The 7 Best-Looking High Schools in Houston

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The end of the school year is rapidly approaching, and for seniors it means they'll never have to step inside their high schools again if they don't want to.

Most high schools, especially ones built fairly recently, are generic and blah.

But Houston has some that can make you appreciate their architecture. Here are seven.

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Photos by Abrahan Garza
7. Lamar
Definitely one of the most distinctive schools in town, this art deco beauty has a huge map of Texas engraved on its wall. (And if it's technically not art deco, we don't want to hear about it.)

Its big moment in the sun -- starring in the Bill Murray classic Rushmore -- was somewhat dimmed because the River Oaks building was ghetto'd up to look like a dilapidated inner-city school.

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6. Reagan High
A co-worker says this looks just like Rydell High in Grease, but we have so far managed to live our life without seeing that movie. (Or Grease 2, for what it's worth.)

The palm trees, or whatever they are, make a nice addition.


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5. Wheatley High
High schools don't have to be classic to shine. The geometric playfulness of Wheatley gives it a distinctive look.


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4. Milby High
Then again, there's nothing wrong with the classics.

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David Houston
David Houston

I think you got your pictures the wrong way 'round, because Lamar is heaps better looking than those ugly buildings...

Tunnel Mole
Tunnel Mole

Nice roundup!

But it has to be said:  You mean you let Grease 2 (not to mention Grease) slide on down the drain?

Strongheartfitness
Strongheartfitness

I'm an Austin high grad, class of 92. It's nice to see my old school in here. We're planning our 20th year reunion as I type. Go Mustangs!

Remlinger6
Remlinger6

I graduated in '73 from SFA and still proud to say I am a mustang!  I was part of the old drill team The Scottish Brigade and will always have fond memories of that.  Glad to see it took #1 although I felt all the other schools shown were beautiful as well!

JK
JK

So of course, you're making a list of the ugliest ones, right? 

Mike
Mike

What happened to decent architecture? Or is it just the dingalings on the school board?

Can't Get Enough Lists!
Can't Get Enough Lists!

YAYYY! Another list! I'm ecstatic!! Keep em coming, HP writers!

Dumpsterbuddy
Dumpsterbuddy

Hey, thanks for showing up and commenting twice! (Slow day on the trash route?)

Can't Get Enough Lists!
Can't Get Enough Lists!

There never was any trash biz, gullible fool.

JecklHyde
JecklHyde

Wow, another handle besides Ho-Hum and USA1?

Has your personality fractured from the cleaning solvent fumes?

swilliams2
swilliams2

I was so glad to see my alma mater not just on the list, but number one! I've always thought it was a beautiful building.

Rb
Rb

Yates ?!?!?  LMAO....  look at the products they put out.  How many graduate?

Wyatt
Wyatt

 Ironic that you're getting bitchy about Yates' academic record, considering you completely missed the fact that this is a list about the appearance of buildings, not quality of schools.

Bre
Bre

 That was unnecessary. My mother graduated from Yates in the 70's and she is a nurse who is well respected in her field and also has a beautiful home in Sugar Land. Get your facts straight before you assume anything.

Gary Packwood
Gary Packwood

Exactly the same for Tulsa (Oklahoma) Edison High School

http://edison.tulsaschools.org... 

And the panels are (were) orange. 

Perhaps this was high school template # 5 from some architectural firm located in Newark. :-)

Just like sports arenas today.  

nearnort
nearnort

Jefferson Davis High School is also nice, but not as lovingly restored as Reagan HS.

Craigley
Craigley

Jefferson is something to look at.  Similar to SFA but with a more gothic twist.

My dad attended SFA in the 60s.  His high school sweetheart ended up marrying Rod Stewart. He said it's 99% disadvantaged today.

Barbara
Barbara

Craigley, did his high school sweetheart live on Roe Drive near Gulfgate?  I had heard about this but would like to know for sure.  Cannot remember her name.

Pistolpete42
Pistolpete42

Ahh, sweet Lana, remember her from calsses.

Heikki Lunta
Heikki Lunta

Disadvantaged by choice maybe... disadvantaged in that your family doesn't value education and you'd rather play thug than student... disadvantaged in that it's easier to take advantage of society than to be responsible for oneself... disadvantaged in that if mom and dad aren't together or aren't legally married then "we're poor, barely above the poverty line", needy of free breakfasts and lunches, despite the "screen tv", two cars, fancy rims and stereos, and weekend parties...

Gentian
Gentian

"take advantage of society"...? That's an interesting, and meaningless turn of phrase. Maybe you can elaborate?

One of my uncles is a farmer/rancher and the other is a NASA employee. Every Christmas they both tease each other about sponging and subsidies and that sort of thing. Is that what you mean?

