Austin High School (Houston, Texas)

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Stephen F. Austin High School
Address
1700 Dumble St.
Houston, Texas, 77023-3139
United States
Information
School typePublic high school
Established1936
School districtHouston Independent School District
PrincipalJorge Arredondo
Grades9-12
Enrollment1927[1]  (2012)
Color(s)               Green, White & Black
Athletics conferenceUIL Class AAAA
MascotMustangs
YearbookThe Corral
Website
 
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Stephen F. Austin High School
Address
1700 Dumble St.
Houston, Texas, 77023-3139
United States
Information
School typePublic high school
Established1936
School districtHouston Independent School District
PrincipalJorge Arredondo
Grades9-12
Enrollment1927[1]  (2012)
Color(s)               Green, White & Black
Athletics conferenceUIL Class AAAA
MascotMustangs
YearbookThe Corral
Website

Stephen F. Austin High School is a secondary school located at 1700 Dumble Street in Houston, Texas, United States. The school handles grades nine through twelve and is a part of the Houston Independent School District. In 2013, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.[2]

The school, named after Stephen F. Austin, is located in the Eastwood area in the East End. The neighborhood was developed in the 1920s, and the school's Art Deco architecture reflects this. The school has HISD's magnet program for Teaching Professions. The Port of Houston Maritime Academy will come to Austin High School in August 2009.[3]

The school is about 2 miles (3.2 km) southeast from Downtown Houston.[4]

History[edit]

Austin was first built in 1936.[5]

By 1989 the school had experienced issues related to student absenteeism and dropouts.[6] On Monday, October 16, 1989 two students, 16-year-old Alma Rincon and 18-year old-Cedric Smith watched an episode of 21 Jump Street about students who protest and walk out of school. The following day the two discussed the show during an American history class; Austin High School had a lack of textbooks and scheduling conflicts. The students decided that a protest could help change this. Before the walkout, the administration learned that there would be a walkout on Monday, October 23 and principal Otila Urbina warned students to not participate. The organizers tricked the administration by rescheduling the walkout to Friday. On Friday, October 20, 1989 up to 1,000 students walked out of class and talked to reporters. One week later, on Friday October 27, HISD superintendent Joan Raymond announced that Urbina would be reassigned to administrative duties.[7] After the incident, students received additional books. Macario Garcia, a spokesperson for the students, said that he believed that school officials may "review everything but are not going to take immediate action."[6]

In September 1991, Austin was one of 32 HISD schools that had capped enrollments. The school was filled to capacity and excess students had to attend other schools.[8] In December 1991, Austin was one of the largest high schools in Texas, with 2,669 students. Due to the overcrowding, by that month Houston ISD trustees approved a plan to open a new high school in 1995 instead of in 1997.[9]

By 1997, the new high school had not been constructed; area community leaders and parents anticipated the construction of César Chávez High School, as Austin and Milby were still overcrowded.[10] Prior to 1997 residents zoned to Furr High School also had the option to attend Austin and Milby high schools; in 1997 the school district canceled the option.[11]

In the fall of 2000, Chávez opened and took most of Milby's traditional neighborhoods. In turn Milby absorbed some students from Austin.[12] Areas that were zoned to Austin in 1998 were rezoned to Milby,[13][14][15] In turn, Austin absorbed areas previously zoned to Furr and Yates high schools.[13][15][16][17]

In 2007, a Johns Hopkins University study commissioned by the Associated Press included Austin in a "dropout factory" list of 42 Houston-area high schools; a "dropout factory" school is where at least 40% of the entering freshman class does not make it to their senior year.[18]

Demographics[edit]

For the 2011-12 school year:[19]

In the 2000s, property values around the school increased.[20] This created the large student population decrease.[21] This led to the demotion of the school from 5A to 4A as per the University Interscholastic League ranking.

Campus[edit]

In 2012 Richard Connelly of the Houston Press ranked Austin as the most architecturally beautiful high school campus in Greater Houston. Connelly said that "Another in the classic mode, with an entrance that just says "high school." And we don't mean the gate."[22]

Neighborhoods served by Austin[edit]

Several areas inside the 610 Loop that are east of Downtown, including the area known as the East End, are zoned to Austin;[15] several East End subdivisions such as the Second Ward, Eastwood,[citation needed] Idylwood,[23] East View, Riverview, Forest Hill, Hampshire Oaks, Simms Woods, Houston Country Club Place, Woodleigh, Sunnylan, Broadmoor, Central Park, and some of Magnolia Park, are zoned to Austin. In addition a section of East Downtown is zoned to Austin.[citation needed]

Academics[edit]

Students from Austin and Milby 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.[24]

Athletics[edit]

State Titles[edit]

State Finalist[edit]

School uniform[edit]

Austin High School students wear school uniforms. As of the 2009-2010 school year each student wears a polo shirt of a color depending on the student's year of estimated graduation. Freshmen wear black, Sophomores wear blue, Juniors wear maroon, and Seniors wear green. All students have khaki bottoms.[28]

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; parents must specify "bona fide" reasons, such as religious reasons or philosophical objections.[29]

Transportation[edit]

Houston ISD provides school buses for students who live more than two miles away from the school or who have major obstacles between their houses and the school. Students are eligible if they are zoned to Austin or are in the Austin magnet program.

