Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
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|Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts|
New downtown HSPVA campus
790 Austin Street, Houston, TX 77002
|Type||Public Arts Magnet High School|
|School district||Houston Independent School District|
|Principal||Dr. R. Scott Allen|
Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (Kinder HSPVA, HSPVA or PVA) is a secondary school located at 790 Austin Street in the downtown district of Houston, Texas. The school is a part of the Houston Independent School District.
The school educates grades nine through twelve. The school is divided into six departments: instrumental music, vocal music, dance, theater (including technical theater), visual arts, and creative writing.
HSPVA was placed as the top school in the Greater Houston Area by Children at Risk's 2009 annual ranking of high schools, and it has continued to be ranked as an "A" grade or higher by Children at Risk. Since 2003, HSPVA has had eight students named US Presidential Scholars in the Arts (Presidential Scholars Program) by the US Department of Education as selected by the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts).
There are six art areas: vocal music, instrumental music, dance, theatre, visual art, and creative writing. There are subdivisions within some of these art areas. Instrumental Music breaks down into band, orchestra, jazz, mariachi, and piano. Theatre breaks down into musical theatre, acting, and technical theatre.
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HSPVA was established in 1971.
HISD chose Ruth Denney as the school's founding director. The district asked Denney to choose between three potential sites: W. D. Cleveland Elementary School, Montrose Elementary School, and the former Temple Beth Israel building. After touring them, Denney selected the temple building and in May 1971 the final plans for HSPVA were presented to the school board.
The school moved to 4001 Stanford Street, the site of the former Montrose Elementary School, in 1982.
Plans existed for a new HSPVA building to be located near the Gregory-Lincoln Education Center in Houston's Freedmen's Town Historical District in the Fourth Ward. The new building would have included a 2000+ seat state-of-the-art theater, updated facilities and possibly a recording studio. Construction was temporarily delayed due to the discovery of a possible American Civil War-era cemetery. In June 2007, the project page for the building displayed "CANCELLED." The site that was to have the new HSPVA instead has the new Carnegie Vanguard High School.
On October 13, 2016, the Houston Independent School District Board of Trustees voted 7 to 2 to accept a naming rights contract from the Kinder Foundation for a $7.5 million for capital improvements to the new facility. The school's name will become Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts when the school moves to the new downtown location. The Kinder funds provide primarily upgrades to theater equipment and some performance spaces, such as outfitting the mini-theater.
One HISD board member, Jolanda Jones, spoke against the deal, arguing that it was selling out the rights to name a school and that HISD was not giving attention to the non-specialty schools in the district. Jones and Diana Davila were the only board members to vote against the deal. Most speakers at the board meeting, including community members and HSPVA students and parents, supported the deal (17 speakers in favor, 11 against).
In April 2017, in response to a petition asking the Kinders to give the name back, Richard Kinder wrote to the superintendent of Houston Independent School District. Citing negative controversy, he offered to release the naming rights, but did not suggest or request the school's name be restored.  By contract, the name change will be effective when the new downtown school building is occupied. 
In January 2019, HSPVA moved from its Montrose campus to the downtown site at 790 Austin Street.
The demographics for the 2017 - 2018 school year are listed below.
|American Indian||<1 %|
|Two or More||3%|
As of 2017[update] Anglo white students made up less than 50% of the student body, and the three ZIP codes with the highest numbers of students in HSPVA included Meyerland, Montrose, and the West University areas. The HSPVA student body had a higher percentage of Anglo white students than that of HISD as a whole. That year 15% of the students were low income. HSPVA historically had higher rates of minority enrollment as it had affirmative action policies, but these policies were withdrawn after 1997.
A block in Downtown Houston is the new location for HSPVA. It formerly housed Sam Houston High School; at a later point the building housed the HISD headquarters. The building is five stories and 168,000 square feet (15,600 m2) in size, at a cost of $ $88.4 million.  Gensler Architects designed the building. Groundbreaking occurred on December 14, 2014.
The previous campus was in Montrose. As of 2014[update], many students practiced their creative arts in the school hallway due to the small size of the campus. Many Montrose-area residents attended performances even though they do not have children enrolled in the school. Students sometimes traveled to area cafes and restaurants after the official end of the school day but before additional rehearsals.
HSPVA has no actual feeder patterns. Since it is a magnet school it takes students from all over HISD and, until recently, from districts outside of HISD.
HSPVA takes students from many HISD middle schools. In addition, some students who are enrolled in private schools in the 8th grade, such as St. Mark's Episcopal School, Presbyterian School, River Oaks Baptist School, John Paul II School, and Annunciation Orthodox School, choose to go to HSPVA for high school.
- Jay Alexander (magician mentalist)
- Lisa Hartman Black (actress)
- Kevin Cahoon (Broadway Performer)
- Susan Choi (novelist)
- Tamarie Cooper (Playwright and Performer)
- Bryan-Michael Cox (Grammy Award-winning songwriter/record producer)
- Chris Dave (drummer)
- Ryan Delahoussaye (member of the rock band Blue October)
- Brett Deubner (Violist)
- Mireille Enos (Actress)
- Michelle Forbes (Actress)
- James Francies (pianist and keyboardist)
- K. Todd Freeman (Stage Actor)
- Justin Furstenfeld (member of the rock band "Blue October")
- Robert Glasper (Jazz Musician)
- Bianna Golodryga (TV journalist)
- Chachi Gonzales (Dancer, Choreographer)
- John Gremillion (voice actor in anime films)
- Tim Guinee
- Eric Harland (Jazz Drummer)
- Everette Harp (Jazz musician)
- Sara Hickman (Singer and songwriter)
- Lance Hosey (Award-winning architect and author)
- Cheryl Kelley (Photorealist painter)
- Beyoncé Knowles (Grammy Award-winning musician)
- Major R. Johnson Finley ("MAJOR.")
- Ralphie May (Comedian)
- Adam Mayfield (An American actor, who has been portraying Scott Chandler on the ABC soap opera All My Children since April 2009.)
- Delandria Mills (Professional Flutist, Educator, & Novelist)
- Margarita Monet (founder of the band Edge Of Paradise)
- DeQuina Moore (Broadway Actress, Singer, Dancer)
- Jason Moran (jazz musician)
- Mike Moreno Jazz Guitarist
- Matt Mullenweg (Co-founder of WordPress)
- Renee O'Connor (Actress)
- Lovie Olivia (Multidisciplinary artist)
- Mark Payne (Emmy Award-winning makeup artist)
- Esteban Powell (Actor)
- Robh Ruppel (Illustrator)
- Kendrick Scott (Jazz musician)
- Ronen Segev (Classical Pianist)
- Mark Seliger (Photographer)
- Justin Simien (Filmmaker, Writer)
- Walter Smith III, (Jazz composer and Musician)
- Helen Sung (Professional musician)
- Jimmy Tsai (Independent filmmaker, author of Ping Pong Playa)
- Chris Walker (R&B Singer)
- Chandra Wilson (Emmy nominated Actress)
- Harris Wittels (Comedian, writer)
- Camille Zamora (Opera singer)
- Gwendolyn Zepeda (Poet)
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- High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (houston.isd.tenet.edu/hspva/) at the Wayback Machine (archive index) - 1998-2001
- On Shaky Grounds A Houston Press article about the problems with the proposed Fourth Ward site (later instead used for Carnegie)
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