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.
In 1980, the HISD renamed Southland Elementary School, whose original campus was built in 1915, to Ruby Lockhart Thompson, who retired after 46 years. Thompson taught at Blanche Bruce Elementary School, served as principal of George Turner and Twenty Third Street Elementary Schools, and became the district’s first black female supervisor. She is also the daughter of Lucian Lockhart, for whom another HISD school is named. The school moved to its third location in 2007.
Winona Daily News cheers on free all-day kindergarten and asks lawmakers to take it further and improve early childhood education as well.
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.
Sunny Side - Ethel Mosley Young, who spent nearly four decades as an educator in a south Houston school that now bears her name, Young spent her entire career at Sunny Side Elementary, starting as a classroom teacher and eventually becoming principal. Young taught reading and writing. She also taught manners and grooming. She made home visits and spent her own money on supplies.
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.
GRIMES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL—CLOSED MAY 2011. See Woodson K-8 9220 JutlandBuchanan H. Grimes, a highly respected figure in local black history, rose from the position of janitor to that of teacher and then principal in the Houston Public Schools. The campus named for him opened in 1952.
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
Woodson was originally a junior high school and served grades 7 through 9.In spring 2002 elementary school pupils who attended Carnegie Elementary School were moved to Woodson, and Woodson became a K-8 school.
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.