Alief, Houston

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'''St. Agnes Academy''' is a Dominican (Dominican Order) college-preparatory school for young women grades 9 through 12 "Our Mission & History" ''St. Agnes Academy''. (c)2011. Retrieved July 14, 2011. in Houston (Houston, Texas), Texas, United States at the edge of both the Alief (Alief, Houston) and Sharpstown (Sharpstown, Houston) communities. The school operates within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston . Southwest The term "southwest Houston" often refers to the area that opened in the years following World War II, when they were considered to be suburbs, such as '''Alief (Alief, Houston)''', '''Fondren Southwest''', '''Meyerland (Meyerland, Houston, Texas)''', '''Sharpstown (Sharpstown, Houston, Texas)''' and '''Westbury (Westbury, Houston, Texas)'''. Alief is a large, ethnically diverse community which Houston began annexing in 1977. Fondren Southwest and Meyerland are centers of Houston's Jewish community. Sharpstown has large Hispanic and Asian American communities and was the first master-planned community in Houston. Also in the southwest is the Indian enclave, the Mahatma Gandhi District (Mahatma Gandhi District, Houston), informally known as Hilcroft. Westbury and Meyerland are becoming popular places for some gay men and lesbians to live, as real estate in the Neartown area has become more expensive as it has gentrified. '''Alief Kerr High School''' is a secondary school located in the Alief (Alief, Houston) community, near the city of Houston (Houston, Texas) in an unincorporated area of Harris County, Texas, in the United States. The school is a part of the Alief Independent School District and serves grades 9 through 12. Kerr High School was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence (Blue Ribbon Schools Program) by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive, during the 2010-11 school year. http: www2.ed.gov programs nclbbrs 2010 national.pdf District F District F serves areas in southwestern Houston. District F has a significant Vietnamese American community. Moran, Chris. "District F councilman facing both political, legal fights." ''Houston Chronicle''. Sunday October 9, 2011. Retrieved on November 5, 2011. District F includes much of the Alief (Alief, Houston), area other areas in Southwest Houston, Briarmeadow (Briarmeadow, Houston) and Tanglewilde (Tanglewilde, Houston). In 1985 District F included far Southwest Houston. It included Alief (Alief, Houston), Braeburn, Braeburn Valley West, Glenshire, Gulfton, Robindell (Robindell, Houston), and Sharpstown. In 1985 the district was 83% white. Hurst, Deborah. "Goodner stays away from focusing on gays in District F campaign." ''Houston Chronicle''. Monday October 21, 1985. Section 1, Page 10. Retrieved on August 8, 2011. In 2011 Briarmeadow and Tanglewilde, areas south of Westheimer Road which were previously in District G, were moved to District F, while the Bellaire Boulevard areas and Sharpstown were moved out of District F.


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. Retrieved July 5, 2011. and Harmony Science Academy High, which offers grades 9-12. KIPP: Knowledge Power Program Schools KIPP: the Knowledge Is Power Program operates charter schools which serve Alief. They include: KIPP SHINE Preparatory, which instructs prekindergarten through grade 4, "KIPP SHINE Preparatory"


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. Retrieved July 5, 2011. and Harmony Science Academy High, which offers grades 9-12. KIPP: Knowledge Power Program Schools KIPP: the Knowledge Is Power Program operates charter schools which serve Alief. They include: KIPP SHINE Preparatory, which instructs prekindergarten through grade 4, "KIPP SHINE Preparatory"


