On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Houston Academy, I am pleased to announce that we will break ground this fall on a new Student Activities Center and Training Facility. For many years, our students have trained in our weight room in the Killingsworth Gymnasium. Over time, however, this facility has become inadequate to support the needs of our growing athletic and extracurricular programs.
Most of you know, last year we hired AJ Howard as our strength and conditioning coach. As a result, I believe we have seen remarkable progress in HA’s strength program. Building this facility will serve to enhance the outstanding job that Coach Howard and our other coaches and teachers are doing to help all our students obtain and maintain the highest levels of health and fitness.
The new Student Activities Center, which will be between 8,000 and 9,000 square feet in size, will house locker rooms, offices, and a state-of-the art weight room and cardiovascular training space. Also, as a part of this project, new girls locker rooms will be constructed in the Killingsworth Gymnasium, and the existing weight room will be converted to much-needed office and storage space.
I should point out that no current tuition dollars are going towards the construction of this building. This project is being completed primarily through the generosity of parents and friends of Houston Academy. I should note, too, that this facility will serve ALL students and families within the HA community. That is, this facility is not only for student athletes. Our PE classes will use it during the day, and Coach Howard’s services will continue to be offered to any student who would like his help and expertise.
We will be releasing more details about the facility in the very near future, and certainly, we will want to recognize those who have helped to make this happen. Right now, however, we are thrilled to announce our plans to the entire HA community.
It’s an exciting time to be a Raider!