I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA

1900 I.M. Terrell Way - 1910; 1937; 1956; 1959; 2018

  • I.M. Terrell Acadmey for STEM and VPA
    I.M. Terrell Acadmey for STEM and VPA
  • 1937 Building
    1937 Building
  • 1910 Building After Addition of Canopy
    1910 Building After Addition of Canopy
  • 1910 Building in 2005
    1910 Building in 2005

Historic Designations:

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
City of Fort Worth Demolition Delay



I.M. Terell Elementary School
I.M. Terrell High School
Andrew J. Chambers School


The portion of this building that directly faces south is the T-shaped 1910 Andrew J. Chambers School.  It served the Fort Worth Independent School District's Third Ward.  It was designed by Marion L. Waller and was built by the Innis-Graham Construction Company.  During the late 1920's, the neighborhood became primarily African-American and in 1931, it was renamed the East Eighteenth Street Colored School No. K.  In 1936, the Fort Worth School Board voted to convert the building into a high school.  This new high school was to be moved from its old location on East 13th Street.  The new high school carried the name of the old building of I.M. Terrell High School.  Isaiah Milligan Terrell (1859-1931) came to Fort Worth to head the first public school for African-Americans. 

Clyde Woodruff designed the 1937 addition, and it was constructed by Harry B. Friedman.  It was also a Works Progress Administration project.  The addition matched the original building in detailing and expanded the building to the north.  This new configuration oriented the building with its long facade on Cypress Street (renamed I.M. Terrell Way in 2004).  Both buildings feature yellow brick with cast stone trim.  In 1956, fourteen classrooms, a gymnasium, and a cafeteria were added to the north of the building.  This addition was designed by Hedrick and Stanley.  The styling of this addition was more of a modern style, but the yellow brick was still carried on as the dominant building material.  The extent of this addition allowed the building to travel down the hillside two levels below the main entry of the building.  The enlargement allowed the school to become a combination junior and senior high school.  In 1959, a technical shop building was constructed behind the 1937 addition.  The school was closed in 1973, but use continued for a few years as a continuing education center.  In 1998, the building was reopened as an elementary school and in 2004, E. 18th was renamed I.M. Terrell Circle S.

In 2013, Fort Worth voters approved the creation of both the Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math Academy (STEM) and the Visual & Performing Arts Academy (VPA). The School Board chose the site of the I.M. Terrell Elementary School as the location for the conversion of the existing building and construction of an addition. This returned the facility back into a high school. Corrigan Associates of Dallas designed the project. The addition has a high canopy that is above the 1910 original building that signifies the main entrance to the school. The new building utilizes The same color brick as the larger portion of the campus. It is 65,000 square feet on two levels. Inside, there is a new main auditorium that seats 600 on the main floor and 300 in the balcony. The main stage is a full fly loft proscenium stage, with full rigging capacity.  The existing auditorium had upgrades to the lighting and sound system, and is used as another flexible performance/presentation space. Part of the 1910 building was converted into a museum and meeting space for the alumni.

Architectural Style:
Varies by addition

Waller & Field
Woodruff & Slyke
Hedrick & Stanley
Corrigan Associates

Public School