Three METRO bus stops (Polk Street @ Dumble Street, Telephone Road @ Dumble Street, and Ernestine Street @ Coyle Street) are located near the school. Bus line 36 stops at Polk @ Dumble, and bus line 40 stops at Telephone @ Dumble. Bus line 42 stops at Ernestine @ Coyle. Telephone @ Dumble is the stop closest to the school.

Feeder patterns[edit]

Elementary schools that feed into Austin [15] include:

Middle schools that feed into Austin include:

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Texas Tribune
  2. ^ "2013 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. 
  3. ^ "Port of Houston Maritime Academy Coming to Austin High School." Houston Independent School District. March 3, 2009. Retrieved on March 5, 2009.
  4. ^ "Overview of." Austin High School. March 1, 2005. Retrieved on March 5, 2009.
  5. ^ "School Histories: the Stories Behind the Names." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on September 24, 2008.
  6. ^ a b Markley, Melanie. "Criticism rains anew on school." Houston Chronicle. Thursday October 26, 1989. A25. Retrieved on November 27, 2012.
  7. ^ Markley, Melanie. "Plotting a new course/TV show served as inspiration for change at Austin High." Houston Chronicle. Sunday October 29, 1989. A1.
  8. ^ Markley, Melanie. "32 schools hit enrollment cap." Houston Chronicle. Thursday September 26, 1991. A17. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  9. ^ "News briefs." Houston Chronicle. Friday December 13, 1991. A34. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ "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"
  12. ^ Berryhill, Michael. "The Unchanging Face of Milby." Houston Press. October 9, 1997. 7. Retrieved on April 25, 2009.
  13. ^ a b "High Schools." Houston Independent School District. April 13, 2002. Retrieved on May 6, 2009.
  14. ^ "Milby High School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on December 13, 2010.
  15. ^ a b c d "Austin High School Attendance Zone," Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on December 13, 2010.
  16. ^ "Furr High School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on December 13, 2010.
  17. ^ "Yates High School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on December 13, 2010.
  18. ^ "Report points to 'dropout factories'," Houston Chronicle, October 31, 2007
  19. ^ HISD Austin HS PDF
  20. ^ Archive HISD Austin HS
  21. ^ SchoolDigger Austin High School
  22. ^ Connelly, Richard. "The 7 Best-Looking High Schools in Houston." Houston Press. Tuesday May 22, 2012. 2. Retrieved on May 27, 2012.
  23. ^ "About Idylwood." Idlywood Civic Club. Retrieved on January 7, 2011. "Encroaching commerce is kept at bay on three sides of the neighborhood, thanks to the Villa de Matel, Wortham Golf Course, and Brays Bayou."
  24. ^ 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.
  25. ^ UIL Centennial Website
  26. ^ UIL Centennial Website
  27. ^ UIL Centennial Website
  28. ^ "Dress Code." Austin High School. Retrieved on January 7, 2011.
  29. ^ "DOCKET NO. 008-R5-901." Texas Education Agency. Accessed October 13, 2008.
  30. ^ "Burnet Elementary Attendance Zone," Houston Independent School District
  31. ^ "Cage Elementary Attendance Zone," Houston Independent School District
  32. ^ "Carillo Elementary Attendance Zone," Houston Independent School District
  33. ^ "Franklin Elementary Attendance Zone," Houston Independent School District
  34. ^ "Briscoe Elementary Attendance Zone," Houston Independent School District
  35. ^ "Brookline Elementary Attendance Zone," Houston Independent School District
  36. ^ "Dodson Elementary Attendance Zone," Houston Independent School District
  37. ^ "Gallegos Elementary Attendance Zone," Houston Independent School District
  38. ^ "J.P. Henderson Elementary Attendance Zone," Houston Independent School District
  39. ^ "Lantrip Elementary Attendance Zone," Houston Independent School District
  40. ^ "Peck Elementary Attendance Zone," Houston Independent School District
  41. ^ "Rusk Elementary Attendance Zone," Houston Independent School District
  42. ^ "Tijerina Elementary Attendance Zone," Houston Independent School District
  43. ^ "Jackson Middle Attendance Zone," Houston Independent School District
  44. ^ "Deady Middle Attendance Zone," Houston Independent School District
  45. ^ "Edison Middle Attendance Zone," Houston Independent School District
  46. ^ a b c d e f "Distinguished HISD Alumni." Houston Independent School District. Accessed October 11, 2008.
  47. ^ "[1]"The Supreme Court of Texas. Accessed October 8, 2009.

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