Northside leaders broke ground Wednesday on “Kallison Ranch area” high school, the working name for the District’s 11th comprehensive high school, which will open in fall 2017.
Funded by School Bond 2014, the new school is located at 14350 FM 471on the boundary line between Northside and Medina County ISD. It is approximately five miles outside of Loop 1604 off of Culebra Road/FM471W and across the street from the McClung Transportation Station.
The new school will likely relieve overcrowding at Brennan, Taft, and O’Connor high schools. In fact, Taft High School was recently capped for attendance starting this summer.
“The seemingly never-ending march to build more schools continues in Northside,” said Superintendent Brian T. Woods. “The 1604/Culebra corridor continues to be a fast-growing area of the District and we are anxiously awaiting the opening of this modern, state-of-the-art learning facility in 2017.”
Current eighth graders who will eventually go to school there are researching United States Supreme Court Justice names for consideration and the Board of Trustees will select a name in summer 2015, as per Board policy.
Current Northside enrollment is 103,000 and projected enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year, when the new high school opens, is more than 107,000. Just in the last ten years, NISD has opened Stevens High School, Brandeis High School, and Brennan High School.
“Northside remains the ‘Destination District’ and we’ve opened 40 new schools in the last 13 years,” said Trustee Karen Freeman. “It is testament to the quality of schools in Northside that families move here every year, and we are proud that our voters have supported our bond programs that allow us to build additional schools, including this one, our 11th comprehensive high school.”
“Kallison Ranch area” High School was designed by Garza Bomberger & Associates and contractor is Joeris General Contractors.
NISD Trustees Lynn Britton, Jr., Karen Freeman, and Dr. Carol Harle joined Superintendent Brian Woods in the ceremonial groundbreaking.
For an album of photos from the groundbreaking ceremony, visit the Northside Facebook page.