A Year After Harvey

How STE and student families are recovering from year-old devastation

Karah Phang , Writer

In late August 2017, Hurricane Harvey swept through Houston, Katy, Galveston, and other neighboring cities. More than a year later, many student families are still rebuilding their homes.


“We knew Harvey was coming, and so we tried our best to prepare.  We put everything in the house up fourteen inches, but we got three feet of water.” Kate Grimley ‘21 said.


The Grimley’s whole lower floor flooded. For a year, they lived on the second floor of their house.


“In February we lifted, so our house is currently up five feet and we are actually almost done,” Kate said.  


The STE campus was inundated: the middle and lower school buildings and administrative offices were rendered unusable and will be demolished.

“We’re having meetings weekly with FEMA, and they will give us the date when we can do that,” Dale King, head of upper school, said.  


The middle and upper schools will occupy a new three story building topped by a terrace overlooking downtown Houston. The lower school will then move into the current upper school building.


Current plans are for construction to start in May 2019 and be completed by the end of 2020.