El Paso’s Jefferson High School Is Being Demolished This Year
Yes, it's true; Thomas Jefferson High School in central El Paso is set for demolition later this summer.
Jefferson High School is home to the Silver Foxes and one of the nationally recognized magnet schools on campus with careers in the medical field.
Since 2016 the school has been going through a major makeover thanks to an El Paso Independent School District bond that approved modernization construction improvements, including the demolition of the original building.
Jefferson High School opened in 1947 (formerly Burleson Elementary) to help with the overcrowding of students at the time. Seventy-five years later, the iconic school will be torn down later this summer and will serve as a new parking lot located next to the new 3-story school that has already gone up.
As sad as that may be, students and staff are getting a new school that will feature a new cafeteria, library, and science labs. Other amenities include a new athletics weight room, renovations to the auxiliary gym, new softball and baseball fields, and school bus loops and parking lots.
Currently, staff and students are still using the building but come this summer; the school will come down in what's sure to be a bitter-sweet event.
But, before La Jeff gets torn down, Silver Foxes might want to take a picture in front of the school as a keepsake while helping usher in the new class of 2023 and their modern campus.