New DeBakey High School One of TECO’s Latest Customers

June 1, 2017, marked the grand opening of the new Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions on the Texas Medical Center (TMC) campus. Thermal Energy Corp. (TECO) began chilled-water service to the building in 2016 while it was under construction.

DeBakey High School was founded in 1972 as a partnership between the Houston Independent School District and Baylor College of Medicine. It was the first high school in the nation focused on science and the healthcare profession.

Its new home at 2545 Pressler Street is a 194,000-sq-ft, five-story building designed by WHR/Lake-Flato Architects and constructed by Tellepsen Builders. The school features traditional classroom and high school amenities as well as mock hospital rooms, science and research labs. It also has medical training equipment and teaching labs for dentistry and rehabilitation and patient care.

In her article “DeBakey High School Moves to the Heart of the Medical Center,” TMC’s Britni Riley quotes the school’s principal, Agnes Perry, about the location: “This new building gives our students not only a state-of-the-art building they can learn in, but it also gives them the ability to walk across the street to Texas Children’s Hospital or TIRR Memorial Hermann,” said Perry. “As part of our curriculum, our students do regular rotations with Texas Medical Center hospitals, and it is a great advantage that we are conveniently located here in the medical center now.”

Voters approved the $67 million educational facility as part of a bond program in 2012. The school has more than 1,000 students in grades 9 through 12 and boasts a 100% graduation rate. More than 98% of graduates pursue a post-secondary education.

Congratulations to DeBakey High School’s leaders and students. It’s an honor to be of service.

Photo by Julian Brewster.

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