San Jac

A Gem in Midtown

This semester at Houston Community College Central has marked the reopening of its’ crown jewel, the San Jacinto Memorial Building.

It’s been closed for the last two years to undergo a $60 million renovation that included updates to several areas of the building, from the auditorium and cafeteria down to the tile and molding.

When the majority of the restoration was complete, I had the opportunity to take a look at how the school had been transformed but also how much of it was kept the same way notable alumni remembered it. Alumni who used to go there when it was San Jacinto High School, that is. But the building was also the birthplace of the University of Houston and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (sidebar: that school will soon get a makeover of its’ own!).

San Jac isn’t just famous for the educational institutions it launched. It’s a bit of a celeb in its’ own right,  getting accepted into the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.

Click the video below to see how the San Jacinto Memorial Building has changed and how it grew to become one of the most beloved places in the heart of Midtown.