Yates High School

Yates High School

Yates High School

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Jack Yates Senior High School is a secondary school located at 3703 Sampson in Houston, Texas with a zip code of 77004. Yates High School handles grades nine through twelve and is part of the Houston Independent School District (HISD).

Yates was named after Reverend John Henry "Jack" Yates, a former slave and a minister."." Handbook of Texas Online. Jack Yates and other leading blacks established the Houston Baptist Academy. Within a decade, the success of the school prompted Reverend Yates to reorganize the Houston Baptist Academy as the Houston College, the school offered a special opportunity to the black children of the community who sought an alternative to the Colored High School of the public school system.

Yates has HISD's magnet program for communications (Broadcast TV, Radio, Print, and Photography). Eye on the Third Ward , a collection of works made by Yates students, was posted in the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH).


Yates was established on February 8, 1926 as Yates Colored High School with 17 teachers and 600 students. The school, initially located at 2610 Elgin, was the second school for African-Americans established in Houston. The first principal, James D. Ryan, served as the principal from the opening until his death in 1941.". " Jack Yates High School. Accessed October 20, 2008

In 1955, as a new Allen Elementary School opened in a neighborhood far...
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