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in a one-room schoolhouse. Alief ISD's three-story schoolhouse was condemned in 1939, and its students attended classes in a nearby building until a new school annex was added in 1940. Also in 1940, Melissa Outley died. Melissa Outley was married to David Outley. He was the first African American educator in Alief. Martin, Betty L. "Alief cemetery gets historic marker". ''Houston Chronicle''. March 19, 2008. Retrieved July 1, 2011. "History of the School." Outley Elementary School. Alief Independent School District, n.d. Web. 19 Jan 2012. . Hers is the first known burial in Prairie Grove Cemetery, which was adjacent to Prairie Grove Missionary Baptist Church. The church's sanctuary was demolished in the 1940s as attendance fell. Alief Community Church first opened its doors in 1941. Staff. ""Something's Happening" Youths to rally against violence, crime". ''Houston Chronicle''. October 5, 1991. Retrieved July 6, 2011. Population fluctuated wildly, ranging from a low of 35 in the 1930s to 200 by 1942. Population fluctuated wildly, ranging from a low of 35 in the 1930s to 200 by 1942. Alief acquired telephone service in 1943. "Alief History." ''Alief Super Neighbourhood Council''. Retrieved on July 1, 2011. E.W.K. "Andy" Andrau opened Andrau Airpark in 1946. Cook, Lynn J. "Development plans ground Andrau airport" ''Houston Business Journal''. Sunday December 27, 1998. Retrieved on June 29, 2011. In 1964, Alief ISD built its oldest remaining school, Alief Elementary School (later renamed for teacher Cynthia Youens). By the same year, oilman Robert E. "Bob" Smith owned 11,000 acres of land including what is now the Westchase area. '''St. Agnes Academy''' is a Dominican (Dominican Order) college-preparatory school for young women grades 9 through 12 "Our Mission & History" ''St. Agnes Academy''. (c)2011. Retrieved July 14, 2011. in Houston (Houston, Texas), Texas, United States at the edge of both the Alief (Alief, Houston) and Sharpstown (Sharpstown, Houston) communities. The school operates within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston . Southwest The term "southwest Houston" often refers to the area that opened in the years following World War II, when they were considered to be suburbs, such as '''Alief (Alief, Houston)''', '''Fondren Southwest''', '''Meyerland (Meyerland, Houston, Texas)''', '''Sharpstown (Sharpstown, Houston, Texas)''' and '''Westbury (Westbury, Houston, Texas)'''. Alief is a large, ethnically diverse community which Houston began annexing in 1977. Fondren Southwest and Meyerland are centers of Houston's Jewish community. Sharpstown has large Hispanic and Asian American communities and was the first master-planned community in Houston. Also in the southwest is the Indian enclave, the Mahatma Gandhi District (Mahatma Gandhi District, Houston), informally known as Hilcroft. Westbury and Meyerland are becoming popular places for some gay men and lesbians to live, as real estate in the Neartown area has become more expensive as it has gentrified. '''Alief Kerr High School''' is a secondary school located in the Alief (Alief, Houston) community, near the city of Houston (Houston, Texas) in an unincorporated area of Harris County, Texas, in the United States. The school is a part of the Alief Independent School District and serves grades 9 through 12. Kerr High School was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence (Blue Ribbon Schools Program) by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive, during the 2010-11 school year. http: www2.ed.gov programs nclbbrs 2010 national.pdf District F District F serves areas in southwestern Houston. District F has a significant Vietnamese American community. Moran, Chris. "District F councilman facing both political, legal fights." ''Houston Chronicle''. Sunday October 9, 2011. Retrieved on November 5, 2011. District F includes much of the Alief (Alief, Houston), area other areas in Southwest Houston, Briarmeadow (Briarmeadow, Houston) and Tanglewilde (Tanglewilde, Houston). In 1985 District F included far Southwest Houston. It included Alief (Alief, Houston), Braeburn, Braeburn Valley West, Glenshire, Gulfton, Robindell (Robindell, Houston), and Sharpstown. In 1985 the district was 83% white. Hurst, Deborah. "Goodner stays away from focusing on gays in District F campaign." ''Houston Chronicle''. Monday October 21, 1985. Section 1, Page 10. Retrieved on August 8, 2011. In 2011 Briarmeadow and Tanglewilde, areas south of Westheimer Road which were previously in District G, were moved to District F, while the Bellaire Boulevard areas and Sharpstown were moved out of District F.


