This article was originally printed by Houston Independent School District in 2007.

Lantrip Elementary School teachers and students commemorated the school’s rich history in the Eastwood community and celebrated their new building at a formal dedication ceremony on October 24, 2007.

“Today we celebrate our past and our future,” said Lantrip Principal Matilda Orozco. “More than 90 years ago, Dora Lantrip had a vision of providing excellent educational opportunities for our children. She would be happy to see what Lantrip has become. Thanks to Houston voters who supported the last bond issue, we have a state-of-the-art school with three science labs, the latest technology, and an outdoor learning center.”

“It is always a great opportunity to come to a school dedication,” said Superintendent of Schools Abelardo Saavedra. “This is an opportunity for the community to celebrate its children and for us to thank the community for supporting our school system.

“Lantrip is one of the most successful projects of the 2002 bond issue,” Dr. Saavedra said. “The innovative design enabled us to provide the high-quality facility our children need while preserving the architecture and historical significance of the original building.”

HISD Board Trustee Diana D├ívila, who did her student teaching at Lantrip, shared her thoughts about the new school. “This is a special moment, not only for Lantrip, but also for the city of Houston. This fabulous building is a gem in our community.”

Students then performed a skit and accompanying musical performance that highlighted the school’s history and Environmental Science Magnet Program, which teaches students the relationship between people and the Earth. The school opened in 1916 as Eastwood Elementary and was renamed Dora B. Lantrip Elementary in recognition of the school’s first principal, who had a keen interest in horticulture and gardening. Lantrip teachers and staff members work to incorporate outdoor learning into the school’s unique curriculum.

East Region Executive Principal Patsy Cavazos formally dedicated the school. “This campus is a history lesson in itself. At more than 90 years old, Lantrip is one of oldest HISD schools still in use. Our board’s vision has become reality. This state-of-the-art campus houses not only the Magnet program but also other specialized programs such as music.

“Creating this new facility has not been easy. We have faced many challenges, but our commitment to learning and providing students everything they need always came first in creating this high-performing campus. On behalf of HISD, I dedicate this school to the students, the parents, and the community.”

Principal Orozco closed the ceremony by asking guests as they toured the new building to remember that “We have come here to remember the past, appreciate the present, and look forward to the future.”

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