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North Forest HS holds grand opening celebration

North Forest With a stunning view of the forest as a backdrop, North Forest High School stakeholders celebrated the grand opening of the first new high school to be built in the area in almost five decades.

More than 200 community members, students, and staff gathered Friday in the school’s dramatic two-story dining commons for the event, which featured student speakers, performances by the NFHS choir, and remarks by HISD Board of Education President Rhonda Skillern-Jones and Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan.

“It’s wonderful when we can see the fruits of our labor in our children,” Skillern-Jones said. “This building says we care about our children. It represents the bright future of this community, because education changes lives.”

Skillern-Jones also expressed gratitude to state Rep. Senfronia Thompson for her instrumental role in securing state funding for the new $59.5 million building, which opened to students in January of this year.

“I believe in North Forest,” Thompson told the crowd. “This building is the result of the efforts of this community. You did this.”

The new 215,000-square-foot facility features modern classrooms, flexible learning areas, and a dramatic main entry hall that leads to an open-concept dining commons with floor-to-ceiling windows. Read more... 

North Forest High School First Day in New Building
North Forest High School First Day in New Building

North Forest High School celebrates the opening of its new building.