The school’s namesake, Dr. Billy Reagan, was HISD’s superintendent from 1974 to 1986. During Reagan’s 12 years with the district, he created the magnet school system and launched the district’s first International Baccalaureate program. For more than 50 years, he has been dedicated to improving the quality of education for all students in Texas.
HISD Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier will offer opening remarks during the dedication followed by performances by the Ramettes Dancers — the Billy Reagan dance team– and student reflections.
“For years, HISD has been a national model for other urban school districts that are trying to close the achievement gap while raising the level of achievement of all students,” Grier said. “Reagan Educational Center is an example of our dedication to continue building a future for our students to succeed.”
In addition to including 21st century learning technologies such as smartboards in every classroom, the school offers modern computer labs and interactive science labs for students, along with after-school activities such as the robotics program.
Reagan opened its doors in August 2012 to more than 900 students, including 600 elementary school students. The campus was built to relieve overcrowding in the district’s southwest area, including students zoned to Dowling Middle School.
The facility was made possible thanks to the $805 million bond referendum approved by voters in 2007. Energy efficiency is one of its key features. The school was designed and built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards to help reduce utility costs.
Reagan Education K-8 Center is located at 4842 Anderson Road in Houston.