Milby High School

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Milby High School
Milby High School

Charles H. Milby High School is a public secondary school located at 1601 Broadway in the East End, Houston, Texas, with a ZIP code of 77012.[1] Milby, which serves grades 9 through 12, is a part of the Houston Independent School District.

Milby is located inside the 610 Loop in southeast Houston. Milby contains Houston ISD's Science Institute Magnet Program. As of 2014, the school's principal administrator is Roy de la Garza.

History[edit]

Milby began its life in March 1926, replacing the former Harrisburg High School, which was located several blocks south of Milby. Thirteen teachers and 212 students formed Milby's initial population. The $180,000 United States dollar campus had and still has a Romanesque exterior. Since its opening, Milby had various expansions and renovations. Originally a predominately non-Hispanic White school, Milby became mostly Hispanic as the population of the East End area increased.[2]

In September 1991, Milby was one of 32 HISD schools that had capped enrollments; in other words, the school was filled to capacity and excess students had to attend other schools.[3]

On November 14, 1991, 18-year old Francisco Contreras received four gunshot wounds in his feet and leg outside of the cafeteria at Milby. Police arrested a 16-year-old described by HISD officials as a "disturbed freshman."[4]

In December 1991 Milby was one of the largest high schools in Texas, with 3,617 students. Due to the overcrowding, by that month Houston ISD trustees approved a plan to open a new high school in September 1995 instead of in 1997.[5] By 1997 the new high school had not yet been constructed; area community leaders and parents anticipated the construction of César Chávez High School, as Austin and Milby were still overcrowded.[6] 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.[7]

In the fall of 2000, Chávez opened and took most of Milby's traditional neighborhoods. In turn Milby absorbed some students from Austin.[8] Areas that were zoned to Milby in 1998 were rezoned to Chávez.[9][10][11] In turn Milby absorbed attendance areas from Austin and Furr high schools.[9][10][12][13]

In 2007 Johns Hopkins University referred to Milby as a "dropout factory," where at least 40 percent of the entering freshman class does not make it to their senior year.[14] During that year, 20 percent of high schoolers zoned to Milby chose to attend a different Houston ISD school.[15]

A petroleum academy opened in Milby in fall 2008.[16][17]

Milby High School was one of the locations where the movie My Best Friend Is a Vampire was filmed in 1986. The school was renamed "Milton High School" in the movie. Many interior scenes, including scenes of the main character in his bedroom, were filmed inside the school and the school's exterior was used in the movie as well. Students at Milby were extras in many scenes, as the filming took place during school hours. After the movie was completed, the sign on the exterior of the school that had been in disrepair was replaced with a new one by the production company.[18]

Enrollment[edit]

Enrollment was 2,012 students for the 2012-13 school year.[19]

Campus[edit]

In 2012 Richard Connelly of the Houston Press ranked Milby as the fourth most architecturally beautiful high school campus in Greater Houston.[20]

Academics[edit]

Students from Milby and Austin High School who are taking computer-related courses that qualify them for an A+ certification in computer troubleshooting or an N+ certification in networking go to the Rudy C. Vara Center for Technology every other day.[21]

School uniform[edit]

Since 1999, Milby High School has had a school uniform policy.[22]

For the school year 2010-2011 the shirts must be collared and only white, same rule applies for undershirt.

Pants may only be khaki, no shorts.

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;[23] parents must specify "bona fide" reasons, such as religious reasons or philosophical objections.

Neighborhoods served by Milby[edit]

Several neighborhoods inside and outside the 610 Loop, including Harrisburg, Pecan Park, Pecan Park Place, Mason Park, Manchester, Pineview Place and most of Magnolia Park are located in Milby's attendance zone.[10]

Prior to the opening of Chávez, Milby served the communities of Park Place and Glenbrook Valley.[9]

Feeder patterns[edit]

The following elementary schools feed into Milby:[10] All of the attendance zone:

Some of the attendance zone

Portions of the attendance zones of Deady,[32] Edison,[33] and Stevenson[34] Middle Schools feed into Milby.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Map." East End Management District. Retrieved on March 8, 2010.
  2. ^ Berryhill, Michael. "The Unchanging Face of Milby." Houston Press. October 9, 1997. 2. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  3. ^ Markley, Melanie. "32 schools hit enrollment cap." Houston Chronicle. Thursday September 26, 1991. A17. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  4. ^ Asin, Stephanie and Melanie Markley. "Shooting at school fuels calls for more security." Houston Chronicle. Friday November 15, 1991. A1. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  5. ^ "News briefs." Houston Chronicle. Friday December 13, 1991. A34. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  6. ^ Rodriguez, Lori. "NEIGHBORLY NEEDS/Help for homeless touches raw nerve in the East End." Houston Chronicle. Sunday March 16, 1997. A1. Retrieved on April 25, 2009.
  7. ^ "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"
  8. ^ Berryhill, Michael. "The Unchanging Face of Milby." Houston Press. October 9, 1997. 7. Retrieved on April 25, 2009.
  9. ^ a b c "High Schools." Houston Independent School District. April 13, 2002. Retrieved on May 6, 2009.
  10. ^ a b c d "Milby High School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on December 12, 2010.
  11. ^ "Chavez High School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on December 13, 2010.
  12. ^ "Austin High School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on December 13, 2010.
  13. ^ "Furr High School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on December 13, 2010.
  14. ^ Scharrer, Gary. "Report points to 'dropout factories'." Houston Chronicle. November 7, 2007. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  15. ^ Radcliffe, Jennifer. "Critics: In HISD, too many don't go where zoned / Black leaders argue bond has no fix to get kids back to schools in their neighborhoods." Houston Chronicle. Sunday October 14, 2007. B1 MetFront. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  16. ^ "Houston ISD's Milby High blazes course for nation," Houston Chronicle, August 27, 2007.
  17. ^ Spivak, Todd. "College Immaterial for High School Students in Vocational Training." Houston Press. May 13, 2008. 1. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  18. ^ http://www.fast-rewind.com/locations_bestfriendvampire.htm
  19. ^ http://www.houstonisd.org/cms/lib2/TX01001591/Centricity/domain/21231/school_profiles/Milby_HS.pdf
  20. ^ Connelly, Richard. "The 7 Best-Looking High Schools in Houston." Houston Press. Tuesday May 22, 2012. 1. Retrieved on May 27, 2012.
  21. ^ Gabriel, Cindy. "Long-awaited Vara honor `perfect fit' / Austin, Milby technology center dedicated." Houston Chronicle. Thursday February 13, 2003. ThisWeek 1. Retrieved on December 13, 2012.
  22. ^ "Student Dress Code Policy." Milby High School.
  23. ^ "Uniforms." Texas Education Agency.
  24. ^ "Crespo Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  25. ^ "J. R. Harris Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on January 7, 2011.
  26. ^ "Briscoe Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  27. ^ "Dávila Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  28. ^ "De Zavala Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  29. ^ "Gallegos Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  30. ^ "Sanchez Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  31. ^ "Southmayd Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  32. ^ "Deady Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  33. ^ "Edison Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  34. ^ "Stevenson Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  35. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Distinguished HISD Alumni." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  36. ^ http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=145
  37. ^ Berryhill, Michael. "The Unchanging Face of Milby." Houston Press. October 9, 1997. 1. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  38. ^ Lomax, John Nova. "South Park Monster." Houston Press. June 6, 2002. 2. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  39. ^ "Donald Driver." NFL. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  40. ^ "Frank O. Mancuso." The Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
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