|History of the school|
History of S. H. Gates Elementary School
Samuel Houston Gates Elementary school was constructed in the early part of 1965 at 510 Morningview Drive. The school opened for classes September 1, 1965 with 864 students and 27 teachers. The split level construction was built at a cost of $750,000.
The school was built to relieve the crowded situation at Riley Elementary-Junior School (now Martin Luther King Academy). The school is named after Mr. Samuel Houston Gates, former principal of Grant Elementary and Douglas Junior High School. The school was dedicated in his honor on March 9, 1965, two weeks before his demise.
He was the first local African American to have a school named after him in San Antonio, Texas.