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Alief Montessori Groundbreaking ". March 26, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2011. In 2011 he nonprofit Children at Risk ranked the school among the ten best Houston area elementary schools. During that year, its per-pupil spending was $3,587, one of the lowest in the area. Mellon, Ericka. "Big spending may not spell school success in Houston." '' Houston


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with quickly growing African American, Hispanic, and Asian segments. Johnson, Stephanie. "Crime, drugs main issues in Dist. F race". ''Houston Chronicle''. November 3, 1991. Retrieved July 6, 2011. Previously, District F had a mostly white population. Alief ISD's student population was 24% African American by 1991. ref name "

, and Asian populations increased, the white population decreased. Rodriguez, Lori. "THE CENSUS Census study: White flight soars UH analysis spots segregation trend". ''Houston Chronicle''. April 15, 2001. Retrieved July 20, 2011. Researchers cited social class differences as the reason most white people moved away from

Alief. People with greater financial means of all ethnicities moved to further outlying suburbs with greater amenities and better performing schools during the period, while people with lesser financial means moved into the area to take advantage of newer housing and better amenities and schools than those that they left behind. The change was seen disproportionately in the white population since the white population was disproportionately wealthier. Allen G. Breed of the ''Associated Press'' wrote: "Alief is an impoverished, multicultural enclave where many of the business and street signs are in both English and one of several Asian languages. The district's 47,000 students speak nearly 70 tongues, and the number of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch over 70%.". Crime Alief continued to encounter common urban problems during the 1990s. Crimes committed by juveniles rose significantly, and by 1990, there were 60% more murders committed by juveniles in Harris County than there had been in 1986. Campbell, James T. "Teen crime wave on rise Recent slayings offshoot of increase in violence". ''Houston Chronicle''. September 20, 1991. Retrieved July 6, 2011. Violence associated with criminal gangs escalated. In 1993, five people were arrested when a dispute between rival gangs resulted in the murder of a teenager at a Halloween party. "Luck, hard work lead to arrest in gang-related shooting death". ''Houston Chronicle''. November 7, 1993. Retrieved July 6, 2011. Reactions to the rise in crime varied. In 1991, the candidates for the District F city council seat agreed that crime and drugs were the most important issues. By the same year, Alief ISD had added rules to its dress code forbidding students to wear gang attire. Sin, Stephanie A. "Dress-code debates still in vogue Fashions change, but controversy never goes away". ''Houston Chronicle''. September 2, 1991. Retrieved July 6, 2011. In 1992, Alief ISD began setting up metal detectors at high schools and athletic events to prevent students from carrying weapons. Hanson, Eric. ""Dramatic' arms deterrent cited in metal detector use at schools." ''Houston Cronicle''. October 16, 1993. Retrieved July 6, 2011. Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack declared 11 parks in his precinct, including Alief-Amity Park, drug-free zones with stiffer penalties for people caught possessing drugs. Greene, Andrea D. "Drug-free status for parks urged". ''Houston Chronicle''. October 19, 1993. Retrieved July 6, 2011. Alief ISD tested a uniform policy at three middle schools in 1996 and then mandated uniforms for all elementary, intermediate, and middle schools in 1997. Markley, Melanie and Ruth Rendon, Cindy Horswell,Patti Muck. "Schools find that students adopt uniform behavior". ''Houston Chronicle''. February 16, 1997. Retrieved July 15, 1997. Income Poverty increased in the area. Between 1991 and 1992, one area food bank received 43% more requests for food than it had in the preceding year. Martin, Norma. "Hunger increasing in middle-class neighborhoods, official says". ''Houston Chronicle''. March 26, 1993. Retrieved July 6, 2011. By 1995, large numbers of undocumented workers had moved to the area and were working for less than minimum wage. Vara, Richard. "He's helping his community". ''Houston Chronicle''. July 20, 1996. Retrieved July 15, 2011. The House of Amos opened in 1995 to help provide food and clothes to impoverished residents. Education Many developments in education took place in the 1990s in Alief. In 1993, Alief ISD instituted a rule which made passing the statewide standardized test, the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) Exit Exam, a requirement for high school graduation. Staff. "Area briefs". ''Houston Chronicle''. June 2, 1993. Retrieved July 6, 2011. Many parents protested the measure. In 1995, voters decided to allow Alief ISD to build the Hastings and Elsik Ninth Grade Centers. Staff. "Voters Decide Fate of Schools". ''Houston Chronicle''. December 2, 1995. Retrieved July 15, 2011. In 1998, voters approved funds for Alief ISD to use to build a new high school, Staff. "Alief voters pass school bonds issue". ''Houston Chronicle''. September 13, 1998. Retrieved July 15, 2011. which would later