Heights High School
|Heights High School|
413 East 13th St. Houston, TX 77008
|Type||Public school (U.S.)|
|Principal Administrator||Wendy Hampton|
Heights High School, formerly John H. Reagan High School, is a senior high school located in the Houston Heights in Houston, Texas. It serves students in grades nine through twelve and is a part of the Houston Independent School District.
Heights High School is HISD's Magnet School of Computer Technology and offers the International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) Middle Years Program (till 10th grade) and twenty Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Students join one of the following academies: Computer Magnet Academy, Health Science Academy, Business Academy, Engineering and Design Academy, or Transportation Academy.
Houston Heights High School was first established for Heights residents in 1904, as an elementary through high school. Its initial site was lots 8-17 of Houston Heights Block 185, on what is now Milroy Park.
When the Heights joined the City of Houston in 1918, the building at the end of Heights Boulevard and 20th known today as Hamilton Middle School became the Senior High School, and the old location became a Junior High School. When the original building on Yale and 12th burned in 1924, a new location for the high school was picked in the block between Oxford and Arlington, 13th and 14th. The new school was named John H. Reagan High School and opened in 1926 with the student body and teachers marching down Heights Blvd from the old school building to the new high school on 13th Street. Reagan was built on the entirety of blocks 166 and 167.
The campus was designed by John Staub and William Ward Watkin, who were designers of the original campus of Rice University. Reagan was first established as an all-white high school.
Overcrowding at Reagan was relieved by Waltrip High School when Waltrip opened in 1959. Reagan was desegregated by 1970 and its student body started to become increasingly Hispanic; by 1988 Reagan was mostly Hispanic. In 1997 a portion of the Reagan boundary was rezoned to Waltrip.
In 2006 Reagan began a renovation project. Set to end in the summer of 2007, the renovations to Reagan included the building of a new cafeteria, a new gymnasium complex, an additional academic building, a new vocational building, and a library.
Circa 2006 Connie Berger became the principal of Reagan. In 2009 Berger expected around 100 former private school students to enroll because the economic conditions persuaded families to send their children to public school instead of private school.
The HISD board voted to rename the school to Heights High School in 2016. In June 2016 a group of eight Houston area residents, including alumni and parents, sued HISD to get an injunction to prevent the name changes; they did so after HISD did not accept their ultimatum to stop the name changes. Wayne Dolcefino serves as their spokesperson.
In 2006 Reagan began a renovation project that included the building of a new cafeteria, a new gymnasium complex, an additional academic building, a new vocational building, and a library. The school now also has an auditorium, a teaching theater, dance rooms, technology rooms, a piano lab, a choir/band hall, and a library with computers where the students can do research. It also has a two-story parking garage, an auto shop, and large track and field.
In 2012 Richard Connelly of the Houston Press ranked Reagan as the sixth most architecturally beautiful high school campus in Greater Houston. Connelly said that a coworker told him that Reagan looked like Rydell High School in Grease.
Health and Science Academy: classes and shadowing at health care facilities; seniors can work entry level health positions in partnership with Ben Taub Hospital. Business Academy: classes and hands-on experience. Magnet Academy for Computer Technology: options include audio/video production, computer programming and digital media/web technology. The school’s A/V program is the only authorized Apple training center in the Houston area, giving students the opportunity to earn certification in Apple Final Cut Pro video editing software. Engineering and Design Academy – Students participate in VEX and FIRST Robotics, and have access to a NAO Humanoid Robot for programming, Markerbots 3D printers and an Arduino electronics lab. Transportation Academy – Students study in specialized labs designed for automotive mechanics and repair. The program is certified by NATEF and students compete in SkillsUSA competitions. International Baccalaureate – (IB) – In 2013, Reagan became an official IB World School offering the Middle Years Programme (from 6th to 10th grade) in partnership with Hogg Middle School.
In 2006 the school had 1,600 students. In 2016 it had 2,340 students.
2014 was Reagan’s first year in the 6A Conference. The football team is cheered on by Bulldog Cheerleaders, the “redcoats”, and a marching band composed of about 140 students.
Neighborhoods served by the school
Reagan takes students from most of the Houston Heights neighborhood, a small portion of Downtown Houston, the Fourth Ward, East Norhill, Woodland Heights, Brooke Smith, Magnolia Grove, Stude the Old Sixth Ward, The Historic 1st Ward, and a small portion of Midtown. Other parts of Houston northwest of downtown within the 610 Loop are zoned to Heights as well. Originally, all of the Houston Heights was zoned to the school. In 1997, a small portion was rezoned to Waltrip.
The following Houston Housing Authority public housing complexes, all in the Fourth Ward, are zoned to Heights High: Historic Oaks of Allen Parkway Village, Historical Rental Initiative (30 single-family houses), and Victory Place.
Elementary schools that feed indirectly into Heights through the above middle schools include Browning Field Harvard (partial) Crockett Gregory-Lincoln Education Center Helms Jefferson Ketelsen (partial) Love Memorial (partial), and Travis (partial).
Magnet students must follow the HISD Magnet application process and may apply from all HISD areas.
- Red Adair, oil well firefighter
- Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics
- Val Belcher, former CFL All-Star
- Dr. Denton Cooley, heart surgeon
- Wayne Graham, professional baseball player Philadelphia Phillies, and New York Mets. Head Baseball Coach of the Rice University Owls
- Richard Haynes (lawyer), criminal defense attorney
- Larry Hovis, actor, notably in long running TV sitcom, "Hogans' Heroes"
- Raymond Knight, U.S. Army Air Corps
- Dan Rather, journalist
- Craig Reynolds, professional baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, and Houston Astros
- Martha Wong, former Texas state representative
- Gwendolyn Zepeda, author
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- Harris County Block Book Map Volume 20 Page 181. Houston Heights Block 185 (JPG and PDF). Marked as "High School". Milroy Park is marked as such in the Heights Index map (JPG and PDF).
- Harris County Block Book Maps. Volume 20: Houston Heights Index Map. Version 1 (PDF and JPG) and Version 2 (PDF and JPG). For specific blocks, see Volume 20, Pages 162-163: Houston Heights Block 166 (PDF and JPG) and 167 (PDF and JPG) which are marked as having all of those blocks go to the city government for a school.
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- "Reagan HS grad becomes Houston’s first poet laureate." Houston Independent School District. May 9, 2013. Retrieved on August 19, 2017.
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- Villareal, Mario and Claudia Macias. "A Historical Outlook of the Mexican American Population Growth at Reagan High School." History paper, fall 1994. In the possession of Professor Guadalupe San Miguel of the University of Houston. San Miguel cited the paper in his book, Brown, Not White: School Integration and the Chicano Movement in Houston.
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