A website specializing in landscapes has listed El Paso High School as one of the 14 most picture-worthy campuses in the United States — another honor for the Henry Trost-designed landmark that is turning 100 years old this year.
LawnStarter, an Austin-based landscaping startup, this week released its list of the Top 14 Picturesque High School Campuses in the United States. The list was compiled using a combination of grand architecture and splendid scenery.
El Paso High School is ranked No. 10 and it is the only Texas school that made the list.
“El Paso High is a special school and it is no surprise that people outside of our community have taken notice,” said Principal Kristine Ferret. “There is so much history in this building. But most importantly, there is also quality teaching and learning going on inside of it.”
Opened in 1916, the campus was designed by famed southwest architect Henry Trost using Greco Roman inspiration. El Paso High overlooks the city and its majestic columns overlook Jones Stadium, one of the most unique football fields in the country.
The writers of the list noted that Trost’s architecture “commands your attention” and made special mention of supposed ghosts that haunt “La High.”
This special commendation by LawnStarter comes as the school gets ready to celebrate its centennial. Administrators, students and alumni have planned parties, lectures, tours and other special events in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the opening of El Paso High School.