Anse
Anse

Darn those poor folks and their handouts. Remember those $600 checks the government sent out a couple of years ago to stimulate the economy? Every righteous middle class American I know sent theirs back, ripped it up, refused to take it. They knew it wasn't a tax refund (and it wasn't); they didn't earn the money. It was just free government money, and by god, they weren't going to take it!

Did you take yours? Surely not!

Bre
Bre

 Great comment!

ddt
ddt

 Having a bad day?

H_e_x
H_e_x

Generalizations are fun! I've seen some Klan members, ergo all white people are Klansmen.

H_e_x
H_e_x

We keep going around in circles. Hey, I would too if I was an unemployed, middle aged failure.

Wyatt
Wyatt

You have a very specific purpose here and you're straying from it. Get your shit together. 

Ho-Hum
Ho-Hum

Why do you have an old, dirty sock on your hand and who are you conducting?

Bre
Bre

Despite what you obviously think about African Americans, not everyone who is considered disadvantaged chooses to be that way. Stop being so judgmental and racist!

samagon
samagon

That might be what you meant, but it's not what you said. No one had mentioned African Americans prior to you, in fact, in context to the school referenced, African Americans should be the furthest thing from your mind. Yet you read into Heikki's comment that African American's needed to be defended, when they weren't even being discussed.

Bre
Bre

 Samagon, how do I have poor judgmental tendencies? I said that one should not judge people so harshly and that not all people are living beyond their means and asking for handouts. Why don't you really READ the comments before you reply to them? It does not matter if Heikki was talking about AA's or Hispanic Americans or Martian Americans, no one should be so judgmental!

samagon
samagon

it's funny, because SFA is predominantly Hispanic, about 95% of the school is Hispanic, and less than 4% is African American.

it seems both you, Bre, and Heikki have some poor judgmental tendencies!

Anyway, Heikki, I live about half a mile from SFA, while a lot of the families in my neighborhood do have 2 cars, it's not common for them to have 'fancy rims' or 'stereos'.

It is a beautiful school, and there are some amazing old buildings around the area. the oak farms dairy is a great piece of architecture (as one example).

Bre
Bre

 I was not responding to what you said, I was responding to the Heikki Lunta.

Craigley
Craigley

I seriously doubt any AA's attend Jeff Davis.

Texmex01
Texmex01

I went to Lamar, I remember lunches on the front lawn, well , that was before mandatory busing led to thugs all over the place that led to the security lockdown of the place...ah well, memories...

si guey
si guey

We used to eat lunch on the front lawn, too, until they wouldn't let us anymore because of all the West U/River Oaks brats who were obviously waiting on their maids to clean up after them left their trash everywhere. 

H_e_x
H_e_x

Those aren't brats, they are future job creators. It's really all the "thugs" problems.

Class of '55
Class of '55

In the early fifties, my boyfriend and later husband and I were eating lunch under a tree on the front lawn of Lamar. He was smoking when the assistant principal appeared, so he just put the cigarette under my skirt, which billowed out and was long. If caught smoking, he would have been expelled. It is nice to see that the Lamar, Reagan and Milby High School structures look pretty much the way they did. I think Lamar was built in the early thirties, so it must say something about construction back then.

Maggie_Mae
Maggie_Mae

Nostalgia for the days of segregation....

Texmex01
Texmex01

you mean segregation of thugs from students that want to learn, then yes...

Copa
Copa

Wait, what? I thought mandatory busing was a '70s controversy. When exactly did you attend?

When I was there in the late '80s, we continued to have lunch in the front lawn. And the buses were bright kids who had been selected to participate in the Business Administration Magnet program.

You seem very confused. Perhaps your current meds are causing you to conflate your various racist fantasies.

Texmex01
Texmex01

and btw, are these the "bright" students that you were speaking of?

http://www.isiahfactor.com/201... 

H_e_x
H_e_x

As opposed to anything you have ever said? Anything else about these so-called "thugs" you want to share with us? Perhaps a final solution of sorts?

Texmex01
Texmex01

sure you have, I mean no, really we believe you....

H_e_x
H_e_x

Oh for crying out loud, I've seen large groups of St. Thomas kids fighting nearby their school all the time. Would you call them thugs as well?

Texmex01
Texmex01

Not so much, graduated in 85, and I drive by it every day now, no lawn lunches, just security in golf carts, but thanks for stopping by and sharing your 2 pesos.....

Dvdgrz06
Dvdgrz06

Its good to know that this world is so big, that everything that surrounds us has a special place in someones heart. I'm satisfied that someone took the time to honor these MAGNIFICENT structures. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK HOUSTON PRESS YOU GUYS ROCK \m/.-Dave

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