In association with Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), Baylor College of Medicine Academy at James D. Ryan provides a rigorous curriculum founded on project-based, hands-on learning to 6th–8th-grade students. Students have the opportunity to earn high school credits, explore pathways in health and biomedical science, and become ready for challenging high school academic programs.
James Delbridge Ryan was an activist for education reform and equity. During his influential fifty-year career, Ryan left an indelible mark on the community in which he served. Born October 25, 1872, Ryan moved to Houston after graduating from Prairie View A&M University at the age of seventeen. In 1926, Ryan was appointed the founding principal of Jack Yates High School, the second African American school in Houston. He remained principal of Yates until his death in 1940.