Booker T. Washington High School


The design of the new Booker T. Washington High School is driven by the school’s magnet program for the engineering professions. Booker T. Washington students experience real-world engineering projects through partnerships with NASA, Texas A&M University, and other organizations. Fanning Howey + House Partners was selected to create a progressive Career-Technical Education environment worthy of these cutting-edge programs.

Excellence Is To Do a Common Thing an Uncommon Way

The FH-HP team quickly recognized that the Booker T. Washington community would benefit from a different approach to design. A core aspect of our approach involved establishing a Student Internship program that allowed high school students to learn as much from the design process as they would their new building. FH-HP team members mentored a select group of students, who were involved in planning meetings, design charrettes and even community presentations.



Designed for 21st Century Skills

The design configuration of the building’s interior is a physical representation of school’s focus on Blended Learning. Science and engineering laboratories are blended into each academic neighborhood, allowing for the integration of S.T.E.M. and general studies programs. Several partner organizations have committed to donate equipment. The use of open and flexible space allows the building to accommodate these yet-to-be-determined elements.


Community Context

The high school is located in a densely-populated urban community. Through multiple stakeholder meetings, the exterior design evolved to address community input. The final exterior concept reflects the proud history of Booker T. Washington and the progressive educational programs housed within.

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“ I know what I see here, what I hear, what the teachers tell me about the new school…I LIKE IT…I WANT IT!”
  –  Booker T. Washington High School for the Engineering Professions student



119 E. 39th Street
Houston, Texas


Houston Independent School District

Project Scope
  • Replacement High School for Engineering Professions
  • 1,300 students
  • 180,000 SF
  • $29,875,000
Project Highlights
  • Engineering Magnet Program
  • Specialized High Bay Engineering and Science Laboratories
  • Phased Construction on Occupied Campus
  • Student Internship Program
  • Pursuing LEED Silver