Alief, Houston

What is Alief, Houston known for?


local agricultural

. "Agent reflects on change in county agriculture". ''Houston Chronicle''. July 14, 1985. Retrieved July 3, 2011. Antosh, Nelson. "From fertile to fallow Wounded by urban sprawl and market flux, the local agricultural tradition is dwindling". ''Houston Chronicle''. March 31, 1996. Retrieved July 15, 2011. The last cotton gin in Alief closed in 1976, and the area ceased growing cotton altogether by 1982. Alief was one of the last places where cotton had been grown in Harris County. Dairy, cattle, vegetable production, and rice production also declined. Urban development took the place of agriculture. In the spring of 1985, Houston Fire Station #76 was opened to serve the Alief area. Mintz, Bill. "Updating fire apparatus a priority". ''Houston Chronicle''. May 11, 1985. Retrieved July 3, 2011. The Alief Branch Library (since renamed the David M. Henington-Alief Regional Library) was also opened in 1985. Mintz, Bill and Burke Watson. "Mayor Whitmire proposes $1.29 billion city budget". ''Houston Chronicle''. May 11, 1985. Retrieved July 3, 2011. Staff. "Library's 30th branch to be dedicated today". ''Houston Chronicle''. August 18, 1985. Retrieved July 3, 2011. As a sign of the community's growing diversity, the ''Houston Chronicle'' noted that the library staff spoke, "a variety of languages, including Hindi, Mandarin Chinese and Farsi," when the library first opened. West Houston Medical Center was constructed in 1985 as well. Staff. "Maternal instincts of a bird again interrupts business". ''Houston Chronicle''. June 14, 1985. Retrieved July 2, 2011. "Our Hospital'. ''West Houston Medical Center''. (c)1999-2010. Retrieved July 2, 2011. The Alief General Hospital building was abandoned. The Fame City entertainment complex and water park (which later became Fun Plex and Adventure Bay) held its grand opening in 1986. Spies, Michael. "FAME CITY". ''Houston Chronicle''. June 12, 1986. Retrieved July 3, 2011. Fame City featured roller skating, movie theaters, a sound studio, miniature golf, bumper-cars, bowling, alley, games, rides, an arcade, restaurants and shops indoors, and a 10 acre water park outdoors. The Alief Brown and Root building closed in May 1987, but was reopened in November 1988 when the industry saw increased growth. Andrau Airpark was sold to the Camden Trust in 1988, although the airport continued to operate. '''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.


current term

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main high

; Holmes, Cecile S. and Robert Vara. "35 years of faith". ''Houston Chronicle''. December 14, 1996. Retrieved July 15, 2011. The district's main high schools, Hastings and Elsik, were the two largest high schools in Texas. Alief ISD estimated a total enrollment of 39,000 students in the district, with 8,582 students attending either Hastings or Elsik. ref


year time

and 1985. Between 1980 and 1985, approximately a third of the population growth experienced by Harris County occurred in the southwest quadrant of the county bounded by the Katy and South (288) freeways, with Alief accounting for half of that, or one-sixth of the overall growth of the county during that five-year time frame. The Alief Independent School District struggled to find room for all of the new students. ref name "


academic skills

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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; ref The City of Houston stated on its website that the "legendary diversity" in Alief "is evident in the large section of Asian residents and businesses along Bellaire Boulevard. " According to the Alief Independent School District in 2011, "Virtually every culture of the modern world is represented in the district's 45,000 student enrollment; more than 80 languages and dialects are spoken," ref name "


offering free

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. ref>


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"HPL's Named Buildings." ''Houston Public Library''. Retrieved on November 16, 2008. The branch is located at 7979 South Kirkwood Street "Henington-Alief Regional Library." ''Houston Public Library''. Retrieved on November 16, 2008. and was originally named the Alief Branch Library when it opened in 1985. ref name "

;MintzLibrary" The library was later named for David M. Henington, who served as the Director of the Houston Public Library for 26 years. "Library's Named Buildings". ''Houston Public Library''. Retrieved July 4, 2011. The Houston Public Library system had a holding of 3,951,035 in the 2008 fiscal year ref name "HPLFacts


school award

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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vip_cops.htm VOLUNTEER INITIATIVES PROGRAM - Citizens Offering Police Support ." ''City of Houston''. Retrieved on November 16, 2008. in the Alief area. Warren, Mike. "Area police officer honored for patrol on Richmond strip Business group salutes HPD sergeant." ''Houston Chronicle''. Wednesday September 20, 2000. ThisWeek 3. Retrieved on May 27, 2012. In 2000 the police department's Westwood Storefront in the Westwood Mall (Westwood Mall (Houston, Texas)) was scheduled to open before the month of May in the year 2000; it is the first police storefront to open in Alief. Construction delays foiled plans to open the storefront at the end of 1999 and in March 2000. Mangin, Charles de. "Alief 's first New police storefront set to open." ''Houston Chronicle''. Wednesday March 15, 2000. ThisWeek 1. Retrieved on December 30, 2011. Harris County Sheriff's Office serves unincorporated sections of Harris County. The Alief area outside of Houston is within the District IV Patrol Bureau, headquartered at the Clay Road Substation at 16715 Clay Road. District IV Patrol Map. ''Harris County Sheriff's Office''. Retrieved on November 16, 2008. "District IV." ''Harris County Sheriff's Office''. Retrieved on November 16, 2008. The Mission Bend Storefront is located at 7043 Highway 6 South (Texas State Highway 6). Alief ISD Police Department Serves the Alief Independent School District as it's Law Enforcement agency. Alief ISD Police keep staff, students, facilities and the Public safe. Alief ISD Police respond to other agencies in need of assistance in the surrounding Harris County and Houston area. Medical services Hospital West Houston Medical Center is located on West Houston Center Blvd. The current location was constructed in 1985. West Houston Medical Center is an HCA member hospital. "West Houston Medical Center" (in scrolling graphic). ''HCA Gulf Coast''. nd. Retrieved July 6, 2011. The facility has 410 physicians, 742 total employees, and 195 beds. "West Houston Medical Center". ''US News & World Report Health''. (c) 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2011. The center houses an emergency room which had annual visits of 47,156 in the year which was most currently reported as of July 2011. The center also has a cardiovascular services area, a women's center, a cancer center, a gamma knife, and many other services. ''US News & World Report Health'' ranked West Houston Medical Center the #18 hospital in Houston as of July 2011. Government-funded healthcare thumb El Franco Lee Health Center (File:LeeElFrancoHealthCenter.JPG) The El Franco Lee Health Center in Alief, operated by the Harris County Hospital District, opened on May 19, 2009. "El Franco Lee Health Center." ''Harris County Hospital District''. Accessed April 26, 2009. Prior to the opening, the closest facility was the People's Health Center. The district said in a 2006 ''Houston Chronicle'' article that it planned to build a health care facility in Alief. Kumar, Seshadri. "County plans Alief health center Twelve-acre facility would be largest in HCHD." ''Houston Chronicle''. Thursday October 26, 2006. ThisWeek 5. Retrieved on May 25, 2009. The center has '''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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