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Origins (1932–1933)[edit]

The history of what is today Aldine Senior High School predates the 1935 creation of the Aldine Independent School District (AISD).

In the early 1930s, Harris County Common School District 29 (the predecessor to AISD) operated four wooden frame schoolhouses for white students in grades 1-7. These were scattered throughout the district in the unincorporated Aldine, Brubaker, Higgs and Westfield communities.[80] (Black students attended separate schoolhouses in Higgs and Westfield.)[81]

On June 18, 1932, District 29 residents approved a $40,000 bond to consolidate the white schoolhouses into one new, centralized school.[82] The new building was to be located just east of Aldine, as it was near the geographic center of the district.[83]

Plans were quickly drawn for a two-story, red brick campus that would contain 12 classrooms and an auditorium.[84]It would house primary grades 1-7 and also allow the district to offer the first two years of high school (grades 8 and 9).[85] (Previously, District 29 students who wanted a high school education had to commute to Houston's Jefferson Davis High. However, school attendance in Texas during the early 1930s was not compulsory past age 14.)[86]

When the 1932-33 academic year began, high school students met at Memorial Baptist Church, then located at East Montgomery Road (today's Airline Drive) and Gulf Bank Road, until construction on the new building could be completed.[87]

The S.M.N. Marrs School (1933–1936)[edit]

The new, as yet unnamed school opened in February 1933 at the intersection of Aldine-Bender Road and Aldine-Westfield, in what was then rural north central Harris County, 13 miles from Houston. The school was immediately filled to capacity.[88]

Marrs School circa 1947

Intensifying the crowded conditions, District 29 added grades 10 and 11 for the 1933-34 school year to complete what was then considered a full secondary educationprogram.[89] (Twelfth grade was not common in rural Texas schools in the 1930s.)[90]

Overcrowding caused the district to move the old Aldine frame schoolhouse to the Marrs site to accommodate overflow.[91] Eventually, overcrowding became so severe that by 1935 the auditorium was partitioned into three classrooms to make room for more students.[92]

Sometime in 1933, or no later than early 1934, the school was named for S.M.N. Marrs, a state superintendent of public instruction who had recently died.[93] Marrs had championed rural education and financially weak school districts in his tenure.[94]

On May 25, 1934, S.M.N. Marrs School graduated its first high school class, consisting of nine students.[95]

In January 1935, the first known Marrs School athletic team participated in varsity competition. The boys basketballteam, playing as Aldine High School (rural Texas high schools often competed under the local community name rather than the actual school name, if different), took on a Spring high school squad.[96]

On May 4, 1935, voters in District 29 approved creation of the Aldine Independent School District (AISD).[97]

In the fall of 1935, the high school opened a new gymnasium/auditorium. As AISD was then operating with meager funds, the district struck a deal with an area oil company to use salvaged lumber from a nearby producing field to construct the facility.[98][99]

Marrs High School (1936–1948)[edit]

With the S.M.N. Marrs School overflowing, AISD voters approved a $25,000 bond for construction of a new 10-classroom junior/senior high school building on September 7, 1935.[100] This new building opened in 1936 next door to the Marrs School on Aldine-Westfield Road.[101] It, too, was named S.M.N. Marrs. The older building continued in use for many more years as an elementary school and later an alternative education center. Today it still exists as the Ellen Lane School.

Marrs High School circa 1939

Marrs High was expanded in the fall of 1939. The school constructed a six-classroom wing as well as a detached agriculture building and a home economics cottage.[102]

AISD and Marrs High added twelfth grade for the 1941-42 school year, as mandated by the state of Texas.[103]

The first Aldine High School (1948–1954)[edit]

Needing to accommodate a rapidly growing student population, AISD opened yet another high school located immediately to the north of S.M.N. Marrs High in the spring of 1948.[104] This campus was officially named Aldine High School, the first to formally bear that name. The former Marrs High School was turned into a junior high. Part of its structure, and several classrooms, were incorporated into the successor Aldine Middle School, built on the same site several years later and still in use today.

The first Aldine High School in 1948

Several months later, the school's 1935-era wood frame gymnasium/auditorium burned to the ground on November 19, 1948, along with the adjacent old Aldine schoolhouse.[105] The blaze took place just hours before Aldine High School's annual Homecoming dance.

