smith were consolidated with a new K-5 campus in the Atherton site.[1] The campus now houses the Young Men's College Preparatory Academy.

History[edit]

Carter Career Center, the former location of E. O. Smith

E. O. Smith Education Center opened in the former Wheatley High School/McGowen Elementary School building in 1950. The school was named after Professor Ernest Ollington Smith,[2] the first principal of Wheatley.[3] During the beginning of the 1979–1980 school year, E. O. Smith moved into its final facility.[2] Carter Career Center opened in the McGowen/Wheatley/Smith former building.[3]

In 2010, the Houston Independent School District Board of Education voted in favor of creating an all-boys academy, the Young Men's College Preparatory Academy. It is located at the current site of E. O. Smith.[4] The boys school was be modeled on Urban Prep Academies of Chicago, Illinois.[5]

Students formerly zoned to E. O. Smith Elementary School[6] were rezoned to Atherton,[7] Bruce,[8] Dogan,[9] Nat Q. Henderson,[10] Ross,[11] and Sherman.[12]

Students formerly zoned to E. O. Smith Middle School[13] were zoned to Fleming,[14] Gregory-Lincoln,[15] Jackson,[16] and McReynolds middle schools.[17]

Student body[edit]

During the 2006–2007 school year Smith's elementary division had 203 students while its middle school division had 412 students.[18][19]

Of the elementary school students:

No Native American students were enrolled. All of the students qualified for free or reduced lunch.

Of the middle school students:

  • 64% were African-American
  • 35% were Hispanic
  • 1% was Asian-American
  • Less than 1% was White American

No Native American students were enrolled. 99% of the students qualified for free or reduced lunch.

Neighborhoods served by Smith[edit]

Smith served much of the Fifth Ward area,[6][13] including portions of Frenchtown, for both elementary and middle school. The school served the Fifth Ward area, most of Downtown Houston, and a section of East Downtown for middle school.

Two Houston public housing complexes, Clayton Homes and Kelly Village, were zoned to Smith for middle school.

A Houston mixed-income housing complex, Kennedy Place, was zoned to Smith for middle school.

School uniforms[edit]

Smith students were required to wear school uniforms.[20]

Shirts were required to be green, blue, or white collared shirts.

Bottoms must be khaki or navy blue.

The Texas Education Agency specified that the parents and/or guardians of students zoned to a school with uniforms may apply for a waiver to opt out of the uniform policy so their children do not have to wear the uniform;[21] parents must specify "bona fide" reasons, such as religious reasons or philosophical objections.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Board Approves School Closings and Consolidations." Houston Independent School District. November 14, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "School History." E. O. Smith Education Center. Retrieved on November 10, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Berryhill, Michael. "What's Wrong With Wheatley?." Houston Press. April 17, 1997. 2. Retrieved on March 31, 2009.
  4. ^ "HISD board approves creation of all-boys academy." KHOU. December 9, 2010. Retrieved on December 9, 2010.
  5. ^ Mellon, Ericka. "HISD board OKs creation of a school just for boys." Houston Chronicle. December 10, 2010. Retrieved on December 10, 2010.
  6. ^ a b "E. O. Smith Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  7. ^ Atherton Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  8. ^ Bruce Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  9. ^ Dogan Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  10. ^ N. Q. Henderson Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  11. ^ Ross Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  12. ^ Sherman Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  13. ^ a b "E.O. Smith Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on January 21, 2009.
  14. ^ "Fleming Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  15. ^ "Gregory-Lincoln Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  16. ^ "Jackson Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  17. ^ "McReynolds Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  18. ^ "Edward Smith Elementary School" Profile. Houston Independent School District.
  19. ^ "Edward Smith Education Center" Profile. Houston Independent School District.
  20. ^ "Dress Code." E. O. Smith Education Center.
  21. ^ "Uniforms." Texas Education Agency.
  22. ^ "Distinguished HISD Alumni," Houston Independent School District

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