Around 1,600 students expected to open new high school

March 23, 2016

 Northside's 11th comprehensive high school will open in August 2017 with around 1,600 students in grades 9 through 11 in a proposal that was presented to the NISD School Board.  

 Harlan High School will relieve overcrowding at Taft, O'Connor and Brennan high schools. Harlan will eventually grow to about 2,800 students. Without relief, enrollment in 2017-2018 at these sending schools would top more than 3,000 each:  Brennan (3,073 students), O'Connor (3,332 students) and Taft (3,538 students).

 Seniors living in the new John Marshall Harlan High School zone will remain and graduate from their current high schools.

 "While changing schools may be challenging, in a growing District like Northside, it is sometimes necessary," says Ray Galindo, Deputy Superintendent for Administration. "We want schools to be safe and manageable adding that NISD voters have approved bond issues to build new schools to provide relief."

 In the proposal, the majority of students will come from Taft High School which is currently capped to Brennan High School. Approximately 860 students from Taft are expected to move to Harlan.  Close to 200 students from O'Connor High School and around 400 students from Brennan High School are also expected to be assigned to Harlan High School.

 Harlan is being built with funds from the 2014 School Bond issue.

 The Northside School Boundary Advisory Committee (SBAC) will host a Public Hearing on May 5, 2016 at Taft High School.  It will begin at 7 p.m. The SBAC is comprised of parents from middle school zones who will gather input from the community and submit a recommendation to the School Board. Final approval for the zone is expected on May 24, 2016.

 The proposed zone can be found at