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While historically African-American high schools in Houston such as Jack Yates, Booker T. Washington, Kashmere and Worthing utilized the recent University Interscholastic League re-alignment to move into Class 3A, Fifth Ward’s Phillis Wheatley High School resisted the temptation.

Due to dwindling enrollments of 1,000 students or less, Yates, Washington, Kashmere and Worthing have joined with Sterling, Jones, Furr and Scarborough to form District 23-3A.

Meanwhile, Wheatley will continue to reside in Class 4A with eight other members of the Houston Independent School District.

Wheatley’s enrollment of 1,042 students ranks last in District 21-4A, which includes Sharpstown (1,290), Reagan (2,067), Waltrip (1,735), North Forest (1,291), Milby (2,043), Austin (1,837), Jeff Davis (1,598) and Lee (1,591).

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