On this #TransformationTuesday we are featuring The Boulevard Heights School, which serves approximately 50 students at any given time. As one of the oldest buildings on The Boulevard, it has continuously transformed over the years to meet the growing needs of the Fort Worth community. The students are aged 3-22 & have intellectual disabilities and/or severe behavior problems. Due to their disabilities or problems, the students face difficulty being successful on a general campus. However, The Boulevard Heights School provides a place for the students to thrive.
With rich history, the three buildings that make up the campus that now holds the current school were constructed in different years and architecture. The building was initially constructed in 1909 by the Arlington Heights Independent School District as Arlington Heights Public School and the building housed all grades. In 1922, it became an elementary school and renamed Arlington Heights Elementary School and later in 1922 a second building was built and known as the Arlington Heights High School. It’s first address was 5100 Camp Bowie Blvd, as El Campo did not extend in front of the campus as it does now. There were six seniors in the Class of 1923, and it served as a high school until 1927 when it became a junior high. In 1954 a building was built to connect the two other buildings and became part of the elementary school. With this 6-classroom addition, the entire complex became an elementary school. In 1987 Boulevard Heights School first opened as J.P Moore.
The school is now considered a historic landmark in Camp Bowie District. But to the Fort Worth Locals, and especially the students who attend The Boulevard Heights School, it is a place that feels comforting and welcoming.