History of George T. Abell Junior High
George T. Abell Jr. High was dedicated on Sunday, October 24, 1993. Jack Hightower, president of the MISD Board of Trustees, presided over the ribbon-cutting ceremony and presentation of a portrait of Mr. Abell to the district.
George Abell would be proud of the vivid cobalt-blue, conical-shaped gales, the wide open interiors of the 150,000 square foot facility.
Abell Jr. High opened its doors to a student population of 850 in the 1993-1994 school year.
Instead of chalkboards and chalk dust, specially coated magnetic write-on, wipe off boards are in every classroom. Waving a hand in front of motion sensors in bathroom sinks turns faucets on and off, conserving water and enhances sanitation.
Colors in learning environments are cool grays and blues, which have a calming effect on students. In the common areas, band hall and physical education areas, the colors change to shades of red, as the intensity of activity increases.
A two-story industrial technology area features large garage door access, chain hoist and pull-down electrical outlets. The industrial tech area, as well as science classrooms which surround an interior science atrium, all feature safety equipment, including eyewash baths. A row of computers replace the traditional card catalog in the library, which still has solid reference books.
Glass-doored, soundproof practice rooms line the hall across from the spacious band hall, which features see-through instrument lockers.