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Column: Yates in need of update

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the October 25, 2012, edition of Insight, which is published by the Houston Chronicle.

Jonathan Johnson is a senior at Jack Yates High School.

By Jonathan Johnson, Jack Yates High School

Jack Yates High School is a school of legend and rich in heritage. However, if you were to take a tour inside of the school, the only thing you could call legendary about it was the age of the building. That alone changes the entire attitude of those looking to actually learn at the school.

Pride is important at Yates, and with the current state of the building, it’s hard for students to actually take pride in where they get their education from. Even if they’re zoned to Yates, students will go out of the way to schools like Lamar or Bellaire, because the facilities are newer and the learning environment is better.

The only way to keep pride intact, and raise the overall morale of the school, is to renovate the building. New gyms, auditoriums, classrooms, everything! The school’s look has a larger impact on the attitude of the students, so since the building is old and outdated, then the students overall attitude isn’t what it should be.

The older generation has so much pride when the say the words “JackYatesHigh School” because the current building was new back then. However with this generation, what was once new is now ancient!

I feel that the bond proposal is exactly what is needed to get Yates back on the right track. Nothing is truly wrong with Yates because great things have come out of the school. The building just needs to be equipped to better live up to the name of the one it’s named after.

If this bond proposal does go through, I believe that people’s overall opinion of Yates will change for the better. Right now, Yates isn’t even looked on as a good school…it’s just a building that’s actual history is overshadowed by the negativity that’s either been covered by the media or heard about in rumors.

In order to uphold the legacy started by the late Reverend Jack Yates, this bond has to go through; or else all that you’ll hear 20 years from now is what Jack Yates High School used to be, what it became and how it was never given the chance to come back and excel above its former glory.