New Bellaire High School opens to Houston ISD students this fall

Bellaire High School will still need a front entrance by the time classes start Aug. 23; by August 2022, this entrance and other features will be completed. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
Bellaire High School will still need a front entrance by the time classes start Aug. 23; by August 2022, this entrance and other features will be completed. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

Bellaire High School will still need a front entrance by the time classes start Aug. 23; by August 2022, this entrance and other features will be completed. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The school features both a new practice gym and main gym for practice and games. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The new auditorium seats 900 people, making it one of the biggest auditoriums in Houston ISD. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Houston ISD made shared-space collaboration a design goal in its 2012 school bond projects. These rooms can hold a lecture hall-style class or have the chairs pushed back for a more interactive space. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Open and available to students on Aug. 23 on the first day of school, rooms like the one pictured here will offer space for dance students. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

A $141.5 million construction project to build a new facility for Bellaire High School is 80% through its construction.

The school is being built on the same lot as the former campus and will utilize an existing science wing, officials said. Various elements of the project’s first phase were completed in early 2021 and will be open to students during the 2021-22 school year, which will begin Aug. 23.

A new academic wing features multiple flexible learning areas; a fine arts wing includes a 900-seat auditorium and black box theater; and a physical education wing features two gyms, an eight-lane natatorium and a diving well.

“Those are areas that every kid has to interact with at some point in high school,” Bellaire High School Principal Michael McDonough said. “Every kid has to take a year of fine arts, so every kid’s going to touch those areas, and every kid has to take a year of [physical education], so the kids are going to touch those areas.”

Construction on the second and final phase of the project will not be finished until August 2022. By the time the new school year starts, key elements of the project left to tackle will include a front entrance, a one-story administration wing, a five-level parking garage, a new courtyard and a turf football field that McDonough said will also be used for soccer and track.



The new nearly 400,000-square-foot high school incorporates several key design elements requested in the 2012 bond referendum, including shared space collaboration, more efficient use of space and more natural light, McDonough said.

“I think people will be very pleased with the final product,” McDonough said. “We’re a strong school, and I think that this is going to make us even stronger.”

By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.


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