Lyndon Baines Johnson High School
in northeast Austin, Texas
is a high school built in 1974 that later came to house one of Austin's two magnet high schools
, the Science Academy. In early 2002, the Liberal Arts Academy, Austin's other magnet high school
, was moved from Johnston High School to LBJ, forming what is now known as LASA (Liberal Arts and Science Academy
As of the 2006-2007 school year, LBJ received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
to support implementation of an educational enrichment program called First Things First. Under the grant, no advanced program can be part of the same school, and a push to separate LASA began. The two schools, LBJ and LASA, continue to be housed on the same campus but keep separate faculty, staff, and records for standardized tests, grade point averages,and class ranking. During the 2007-2008 school year there is a single yearbook, band, choir, theatre, art, and all students within the two schools are able to take part in all sports.
LBJ High School's mascot is the Jaguar
, and the school's colors are purple
There are close to 50 student organizations and clubs.
The current principal of LBJ High School is Ms. Sheila Henry. Patrick Patterson, who had been at the school since the 2004-2005 school year as part of the high school campus redesign program initiated to help raise TAKS scores, retired after the 2009-2010 school year. As a result of the split, LASA and LBJ are required to have separate principals.... Read More