Lamar High School will hold a groundbreaking ceremony this week to celebrate the start of construction on their new campus, 3325 Westheimer, Houston, 77098, which is being built as part of the voter-approved 2012 Bond Program.

The milestone comes 80 years after construction began on the school’s iconic original building.

Design plans call for a new four-story addition featuring four flexible academic areas, a large covered transit center for bus and parent drop-off, a black box theater and band instruction area, a large banquet and food preparation space for the school’s culinary program, and other career and technical education spaces. The existing main building, with its well-known art deco façade, will continue to serve as the main entrance. It also will house the existing auditorium, an alumni center, an employee child care facility, and a performing arts area.

Lamar is among 40 schools, including 29 high schools, being rebuilt or renovated as part of HISD’s 2012 bond program. Active construction is currently underway on roughly three dozen projects — more activity than at any other time in district history. Almost half of the schools in the program will be complete and open to students by the end of this summer. Once all work is finished, the district will boast of one of the most modern portfolios of urban high schools in the country.

For more information on HISD building programs, visit www.BuildHISD.org.

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