become Alief "Doc" Taylor. The period was also marked with political scandals. In 1991, a ballot box from the Boone Elementary polling location containing over 700 ballots went missing after the poll closed. Staff. "City set to probe missing ballot box". ''Houston Chronicle''. December 9, 1991. Retrieved July 6, 2011. In late 1994, David M. Henington, the director of the Houston Public Library, retired. In an article about his retirement plans he told the reporter he wanted personal computers placed in all of Houston's branch libraries so that all Houstonians could access the internet "information superhighway" during their visits. Dyer, R.A. "Public Library's chief set to retire His career in system spans 27 years". ''Houston Chronicle''. Section A, Page 33, 2 STAR Edition. November 26, 1994. Retrieved July 24, 2011. In 1996, the Henington-Alief Library began offering free internet access to the public. Sallee, Rod. "Library hops on superhighway Internet to soon be option at several public libraries". ''Houston Chronicle''. February 8, 1996. Retrieved July 15, 2011. The service was text-only and was limited to 20 minutes when other users were waiting to use the computers. The move by the Houston Public Library was intended to bring internet access to Houstonians who did not have a home computer and therefore did not have home access to the internet. Hurricane Katrina (2005) In 2005, Alief became home to many Hurricane Katrina evacuees. Radcliffe, Jennifer. "More sought for displaced students: Initiative asks $5 million to help schools in HISD, Alief deal with victims of Katrina". ''Houston Chronicle''. April 21, 2006. Retrieved July 21, 2011. More than 3,000 evacuees enrolled in Alief ISD schools. Alief ISD spent $12 million to accommodate Hurricane Katrina evacuees in 2005. Breed, Allen G. "Evacuee students find ways to fit in, make best of dislocation." ''Associated Press''. April 9, 2006. The United States government promised to reimburse the district, but in 2006 Alief had not yet received the money. Many of the students who were displaced by the hurricane were academically behind their Texas peers. In 2006, former United States President George H. W. Bush and Houston Mayor Bill White (Bill White (politician)) led a fundraising campaign to help Alief ISD and other districts pay for educating the displaced students. The influx of evacuees caused an escalation of gang violence '''St. Agnes Academy''' is a Dominican (Dominican Order) college-preparatory school for young women grades 9 through 12 "Our Mission & History" ''St. Agnes Academy''. (c)2011. Retrieved July 14, 2011. in Houston (Houston, Texas), Texas, United States at the edge of both the Alief (Alief, Houston) and Sharpstown (Sharpstown, Houston) communities. The school operates within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston . Southwest The term "southwest Houston" often refers to the area that opened in the years following World War II, when they were considered to be suburbs, such as '''Alief (Alief, Houston)''', '''Fondren Southwest''', '''Meyerland (Meyerland, Houston, Texas)''', '''Sharpstown (Sharpstown, Houston, Texas)''' and '''Westbury (Westbury, Houston, Texas)'''. Alief is a large, ethnically diverse community which Houston began annexing in 1977. Fondren Southwest and Meyerland are centers of Houston's Jewish community. Sharpstown has large Hispanic and Asian American communities and was the first master-planned community in Houston. Also in the southwest is the Indian enclave, the Mahatma Gandhi District (Mahatma Gandhi District, Houston), informally known as Hilcroft. Westbury and Meyerland are becoming popular places for some gay men and lesbians to live, as real estate in the Neartown area has become more expensive as it has gentrified. '''Alief Kerr High School''' is a secondary school located in the Alief (Alief, Houston) community, near the city of Houston (Houston, Texas) in an unincorporated area of Harris County, Texas, in the United States. The school is a part of the Alief Independent School District and serves grades 9 through 12. Kerr High School was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence (Blue Ribbon Schools Program) by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive, during the 2010-11 school year. http: www2.ed.gov programs nclbbrs 2010 national.pdf District F District F serves areas in southwestern Houston. District F has a significant Vietnamese American community. Moran, Chris. "District F councilman facing both political, legal fights." ''Houston Chronicle''. Sunday October 9, 2011. Retrieved on November 5, 2011. District F includes much of the Alief (Alief, Houston), area other areas in Southwest Houston, Briarmeadow (Briarmeadow, Houston) and Tanglewilde (Tanglewilde, Houston). In 1985 District F included far Southwest Houston. It included Alief (Alief, Houston), Braeburn, Braeburn Valley West, Glenshire, Gulfton, Robindell (Robindell, Houston), and Sharpstown. In 1985 the district was 83% white. Hurst, Deborah. "Goodner stays away from focusing on gays in District F campaign." ''Houston Chronicle''. Monday October 21, 1985. Section 1, Page 10. Retrieved on August 8, 2011. In 2011 Briarmeadow and Tanglewilde, areas south of Westheimer Road which were previously in District G, were moved to District F, while the Bellaire Boulevard areas and Sharpstown were moved out of District F.


