Surprise bid

St. Thomas High School bids whopping amount for coveted HISD property

St. Thomas High School bids whopping amount for coveted HISD property

High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice street corner
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St. Thomas High School has submitted a whopping $60 million bid for HISD's Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice High School property at Memorial and Shepherd, besting its rival by $11 million.

Since June, the all-male Catholic school — which sits next to the coveted inner-loop lot — has been vying for the property to expand its campus. St. Thomas' current competitor, ELK Mountain, entered a bid of more than $49 million with the hopes of creating a centrally-located luxury residential complex.

“The future is bright for St. Thomas High School," read a statement from school officials handed to the Houston Chronicle at a Friday HISD meeting. "Our highest bid for the property adjacent to our northern border ensures that the same young men across our city can continue to be educated for a generation moving forward.”

During the last bidding round in mid-October, St. Thomas offered $45 million compared to ELK's $48 million. District officials responded to those offers with a request for final bids due Friday.

HISD trustees are expected to make a decision about the sale of the property next Thursday.