Jack M. Fields, Sr. Elementary School
Work on Jack M. Fields, Sr. Elementary school began in June 1993, when the Joiner Partnership, Inc. was selected as the architects for the school. The architects worked with a group of representatives from Humble ISD (parents, teachers, staff and administrators) to design a unique building. Some of the innovative elements included a see-through walkway, a garden, an elaborate commons area, a sophisticated early learning wing, State-of-the-art computer laboratories, and televisions in all classrooms.
The design wass different from other Humble ISD elementary campuses at the time. There were more computer rooms, and all classrooms were pre-wired for future computer additions. There were three student pick-up areas, with a separate area for parents to pick-up early childhood students. There were no atriums in the campus, meaning a gain of space for several classrooms.1
12.626 acres of land were purchased from the Jack Fields family for the location of the school, near the intersection of Rankin Road and Old Humble Road.
The building was constructed by Gamma Construction, with an original cost of $5,544,000.
The School Board decided to name the school Jack M. Fields, Sr. Elementary School in April 1995. The naming was unusual, in that Humble ISD Schools are not typically named for people. The reasons were based on the long-time contributions of the Fields family to Humble ISD, the land for the building was purchased from the Fields family, and that Mr. Fields had served on the school board for such a long time.
The Joiners were awarded 1st place in Commercial Design: Institutional during the 12th annual AISD/Houston Chronicle Interior Design Awards.
The design was later used in many of the newly constructed Humble ISD elementary buildings through 2009.
The size of the school is 81,106 square feet. The total site acreage is 14.83 acres.
1 "Two Elementaries to Open in Fall 1995." Introspect. Vol 3, No. 2, December 1993