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community ". ''Houston Chronicle''. July 20, 1996. Retrieved July 15, 2011. The House of Amos opened in 1995 to help provide food and clothes to impoverished residents. Education Many developments in education took place in the 1990s in Alief. In 1993, Alief ISD instituted a rule which made passing the statewide standardized test, the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) Exit Exam, a requirement for high school graduation


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and Highway 59 (U.S. Route 59 in Texas) on the south, Lee, Marie. "Alief Community Association." Alief Community Association, Inc. Retrieved June 28, 2011. " while the Alief Independent School District boundaries extend as far east as Gessner in some places. "site hosting Boundary%20Maps

Night High School nd. Retrieved July 4, 2011. In addition to school campuses, the district has several other facilities for students, staff, and administrators. The Leroy Crump Stadium "PKFHSPKFHS site hosting FrontPageFiles Student_Files aisdmap2007.pdf AISD Map 2007". ''Alief Independent School District''. 2007. Retrieved July 5, 2011. is home to many athletic events. The Steven Lloyd Ness Natatorium


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in southwestern Houston. District F has a significant Vietnamese American community. Moran, Chris. "District F councilman facing both political, legal fights." ''Houston Chronicle''. Sunday October 9, 2011. Retrieved on November 5, 2011. District F includes much of the Alief (Alief, Houston), area other


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to Mamie Burleson. In 1911, the Dairy School District was established and a three-story school was built. Community-School Relations Department (of Alief Independent School District). "Welcome." Alief Independent School District. Created on November 11, 2008 and updated on October 6, 2010

