510 Jensen Blanche Kelso Bruce Elementary School, built in 1920 at 713 Bringhurst, was named for a distinguished former slave who founded a school for blacks in Missouri during the Civil War. Bruce went on to hold a number of important political posts before becoming the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate (1875–1881). He subsequently served as registrar of the U.S. Treasury until his death in 1898. A replacement facility at 510 Jensen Drive was completed in 2007.
This school was named for Phillis Wheatley. Wheatley was the first African-American person to publish a book in America. Wheatley High School was built in 1949. a replacement facility opened in 2006 just a few blocks away.
Yates was established on February 8, 1926, as Yates Colored High School with 17 teachers and 600 students. The school, at 2610 Elgin, was the second school for African-Americans established in Houston. The first principal, James D. Ryan, served from the opening until his death in 1941.Ryan Middle School exists at the first location of Yates Colored High School
CRAWFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL—CLOSED MAY 2011. See Atherton ES, Bruce ES, Sherman ES 1510 JensenIt was the first principal of this school, built in 1917, who suggested that it be named for Joseph H. Crawford, a professor of science at Prairie View State Normal and Industrial College (now Prairie View A&M University) and a former HISD teacher.
Charles W. Luckie Elementary School, located at 1104 Palmer in what is now East Downtown There was originally a schoolhouse built in the early 20th century on the site and it burned down and the current structure was built in its place in 1918. It was an elementary school in the HISD Colored system until it was turned into an administration building for the same system in the 40s.
KAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL—CLOSED 1978 1616 HebertThis school opened at 7621 Elm in 1904 as the Harrisburg School, serving African-American students as a part of the Harrisburg Independent School District. In 1952, it was renamed for Savannah Georgia Kay, who served as the school’s first principal, and a new building was constructed at 1616 Hebert. The school closed in 1978 and is now used as a land lab for students at César Chávez High School. c. 1914
BURRUS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 701 E. 33rd James D. Burrus Elementary School opened in 1899 as the Independent Heights County School. It became part of HISD under its present name in 1924. Burrus was a former slave who became a successful African-American educator.
RHOADS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL—CLOSED MAY 2011. See Woodson K-8 4103 BrisbaneBuilt in 1957, the school is named for Joseph James Rhoads, a noted educator who held administrative posts throughout Texas and at the national level . Dr. Rhoads was the first African-American president of Bishop College
renderings showing the new Sherman Elementary School planned for the school’s current location at 1909 McKee St. in Northside Village. Construction of the 86,000-sq.-ft. structure is on target to begin within 2 months, after the existing school is demolished. The new school will serve students from Crawford Elementary, which will then be closed.