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Despite what you may have heard, Yates High property is not being sold, Houston ISD says
Tuesday, Apr 05, 2011, 07:02AM CST
By Lynn Walsh
Yates High lion

People keep calling, e-mailing and otherwise asking us at Texas Watchdog what we’re hearing about Yates High School's campus being sold to the University of Houston or Texas Southern University.

Here’s what we’re hearing: The Houston school system says it’s just not true.

We asked the Houston Independent School District’s head of real estate, Gary Hansel, whether the school system were considering selling the Yates property in the Third Ward. “Not to my knowledge, and I would be one of the first people to know about it if we were,” Hansel told us in January.

It’s April now, and we’re still receiving comments from people who think otherwise. But Hansel insists there are no plans to sell the Yates property.

Stadium view

“Nothing has changed,” Hansel said Monday. When Texas Watchdog told Hansel about the comments we were receiving, he said he has not heard anything, “not even a rumor.”

The Yates High School campus is between that of the two universities’ campuses. The building directly across the street from Yates' front entrance is a parking garage belonging to Texas Southern. And from the parking garage, you can see the top of the scoreboard at U of H’s Robertson Stadium, which is a pretty quick drive down the street.

See a map of the location of Yates High School below.

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Contact Lynn Walsh,, 713-228-2850 or on Twitter @lwalsh.

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Photo, top left: The Yates High lion mascot stands guard in his cage on the Yates campus. Photo at right: Robertson Stadium scoreboard pokes its head up above the trees outside Yates High. Jennifer Peebles/Texas Watchdog.

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