Three Houston ISD schools earn Blue Ribbon honors

Memorial Elementary
Memorial Elementary is one of three Houston ISD schools earning the national designation as a Blue Ribbon School. (Courtesy U.S. Department of Education)

Memorial Elementary is one of three Houston ISD schools earning the national designation as a Blue Ribbon School. (Courtesy U.S. Department of Education)

Three Houston ISD schools have been recognized with a National Blue Ribbon Schools award this year, the district announced Sept. 24.

Memorial Elementary, the High School for Law and Justice and the Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy are all first-time recipients and are among 26 schools nominated in Texas.

“We are humbled and inspired to win a Blue Ribbon Award,” Memorial Principal Maria Garcia said in a news release. “We owe this award to a fantastic staff, outstanding students, and great parents and community support.”

The Blue Ribbon program recognizes schools across the nation. Memorial Elementary was recognized for its efforts to close achievement gaps, according to the TEA, while HSLJ and YWCPA were recognized for academic achievement.

“I am extremely proud of our schools for being recognized with this prestigious honor,” HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said in a news release. “The hard work is exemplified in the academic excellence of our students, and that takes an entire campus working together to reach such an impressive achievement.”


A formal awards ceremony will be held virtually Nov. 12 and 13.