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New HS to open in Pearland

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Thousands of children will be headed back to class tomorrow across the Houston-area, and for some they'll be doing it at a brand-new school. Pearland ISD is set to open its second high school -- Dawson High School. It's off Cullen Boulevard and Hughes Ranch Road, and students are getting a closer look at the campus.

Preparing for the first day of school is always exciting, especially when it's at a brand-new, 360,000 square foot campus. Glenda Dawson High School, named for longtime Pearland education and state lawmaker Glenda Dawson, will open for classes Monday. Students got an opportunity to explore the building Sunday afternoon.

"The last school, we didn't have a lot of space," said Dawson High School senior Tierreny Moody. "It was crowded in the hallways. This time we have a lot more open space, so that's a good thing."

Parent Teresa Coleman said, "I really believe it actually facilitates learning and gives them a setting to prepare for life and college. I think it's great."

A new campus comes with challenges, from lunch time to traffic on Cullen Boulevard.

Dawson High School principal David Moody said, "That's just an extra challenge, trying to figure out how to get all the kids, get the parents to drop them off on time. We were hoping that Cullen would be finished on time, but it doesn't look like it's going to happen."

Police will direct traffic in and out as students start their first day of high school in a new building.

Dawson High School freshman Karoline Sellers said, "I'm going to be taking English, biology, art, health, world geography, BCIS -- whatever that is -- and algebra."

This second high school was built as part of a bond referendum that Pearland voters passed back in 2006. About 2,000 students are expected to attend.

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