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School History

The name of this alternative campus for high school students was changed in June 2006 to memorialize a Lanier High School graduate who became the first Hispanic pediatrician at Robert B. Green Hospital. Formerly the Alamo Achievement Center, the school relocated to 1112 S. Zarzamora St. – originally the site of David Barkley Elementary – in the fall of 2005.

The achievement center previously was housed at two other former SAISD schools:

  • 1995 to 2005 – 1811 S. Laredo St., formerly Johnson Elementary.
  • 1986 to 1995 – 237 W. Travis St., formerly Sam Houston Elementary.

History of 1112 S. Zarzamora St. From 1919 when it opened - until 1921 – the site was known as School #32 until named for David Barkley, a San Antonian who lost his life in World War I and posthumously was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. However, a 1925 school directory lists the name as “Barclay,” a spelling which continued to be used interchangeably with Barkley in numerous SAISD documents and daily newspaper accounts through the mid-1960s. During the 2002-03 school year, the Barkley site was used for SAISD administrative offices and its students transferred to the new school built on the site of Ruiz Elementary.


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