Community Leaders and Alumni Turn Out for Rediscover Fort Worth ISD Celebration at North Side High School
The Fort Worth ISD continued its series of Rediscover FWISD events this week with a look at new facilities at North Side High School.
Dozens of attendees at the June 9 gathering received an update on the school’s 2017 bond projects, including a state-of-the-art mariachi rehearsal hall, renovation of the choir and orchestra hall, new cosmetology salon/classroom, two-bay auto technology work space and new science labs. [see photos]
The award-winning North Side Mariachi Espuelas de Plata, along with the school’s cheerleaders and mascot, entertained as guests queued up for the campus tours.
Fort Worth ISD Board of Education President and District 1 Trustee Jacinto Ramos, Jr. opened the celebration with a heartfelt welcome to “Rediscover Fort Worth ISD and North Side High School.”
“We are beginning a new chapter at a school with eight decades of rich history,” he said. “North Side High School welcomes its students to new learning spaces while keeping its history intact.”
The original campus was built in 1936 as part of the nation’s Public Works Administration initiative.
President Ramos described how the campus growth over the last 85 years has mirrored that of the Northside community and how the 2017 Capital Improvement Program addresses students’ current and future academic needs.
“Students now experience enhanced learning areas, inviting collaboration spaces, and classrooms with the technology and tools to engage students and help them plan their future to meet the expectations of tomorrow.”
Superintendent Dr. Kent P. Scribner thanked the community and the board for supporting the North Side High School project.
“The pandemic did not stop our teachers and it did not stop our construction projects either,” Dr. Scribner said. “The work continues and that is why we are able to showcase North Side High School today.”
Dr. Scribner described the extensive infrastructure replacements and upgrades throughout the campus, including:
- new LED lighting
- plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems
- sleek new reading nooks with charging stations
- a new student parking lot
- upgraded baseball and softball facilities
Principal Antonio Martinez invited guests on student-led campus tours, taking visitors to contemporary classrooms and labs.
Visitors also saw areas still under construction, including a variety of classrooms and three corridors that will soon connect all the buildings on campus together. The tours ended at the historic 1936 front entrance, on a bluff overlooking the city, where culinary arts students served refreshments.
More Rediscover Fort Worth ISD events are slated for later this summer, and construction will continue throughout the District during the 2021-22 school year.