education. The schools are partially funded by taxpayers and are not allowed to charge tuition. The schools enjoy more freedom of administration than public schools. They are not affiliated with local school districts. Alief Montessori Community School Alief Montessori Community School is a charter school which offers prekindergarten through the fifth grade "Alief Montessori Community School ''Alief Montessori Community School''. nd. Retrieved July 4, 2011. following Montessori philosophy (Montessori education). Students are typically between 3 and 12 years old. The school was ranked among the top schools in the Houston area in 2011. The school has also been a Texas Exemplary School and a recipient of the Honor Roll School Award from the Texas Business and Education Coalition. "About Alief Montessori Community School ''Alief Montessori Community School''. nd. Retrieved July 4, 2011. The school is located at 12013 6th Street. As of July 2011, the school is undergoing an expansion. Groundbreaking on the expansion was held on March 26, 2010. "Alief Montessori Groundbreaking". March 26, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2011. In 2011 he nonprofit Children at Risk ranked the school among the ten best Houston area elementary schools. During that year, its per-pupil spending was $3,587, one of the lowest in the area. Mellon, Ericka. "Big spending may not spell school success in Houston." ''Houston Chronicle''. Monday April 18, 2011. Retrieved on December 30, 2011. Harmony Schools Two Harmony Public Schools (Harmony Science Academy) charter schools are in Alief (when Gessner is considered the boundary line for Alief). They are: Harmony School of Innovation, which offers grades K-8, "Harmony Public Schools in Houston". ''Harmony Public SchoolsSchool of Innovation''. nd. Retrieved July 5, 2011. and Harmony Science Academy High, which offers grades 9-12. KIPP: Knowledge Power Program Schools KIPP: the Knowledge Is Power Program operates charter schools which serve Alief. They include: KIPP SHINE Preparatory, which instructs prekindergarten through grade 4, "KIPP SHINE Preparatory". ''KIPP''. nd. Retrieved July 6, 2011. KIPP Academy Middle School, which instructs grades 5-8, "KIPP Academy Middle School". ''KIPP''. nd. Retrieved July 6, 2011. and "KIPP Sharpstown College Prep". ''KIPP''. nd. Retrieved July 6, 2011. -- KIPP Houston High School, which instructs grades 9-12. "KIPP Houston High School". ''KIPP''. nd. Retrieved July 6, 2011. Private Schools Christ the Lord Lutheran School Christ the Lord Lutheran School is located at 4410 S. Kirkwood Rd. "School" ''Christ the Lord Lutheran''. (c)2011. Retrieved July 14, 2011 The school instructs preschool through the eighth grade as part of the 4th largest private parochial school system in the United States, Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). The school has been in operation since 1972. Strake Jesuit College Preparatory '''St. Agnes Academy''' is a Dominican (Dominican Order) college-preparatory school for young women grades 9 through 12 "Our Mission & History" ''St. Agnes Academy''. (c)2011. Retrieved July 14, 2011. in Houston (Houston, Texas), Texas, United States at the edge of both the Alief (Alief, Houston) and Sharpstown (Sharpstown, Houston) communities. The school operates within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston . Southwest The term "southwest Houston" often refers to the area that opened in the years following World War II, when they were considered to be suburbs, such as '''Alief (Alief, Houston)''', '''Fondren Southwest''', '''Meyerland (Meyerland, Houston, Texas)''', '''Sharpstown (Sharpstown, Houston, Texas)''' and '''Westbury (Westbury, Houston, Texas)'''. Alief is a large, ethnically diverse community which Houston began annexing in 1977. Fondren Southwest and Meyerland are centers of Houston's Jewish community. Sharpstown has large Hispanic and Asian American communities and was the first master-planned community in Houston. Also in the southwest is the Indian enclave, the Mahatma Gandhi District (Mahatma Gandhi District, Houston), informally known as Hilcroft. Westbury and Meyerland are becoming popular places for some gay men and lesbians to live, as real estate in the Neartown area has become more expensive as it has gentrified. '''Alief Kerr High School''' is a secondary school located in the Alief (Alief, Houston) community, near the city of Houston (Houston, Texas) in an unincorporated area of Harris County, Texas, in the United States. The school is a part of the Alief Independent School District and serves grades 9 through 12. Kerr High School was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence (Blue Ribbon Schools Program) by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive, during the 2010-11 school year. http: www2.ed.gov programs nclbbrs 2010 national.pdf District F District F serves areas in southwestern Houston. District F has a significant Vietnamese American community. Moran, Chris. "District F councilman facing both political, legal fights." ''Houston Chronicle''. Sunday October 9, 2011. Retrieved on November 5, 2011. District F includes much of the Alief (Alief, Houston), area other areas in Southwest Houston, Briarmeadow (Briarmeadow, Houston) and Tanglewilde (Tanglewilde, Houston). In 1985 District F included far Southwest Houston. It included Alief (Alief, Houston), Braeburn, Braeburn Valley West, Glenshire, Gulfton, Robindell (Robindell, Houston), and Sharpstown. In 1985 the district was 83% white. Hurst, Deborah. "Goodner stays away from focusing on gays in District F campaign." ''Houston Chronicle''. Monday October 21, 1985. Section 1, Page 10. Retrieved on August 8, 2011. In 2011 Briarmeadow and Tanglewilde, areas south of Westheimer Road which were previously in District G, were moved to District F, while the Bellaire Boulevard areas and Sharpstown were moved out of District F.

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