With a slated opening for the 2019-2020 school year, construction on Northside High School is now 90 percent complete.
The school’s science and art rooms and bus canopy are complete. Interior finishes in the performance arts wing, first floor classroom renovations, landscaping, and parking are nearly complete. In addition, stairwell upgrades in the historic building are underway.
The $66 million project is part of the voter-approved 2012 Bond program and calls for two new additions along with renovations to the original building, built in 1928.
“The students are amazed with their new state-of-the-art classrooms,” Northside Principal Cecilia Gonzalez said. “They can’t wait for the new school year.”
The additions include modern spaces for culinary arts and performing arts. The culinary arts addition, which was opened to students at the start of the 2018-2019 school year, features professional ovens, workspaces, and equipment, as well as a walk-in freezer and cooler and a flexible learning space that can be transformed into a restaurant-style dining room.
Renovation work in the existing building is also underway as crews aim to modernize the original building while preserving its historic architectural façade along Quitman Street and the auditorium. Work also is underway on new classrooms and science labs on the first floor. Additionally, exterior windows will be replaced, and additional windows are being installed to bring in more natural light to extended learning and hallway areas.
More than 85 percent of all school construction is now complete with four campuses remaining under active construction. Once all bond projects are done, HISD will boast of one of the most modern portfolios of urban high schools in the nation.
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