Furr High School

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Ebbert L. Furr High School
FurrHighSchoolHouston.JPG
Address
520 Mercury Dr.
Houston, Texas, 77013
United States
Information
Type Public
School district Houston Independent School District
Principal Bertie Simmons
Grades 9-12
Information (713) 675-1118
Website

Coordinates: 29°46′46″N 95°14′54″W / 29.77944°N 95.24833°W / 29.77944; -95.24833

Ebbert L. Furr High School is a secondary school located in Houston, Texas, United States.

Furr, which serves grades 9 through 12, is a part of the Houston Independent School District.

Furr is adjacent to Hermann Brown Park and the Songwood subdivision.[1]

Furr is home to the META (Mindful Exploration of Technology and the Arts) Magnet Program; prior to 2007 Furr hosted an international studies magnet program.

The HISD charter school REACH Charter is located at Furr.[2]

History[edit]

The district broke ground for the Furr building in 1960; the campus opened in fall 1961.[3] The school was named after Ebbert L. Furr, a landholder who owned the land that Furr High School is located on.[4]

Prior to 1997 residents zoned to Furr also had the option to attend Austin and Milby high schools; in 1997 the school district canceled the option.[5] Before 2000, Furr High School had a larger attendance boundary than it does as of 2010.[6] After the 2000 opening of Chávez High School, portions of the former Furr boundary were reassigned to Austin and Milby high schools.[7][8]

After 2002, the Furr high school yearbook was discontinued. The final printing had a financial loss of around $3,000.[9]

In 2003 a riot occurred at Furr. While many assistant principals wanted to send the 42 involved children to CEP, a disciplinary school, Bertie Simmons, principal of Furr, called them into her office to have a discussion. The students said that they did not believe that the September 11 attacks occurred, and that they believed the authorities were trying to deceive them. Simmons told them that she would take them to New York City in the June following that school year if the school remained at peace. After the school term completed, the students traveled to New York City.[10]

In 2010 Simmons was ranked as the 2010 Houston Press best school principal.[11]

Academics[edit]

Because many students take the school bus to Furr, tutorials are held during the school day instead of after school.[12]

Student body[edit]

In 2003 Furr had 1,400 students. As of 2010, almost all of the students at Furr do not live in the surrounding immediate neighborhood.[10]

School uniforms[edit]

Furr requires its students to wear school uniforms. Bertie Simmons, the principal, said that the school adopted uniforms because the school had fifteen known gangs that had a presence there.[10]

Neighborhoods served by Furr[edit]

Furr serves[13] several Houston neighborhoods in eastern Houston inside and outside the 610 Loop, including Clinton Park, Pleasantville, Port Houston, Songwood Homes,[4] Oates Prairie and Northshore-area neighborhoods north of Market Street and west of the Greens Bayou. The school also serves the Houston ISD portion of Jacinto City.

Prior to 2000 Furr served portions of the East End, including much of Magnolia Park.[6]

Feeder patterns[edit]

The following elementary schools feed into Furr:[13]

One middle school, Holland Middle School, feeds into Furr.[20]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Paula Arnold - Former Houston ISD board member and cofounder of Arnold & Langrand Communications[21]
  • Carolyn Campbell - Reporter for Houston's CBS Channel 11 (KHOU-TV)[21]
  • Specialist Pedro Antonio Maldonaldo, class of 2007, killed by small arms fire in Afghanistan on 29 October 2010.[22]
  • Anthony Young - Professional baseball player who played for the New York Mets, Houston Astros, and Cleveland Indians[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Russell, Rucks. "East Houston residents blame park, truant students for rash of burglaries." KHOU-TV. Thursday May 1, 2008. Retrieved on November 14, 2011.
  2. ^ Downing, Margaret. "Homeless High." Houston Press. Wednesday June 2, 2010. 1. Retrieved on December 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "History." Furr High School. Accessed October 11, 2008.
  4. ^ a b "School Histories: the Stories Behind the Names." Houston Independent School District. Accessed September 24, 2008.
  5. ^ "1996-1997 HISD ATTENDANCE BOUNDARIES," Houston Independent School District. June 30, 1997. Retrieved on December 13, 2010. "CANCEL the options for students in the East End to attend Austin or Milby from Furr"
  6. ^ a b "High Schools." Houston Independent School District. April 13, 2002. Retrieved on May 6, 2009.
  7. ^ "Austin High School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on December 13, 2010.
  8. ^ "Milby High School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on December 13, 2010.
  9. ^ Viren, Sarah. "Yearbooks vanish from Houston schools in Facebook era." Houston Chronicle. Tuesday May 13, 2008. Retrieved on October 25, 2011.
  10. ^ a b c Downing, Margaret. "Homeless High." Houston Press. Wednesday June 2, 2010. 2. Retrieved on December 7, 2011.
  11. ^ "Best Principal - 2010 Bertie Simmons." Houston Press. Retrieved on December 13, 2010.
  12. ^ Downing, Margaret. "Homeless High." Houston Press. Wednesday June 2, 2010. 4. Retrieved on December 7, 2011.
  13. ^ a b "Furr High School Attendance Zone," Houston Independent School District
  14. ^ "Port Houston Elementary Attendance Zone," Houston Independent School District. Accessed October 11, 2008.
  15. ^ "R. P. Harris Elementary Attendance Zone," Houston Independent School District. Accessed October 11, 2008.
  16. ^ "Oates Elementary Attendance Zone," Houston Independent School District. Accessed October 11, 2008.
  17. ^ "Pleasantville Elementary Attendance Zone," Houston Independent School District. Accessed October 11, 2008.
  18. ^ "Robinson Elementary Attendance Zone," Houston Independent School District. Accessed October 11, 2008.
  19. ^ "Whittier Elementary Attendance Zone," Houston Independent School District. Accessed October 11, 2008.
  20. ^ "Holland Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Accessed October 11, 2008.
  21. ^ a b c "Distinguished HISD Alumni," Houston Independent School District
  22. ^ http://freedomremembered.com/index.php/category/army/page/2/

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