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HCC moves to place San Jacinto Building in National Register of Historic Places

HOUSTON (June 21, 2012) – Houston Community College is planning a major rehabilitation of the San Jacinto Memorial Building at the HCC Central Campus. As part of the initial project research, considerable historical information has been discovered that has raised the building’s importance within the community, state and nation. Based on the initial historical findings, HCC has decided to pursue a listing of the property in the National Register of Historic Places.

The rehabilitation project team and HCC’s administration are hoping to complete an extensive research effort in the near future. Anyone with information about the history of the San Jacinto Memorial Building is asked to participate by providing oral or written historical information, historical photographs, yearbook information, details about persons of leadership or teachers at the school, lives of students who attended the schools and used the building, evidence of important educational policy that started at the school, as well as any other valuable input.

As a matter of background, this legacy building has served many different educational purposes through various institutions, touching many areas of the community and beyond. The original core building was constructed as the innovative South Side Junior High School in 1914. Later, symmetrical building wings and the gym were added and the complex became the San Jacinto Senior High School in 1925. The building has also been used at times by Rice University and Houston Technical Institute (now known as the University of Houston). The list of student alumni includes many prominent Houstonians.

Please join HCC and the research consultants in developing a comprehensive story about this venerable educational facility and the personages connected to this prominent landmark. To ask questions, share your stories or submit photographs or artifacts, please go the San Jacinto Memorial Building submission form in the HCC Web site Media Room. For media inquiries, contact Lesa Spivey at or 713.718.5438.

About HCC
HCC is one of the country’s largest singly-accredited, open-admission, community colleges offering associate degrees, certificates, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities for 75,000 students each semester. HCC is composed of six colleges that serve the Greater Houston Area’s diverse communities by preparing individuals to live and work in today’s increasingly international and technological society.

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Lesa Spivey
Director of Public Relations and Media
P 713.718.5438

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