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‘Charging’ Into a New School Year

 

In light of the beginning of another school year, we wanted to highlight another of G.W. Mitchell Construction’s well known school projects, the construction of Winston Churchill High School.

By the early 1960’s, the ever growing city of San Antonio was bursting at its seams with residents continuing to settle further North, expanding the city limits. Residents began establishing several small municipalities landlocked within the city of San Antonio including Hill Country Village, Hollywood Park and Castle Hills. Consequently, the North East Independent School District’s two public high schools at the time had enrollment numbers that continued to increase beyond the schools’ capacities. In 1960, a bond was passed which allowed for construction of two new high schools in the NEISD. G.W. Mitchell Construction was commissioned five years later to build a brand new high school that would become one of the most well attended and revered public high schools in San Antonio.

In the spring of 1965, Mitchell began construction on the 135,000 square foot Winston Churchill High School for a contracted amount of $1.6 million. By the middle of the summer of ’66, the project was complete and the school was ready for its first students to attend classes. Since 1966, Churchill High School has continued to grow in size and excel academically. With a current enrollment of just under 3,000 students, the Churchill Chargers rank in the top 1% of all high schools in the country. Additionally, for the past nine years, every Churchill graduate has been accepted to college. The schools motto of “Never, never, never, never give up,” which was taken from a Winston Churchill quote, continues to ring true throughout the halls of this historic and well-renowned school.