San Jacinto High School (Houston)

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The San Jacinto Memorial Building in the Houston Community College Central Campus was formerly San Jacinto High School
The West Wing in the Houston Community College Central Campus was formerly the vocational building

San Jacinto High School was a secondary school located at 1300 Holman Street in Houston, Texas; now part of the Houston Community College Central College, Central Campus. San Jacinto High School was located in the area now known as Midtown.[1] It was a part of the Houston Independent School District (HISD).


The campus, built in 1914, initially housed South End Junior High School; it closed in 1926 when the high school opened.[2]

The school was established in 1926 after Central High School, which was located near Downtown Houston, was closed. From 1927 until 1934, the campus was also the first home to Houston Junior College, which eventually became the University of Houston.[citation needed]

Lamar High School opened in 1937, relieving San Jacinto.[3]

In 1962 a technical program was added to the campus.[citation needed] In 1966 HISD purchased a former Hebrew temple,[4] Temple Beth Israel,[5] that it began using as an annex for San Jacinto since its population was increasing. Elaine Clift Gore, the author of Talent Knows No Color: The History of an Arts Magnet High School, wrote that by fall 1969 San Jacinto's vocational program became "the premier HISD vocational high school".[4]

The school was renamed the Houston Technical Institute on June 1, 1971.[5] The neighborhood program ended in 1971, and the technical program was abolished in 1985. High School for the Performing and Visual Arts was housed at San Jacinto from 1971 to 1981. Houston Community College System purchased the school grounds. The San Jacinto Memorial Museum is on the school grounds.[citation needed]

In 2014, Skanska USA Building completed $35 million in work to update and restore the San Jacinto Memorial Building, which was originally built in phases between 1914 and 1936. Hidden, original windows were encountered during the demolition and restored/left in place as a design element. Other new elements were introduced including six 5,000-pound beams that have been installed to enable modern, column-free bathrooms, and an elevator tower, and four stair towers added to the rear of the building. In the auditorium, seating, plaster, and flooring were redone as well.


In 1969, 51.6% of San Jacinto's students were black and 48.4% were White. The figure for White students included non-Hispanic white students and Hispanics together. For several years prior to the 1970 desegregation, HISD had a policy stating that if a student wanted to take a vocational program not at his or her zoned school, he or she could transfer to another school that offered that program whether it was a "white" school or a "black" school.[4]

In 1937 there were five students of Mexican origin enrolled at San Jacinto.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  • Gore, Elaine Clift. Talent Knows No Color: The History of an Arts Magnet High School (Research in curriculum and instruction) Information Age Publishing, 2007. ISBN 1593117612, 9781593117610.


  1. ^ There are separate boundaries for the Midtown Super Neighborhood and the Midtown Management District. See City of Houston maps: Midtown Super Neighborhood and Management district map. Retrieved on June 4, 2019. - Also see: 2006 Midtown Management District Land Use Map and "SERVICE AND IMPROVEMENT PLAN AND ASSESSMENT PLAN FOR FISCAL YEARS 2015-2024." Midtown Houston Management District. Retrieved on April 4, 2009. Map on page 25/25 of the PDF.
  2. ^ Iracheta, Michelle (2014-09-06). "Houston notables gather for 100-year celebration of San Jac High". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  3. ^ Becker, Ann Dunphy and George Murray. Houston's River Oaks. Arcadia Publishing, April 29, 2013. p. 43. ISBN 1439642362, 9781439642368.
  4. ^ a b c Gore, p. 8.
  5. ^ a b Gore, p. 10.
  6. ^ San Miguel, Guadalupe. Brown, Not White: School Integration and the Chicano Movement in Houston (Volume 3 of University of Houston Series in Mexican American Studies, Sponsored by the Center for Mexican American Studies). Texas A&M University Press, October 26, 2005. ISBN 1585444936, 9781585444939. CITED: p. 219.
  7. ^ "UT-Austin Names New Sports Arena in Honor of Dr. Denton A. Cooley Archived 2006-09-14 at the Wayback Machine." Texas Medical Center. Retrieved on June 30, 2009.
  8. ^ "Proud Products of Texas Public Schools Archived 2006-06-30 at the Wayback Machine." Texas Association of School Boards. Retrieved on June 30, 2009.
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Distinguished HISD Alumni Archived 2012-05-15 at the Wayback Machine," Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on June 30, 2009.
  10. ^ "Rites Set for Developer, Banker James E. Lyon", Houston Chronicle, May 2, 1993
  11. ^ "Maxine Mesinger Papers, 1965-2001." University of Houston. Retrieved on November 20, 2011.
  12. ^ Texas Monthly: "Moore of the Same - Until" by Claire Poole October 1998
  13. ^ O'Hare, Peggy. "Houston's Storm led American Idol life in '30s Margie star who died at 87 won U.S. talent competition here Archived 2012-10-15 at the Wayback Machine." Tuesday June 30, 2009. B3. Retrieved on July 23, 2009.

Coordinates: 29°44′15″N 95°22′36″W / 29.737412°N 95.376577°W / 29.737412; -95.376577