On Monday, Dec. 15, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the future site for the Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions. The ceremony was a celebration of the growth of the school and of the partnership between Baylor and the Houston Independent School District that established DeBakey High School.
Special guests included Dr. Paul Klotman, Dr. William Thomson, Dr. Robert Robbins, Richard Wainerdi, Dennis DeBakey, Paula Harris, Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee and Rep. Al Green.
While speaking about the journey the school and its students have experienced thus far, the guests reveled in knowing that construction for the new high school will begin on Jan. 1, 2015.
The new high school campus will be at 2151 West Holcombe. The new building will be 192,000 sq. ft. (five floors) and is expected to open in fall 2016.
Guests heard from two students from the 2017 class of DeBakey High School. The students spoke about their unique educational experience and showed their excitement for the new campus. The class of 2017 is slated to be the first class to graduate from the new location.
The ceremony concluded with the special guests symbolically digging at the soon-to-be Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions.
The high school is a partnership of the Houston Independent School District and BCM that offers a curriculum geared toward students interested in medicine and health care. DeBakey High School for Health Professions is one of the top ranked high schools not just in Houston but in the nation. It is consistently ranked in Newsweek’s top 100 of America’s Best High Schools and earned U.S. News and World Report’s Best High School Gold Medal.