Construction on the new Milby High School is now 85 percent complete and on track to open in time for summer school.
The three-story $69 million project, part of HISD’s 2012 bond program, is a combination of new construction and renovation that preserves the historical front façade while creating a modern learning environment to accommodate 2,000 students.
The building will feature new academic wings erected to the north and south of the main building. Each will include learning spaces for science and engineering labs, welding, and the culinary arts program, which will include a student-run café. Additionally, students will receive hands-on experience with a print shop in the career and technical education area.
Other features include new administrative offices, an auditorium with a black box theater, a large commons area, and outdoor courtyard.
Through HISD’s voter-approved $1.89 billion Bond Program, 40 schools, including 29 high schools, are being rebuilt or renovated across the district. Active construction is currently underway on roughly three dozen projects — more activity than at any other time in district history. Once all work is complete, the district will boast of one of the most modern portfolios of urban high schools in the country.