Kingwood High School
In November 1976, the district purchased 46.1 acres of land in the Kingwood area, at the corner of Kingwood Drive and Valley Manor Drive, for the location of the new high school.
The Master Building Plan Committee gave an overview of projections anticipated for future needs in December 1976. The committee recommended construction of Phase one of Kingwood High School, to open as soon as possible, but no later than August 1979.
In March 1977, Mr. Spencer said it was necessary to clear 11 acres at the Kingwood site. There was only one bid on the job, Mr. John West for $7,700.00. Mr. Bob Herolz presented preliminary figures for the High School in Kingwood. He showed a break-down of some of the facilities schools in the area offered.
Mr. Bob Herolz showed the work drawings for the Kingwood High School in July 1977. Mr. Herolz said that he discussed the additional cost for a split level concept with Mr. Lee Rowe. Mr. Rowe estimated an additional $20,000.00 in cost, not including the fill dirt. The school board voted to accept the work drawings with the stipulation that the total cost of Phase I & 2 not exceed $9,457,690.00, with the construction cost budgeted at $8,349,828.00.
In January 1978, the school board approved an order for clearing the remainder of the Kingwood High School site. There are approximately 23 acres at $800 per acre. The school board also gave approval to the architectural firm, Nix, Spencer, Herolz, Durham, Inc., to go out for bids on the earth work at Kingwood High School.
Mr. Gordon Spencer, with Nix, Spencer, Herolz, Durham, Inc., reviewed the bids on site work at Kingwood High School in March 1978. The school board approved the low bid of $356,600.00 with W. T. Byler for 180 calendar days
Addtional work (and costs) were approved by the school board in June 1978, including purchase and installation of 500 tons of lime stabilization, for grading and sitework, for $45,000.00, and adding a Centrifugal Chiller for $21,000.00
In November 1978, it was decided to name the new high school Kingwood High School.
At a meeting in December 1978, the school board voted that the school mascot would be the Mustangs and the colors would be Navy Blue, Columbia Blue, and White, which were the selections made by over 50% of the Humble High School 9th graders and the students at the Kingwood Middle School.
By Januay 1979, there were concerns that the school would not be completed in time to open school in the Fall of 1979. The school board began discussing alternative plans for that year. The timing of the completion of construction was a grave concern for the remainder of the year.
In February 1979, Mr. Gordon Spencer (with Spencer, Herolz, Durahm, Inc) was optimistic that the school would be ready by August 15th unless there were serious complications. The School board also approved the purchase of Band Uniforms for KHS from Sol Frank for $18,475.
There was an approval of the furniture bid for KHS at $251,331.21 in March 1979.
In May 1979, Cafeteria & Supply bids approved for $3,927.19
The contract to supply band instruments was awarded in June 1979 for $65,466.90
In June 1979, Mr. Sencer recommended installing the walk-in cooler (or at least the shell) in Phase I instead of Phase II. The contract for the football field grandstands were awarded to Sturdisteel Company for $21, 277.
The board approved the construction of an indoor, 8-lane pool in July 1979.
By August 1979, Mr. Robert Patin, with Spencer, Herolz, Durham, Inc. reported on the construction projects with his firm. He said Kingwood High School would be completed on all classroom areas, science lab, all administration areas, cafeteria, band and choral area. Gym would not be completed, nor dressing rooms, homemaking department, shops, and art department. The punch list was complete on all classrooms, library, kitchen, and the band and choral and administration. Upstairs would be completed by Thursday; dressing rooms would be completed by Friday. Shops, etc., would be completed sometime the next week.
Andy Robertson of H. A. Lott reported that the tract would not be finished due to weather. Roll up doors to the shop areas that were open to the outside would not be in until sometime in October. They would build some kind of temporary closure for that area. Lockers would not be completed by Tuesday. Basketball back stops would not be ready until later in September. Blackboards were shipped from Arkansas. Minor items of hardware were missing. Folding partitions in the large classrooms on the second floor would not be shipped until September 10.
The school board also approved the Home Economics equipment contract for $17,853.50, and awarded equipment for two language labs to First Source, Inc. for $21,981.
Kingwood initially opened with Phase I, which was built to accommodate only the freshman and sophomore classes, encompassing 196,000 square feet over four split levels. By September 1979, costs for Phase I had run $8,094,319 due to the inflation of materials and construction costs (where the original estimate had been about $6 million). Phase I included a majority of the classrooms, a library, a cafeteria, a gym, offices, and a band hall, four tennis courts, as well as baseball and football fields.
Phase II was scheduled to be completed in August 1981 to accommodate four full grade levels. Phase II, which encompassed an additional 120,000 square feet, cost another $6,480,000. Phase II included an auditorium, a field house, a covered swimming pool, a full medical clinic, and an extensions of the kitchen including additional freezer space
On September 11, 1979 (after the school had opened) Mr. Gordon Spencer, with Spencer, Herolz, Durham, gave an update on Phase I of Kingwood High School. He said that the VOE areas were progressing very well and would be completed by October 15th. The gym floor would be ready in 2 weeks, with the exception of the back-stops which were delayed due to late delivery. He said the track and tennis courts were progressing well.
Mr. Robert Patin gave a detailed overview of Phase II of Kingwood High School. He said construction was due to start in April and would take approximately 14 to 15 months to complete.
In November 1979, Mr. Spencer, with Spencer, Herolz, Durham, Inc., gave an update on Phase I of Kingwood High School. He said all areas were available with the exception of the gym and kitchen in the homemaking area. Mr. Spencer said the gym would be ready for use in two weeks.
Mr. Spencer also said Phase II of the Kingwood High was going very well.