Ebbert L. Furr was a long time rancher who
once owned the land where Furr High School is located. The
area was originally identified as Oates Prairie. Furr’s land
holdings also included the property now known as the
Songwood Homes subdivision, which is adjacent to Furr High. Ground for Furr High School was broken in 1960.
The school itself opened in the Fall of 1961. Forty-two years later Furr is re-thinking the way students
learn and teachers teach. Our high school is one of 10
Houston ISD comprehensive high schools currently
re-organizing and re-thinking traditional high school
organization and curriculum.
In the 2001-2002 school year, Furr High
School competed for inclusion in a 20 million dollar grant
from the Carnegie Foundation. After being chosen as a
Carnegie Grant recipient, teachers and administration began a
process of evaluating our high school. Using "Breaking Ranks"
a publication of the National Association of Secondary School
Principals (NASSP), committees addressed several areas of
In the 2002-2003 academic year,
implementation of our accepted grant has led to both
structural and substantive changes at Furr High School.
Today Furr High School is organized into a magnet school, four
academies, and a traditional high school.
To address student dropouts, Furr High
Schools, principal submitted a proposal to create “REACH
Achievement in the City of
Houston. The school was designed to help dropouts return to
school and graduate. The school board
accepted the proposal and the school
opened in the Fall of 2006. The school is housed on
the Furr High School Campus. The school served
students between the ages of 17 and 21. During
the 2008 school year to address a deeper need the lost of
students who never started/ started and left 9th grade it
serving students between the ages of 16 and 21.
Our reform efforts are part of a
district-wide effort called Schools for A New Society.
Providing training and guidance, the Houston-Annenberg
Challenge helps individual high schools identify needs and
helps implement campus reform plans.
Click here to learn more about Houston ISD's Schools
for A New Society reform initiative.
Furr High School is utilizing the
experience of two national experts on school reform, Bena
Kallick and Marianne Leibowitz, experts on creating small
learning communities and project-based learning.
to learn more about their philosophy on school reform.