Aldine High added a six-classroom wing in 1953.[106]

On November 24, 1954, the main Aldine High School building was destroyed by a six-alarm fire.[107] The fire destroyed nearly all student records and textbooks. Aldine students had to attend classes in shifts in the older junior high building until a new school could be built.

Modern Aldine High School (1956–present)[edit]

In September 1956, a replacement campus was opened nearly five miles to the west at 11101 Airline Drive at West Road, on the site of the former Gulf Coast Airport.[108]

Aldine Senior High, along with all other Aldine Independent School District (AISD) schools at the time, canceled classes April 16 and 17, 1959, after AISD teachers walked off the job because the district was broke and couldn't make its payroll.[109] The Texas Legislature authorized the selling of $200,000 of time warrants to tide the district over until the end of the school year. However, AISD teachers walked out again on April 30, 1959. The teachers were not paid that time because feuding school board officials could not agree on who should be allowed to sign district paychecks and the district's bank would not issue checks until the matter was resolved. The second walkout lasted through May 19, 1959.[110]

Facade of current Aldine High School in 1961

In March 1965, AISD was ordered by a United States federal court to desegregate its schools, including Aldine High School.[111] (Aldine High School was ordered to be integrated by September 1, 1967.) This order was strengthened in 1977[112] and remained in effect until 2003, when it was rescinded.[113]

Aldine Senior High hosted the inaugural classes of North Harris County College, consisting of 613 students, in September 1973.[114]

A white Aldine High student was stabbed to death on April 8, 1975, by a black student who was trying to cut in the cafeteria line.[115] Although authorities could find no racial motivation in the crime, the Ku Klux Klan burned a cross on the Aldine High lawn two days later to protest the murder.[116]

Five Aldine Senior High band members were injured September 8, 1977, when a section of the home-side bleachers at the on-campus Aldine Athletic Stadium collapsed prior to an Aldine–Carver football game.[117]

The next year, Aldine High School took in about 175 Carver students[118] when that school was turned into an alternative education campus as a result of the 1977 federal desegregation order.[119]

Another federal judge ruled in May 1982 that the lyrics to the Aldine School Song, which begin with the words, "Dear God, please bless our school...", were religious in nature and that school and/or district officials could no longer lead or organize singing of the song at school events.[120]

The Aldine High School band marched in the 1993 inaugural parade for President Bill Clinton.[121]

In 1998, Aldine's ninth graders were moved to a new campus, Aldine Ninth Grade School, located behind the main campus along the North Freeway.[122][123] This was done, in part, to ease overcrowding, but also to make the transition to high school easier for freshmen.[124]

Aldine High School introduced four career-centered academies to its instructional program in 2005.[125] Students may choose from business and fine arts, industrial and engineering, health and human services, and law and public service. Academy students share the same teachers for their core academic courses, such as language arts, math, science and social studies. They may shift to other academies for electives.

Since its initial construction, several additions and renovations to the 1956-era campus have been made. The vocational wing was expanded in 1960, along with the construction of a paved student parking lot.[126] In early 1970, the "400 Hall" wing was added, the existing "300 Hall" was expanded with more science labs and classrooms, and the cafeteria was enlarged to include a snack bar area.[127] Three years later, a new wing altered the front facade of the school, adding two new halls of classrooms (the "500" and "600" halls), new administrative offices, a teacher's lounge, a new band hall and more library space.[128] Air conditioning was also added to most of the school around that time. An expansion of the gym (including the addition of a second, smaller gym) followed in 1978.[129] In 1997, two classroom wings (the "A" and "B" halls) were added to the facade of the school.[130] Additional locker rooms were included as part of this expansion. A new Fine Arts wing was added in 2010, including a new band hall and renovations for the choir and drama rooms.[131] Several renovations on the older wings have also taken place over the years, including a major renovation of the cafeteria completed in 2009.[132]

In November 2015, Aldine Independent School District voters overwhelmingly approved a $798 million bond package that includes two major projects at Aldine High School.[133][134] Plans propose demolishing and rebuilding one existing wing of the school while also adding a new wing of classrooms.[135]

*Information collected from Wikipedia 2018

In the fall months of 2016, Aldine Senior received several renovations
beginning with the addition of the new "500 Wing". The old 500 hall was
renamed the "Front Hall" as it is located at the front entrance and contains
the majority of the offices on campus. This two-year renovation also
included new wall paneling, new windows, restroom upgrades, and several
other improvements.