San Antonio Independent School District Welcome New Additions


Present and former college students, neighborhood members, and workers from the San Antonio Colleges workers gathered within the historic auditorium of Douglass Academy on Sept. 26 for a homecoming celebration and dedication ceremony to mark the completion of a significant building and renovation mission on the faculty.

“Douglass Academy has a wealthy historical past and custom. Our kids right here have inherited that historical past and so they have the potential to change into all that they need to be,” stated District Superintendent Dr. Robert J. Durón on the stage the place legend has it that Louis Armstrong, Billie Vacation, and B.B. King as soon as carried

out. With $9.three million from the San Antonio Impartial College District’s 1997 Bond Program, enhancements on the faculty included renovations to lecture rooms within the three-story faculty in-built 1915, the auditorium {and gymnasium}. A construction that beforehand served as a vocational store was transformed right into a library.

The new building added a wing with lecture rooms, a kitchen, and a cafeteria to this San Antonio faculty. Two courtyards, a central tower housing an elevator, and a stairwell join the outdated with the brand new for accessibility. With a complete square-footage of 73,692, the ability accommodates 450 college students together with these within the Life Strides and within the Early Childhood packages. Authentic wooden flooring and seats within the auditorium have been fastidiously refurbished and re-installed on this San Antonio faculty by the District’s Plant Companies crews. The stage and partitions have been additionally repainted. “Not solely do we’ve new issues that we’re enthusiastic about however we’re additionally honoring a variety of the historical past of this faculty,” stated Melanie Herr-Zepeda, principal. Colors, tiles, and wall textures all through the campus-specific African-American and Mexican-American cultures of the neighborhood surrounding this San Antonio faculty. “This faculty is actually wealthy in the historical past. We’re honoring the neighborhood in what it’s now and but honoring the place this faculty has come from,” Herr-Zepeda added.


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