Milby High School

Houston, Texas


Houston ISD


280,000 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


Milby High School, one of the oldest schools in Houston, brings modern updates and state-of-the-art technology to a historic school, built in 1926. Situated in an under-served part of Houston, the school is home to students from low-income families. Kirksey carefully renovated the facility and paid attention to every detail to ensure that Milby’s history was thoughtfully captured.

Designed to accommodate 2,000 students, the floor plan features new academic wings on both the north and south sides of the historic main building. Preservation and the reuse of original materials work in tandem with the modern “neighborhood” layouts. Glass walls increase visibility, and enhanced technology brings past and future together in one design.

A hidden balcony stair, revealed during construction, was transformed into a social gathering stair above the student cafeteria. Sections of the 1930s gym floor were repurposed for the stairs, and today, students use it for studying, socializing and gathering.

More than a school, Milby High serves as an anchor in the community—a beloved facility that generations of people respect and admire.

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Crow Island School Citation

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Interior Renovation

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Flooring by Mannington
Flooring by Shaw
Physical-Education Flooring by Robbins Sports Surfaces
Brick/Masonry by Acme Brick
Ceilings by USG
Ceramic Tile by Dal-Tile
Door Hardware by Best Access Systems
Door Hardware by Glynn-Johnson
Door Hardware by Hager
Door Hardware by Ives
Door Hardware by LCN Closers
Door Hardware by Schlage
Door Hardware by National Guard Products
Door Hardware by Pemko
Door Hardware by Precision Control Systems
Door Hardware by Stanley
Door Hardware by Von Duprin
Elevators by ThyssenKrupp Access
Insulation by Dow
Insulation by CertainTeed
Movable Partitions/Walls by Hufcor
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Plumbing by Bradley Corporation
Plumbing by American Standard
Plumbing by Zurn
Plumbing by Bemis
Plumbing by Fiat
Plumbing by Elkay
Plumbing by Chicago Faucets
Roofing by GAF Materials
Windows by ASSA ABLOY
Windows by Pella
Windows by Kawneer
Lighting & Accessories by Philips
Lighting & Accessories by Litecontrol
Emergency Lighting by Emergi-Lite
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Silent Knight
Security Systems by Nuvico
Security Systems by Berk-Tek
Locks by Best Access Systems
Locks by Glynn-Johnson
Locks by Hager
Locks by Ives
Locks by LCN Closers
Locks by National Guard Products
Office Furniture by HON
Science Furniture by Virco
Science Furniture by National Public Seating
Childcare Furniture by Childcraft
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Hand-Drying Equipment by Excel Dryer
Washroom Accessories by Bobrick
Washroom Fixtures by Bradley Corporation
Communications Systems by Telecor
HVAC Units by York
HVAC Control Devices by Johnson Controls
Draperies/Blinds by SWFcontract
Kitchen Equipment by Moduserve
Kitchen Equipment by Thermo-Kool
Kitchen Equipment by Metro
Kitchen Equipment by Berner
Kitchen Equipment by Hatco
Carpet by Interface
Doors by VT Industries
Lighting & Accessories by Axis Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Kirlin
Lighting & Accessories by Pinnacle Architectural Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Kenall Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Prisma
Locks by Pemko
Locks by Precision Control Systems
Locks by Stanley
Locks by Von Duprin
Card Systems by Continental
Card Systems by Aiphone
Auditorium/Assembly Furniture by Irwin Seating
Auditorium/Assembly Furniture by HON
Auditorium/Assembly Furniture by National Public Seating
Cafeteria Furniture by Virco
Classroom Furniture by HON
Classroom Furniture by Virco
Library/Media Center Furniture by HON
Lounge Furniture by Dauphin
Lounge Furniture by HON
Washroom Fixtures by American Standard
Washroom Fixtures by Zurn
Washroom Fixtures by Bemis
Washroom Fixtures by Fiat
Washroom Fixtures by Elkay
Washroom Fixtures by Chicago Faucets
Washroom/Shower Partitions by Scranton Products
Athletic Equipment by Draper
Bleachers/Grandstands by Hussey Seating
Scoreboards/Clocks by Spectrum
Kitchen Equipment by Pinnacle Storage Products
Kitchen Equipment by Countercraft
Kitchen Equipment by Southbend
Kitchen Equipment by Beverage Air
Kitchen Equipment by Cambro
Laundry Equipment by Unimac
Lockers by List Industries
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Best-Rite
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