Houston Independent School District
Jack Yates High School
A beacon of excellence, educating students of color to become world-renowned leaders and alumni.
Originally named Yates Colored High School, this historic school was only the second African American school in segregated 1926 Houston. Located in Houston’s historic Third Ward, the new flexible learning center is designed to promote student collaboration with industry-leading companies, organizations, and nearby prestigious colleges.
Design features include a grand entrance with floor to ceiling windows, natural light, bright colors, and open floor plans that inspire creativity for the more than 1,500 students.
The Educational classrooms or “Academic Neighborhoods” are designed to support each of the four career and technical education areas, which offer collaboration with industry leading companies and the development of future relationships with the University of Houston and Texas Southern University, located nearby.
Diverse opportunities for learning
The building has a three-story academic wing with flexible core learning centers, a one-story high-volume performance wing and an Auditorium with state-of-the-art technology and comfortable chairs that can be moved for fairs and events.
The south portion of the site was transformed into an athletic oasis, with a standalone batting cage, practice baseball and softball fields with dugouts and bleachers, competition-ready tennis courts, and a reconditioned practice football field, accommodating for sustainable drainage and field care.