Saint Francis of Assisi once said, “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” These words could not ring more true to the massive accomplishments that were unveiled to the Harlandale community on September 12. After only nine months of construction, Harlandale and McCollum high schools officially cut the ribbon to their new band halls and field houses.
At both campuses, students, staff, administrators, School Board members past and present, and alumni gathered to take part in the ceremonies. Then, after a few speeches, it was time to see what all the talk was about. In the field houses, athletes were wowed by the size and equipment in the weight room. There are also enough dressing rooms for male athletes in all high school sports. The band halls proved impressive with their acoustics, practice rooms and huge main room. Storage for all the instruments and uniforms was a big hit too. Overall, the new buildings added over 26,000 square feet of space. They cost about $13 million to construct.
When all was said and done, the entire Harlandale community was extremely impressed with the look and feel of the buildings. They were also excited to find out that the School Board is considering renovating and remodeling the old facilities for use by the spirit groups.
A huge thank you goes out to the HISD Board of Trustees for their vision and leadership, to the students and staff for their patience and excitement, to the Bond Oversight and Board Building Committees for their diligence and commitment, to Jasmine Engineering, RVK Architects and Bartlett Cocke for their professionalism and steadfastness, and, of course, to the community who made it all possible.