Lubbock High School students used to enjoy a shorter school day on Fridays. Notice how I said "used to."

Photo courtesy: Darrell Maloney
Photo courtesy: Darrell Maloney

Despite pleas to the contrary, Lubbock High School will have to join the other high schools on a regular schedule beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.

The announcement was made Tuesday in an open letter to parents, students and other concerned parties.

At issue is the seven-hour rule in the Texas education code. If Lubbock ISD didn't comply, the least of their problems would be a loss of about $1 million a year in funding.

Westerners can plan on joining all other high schools on a regular Monday through Friday schedule of 8:15 a.m. to 3:55 p.m.

Officials are trying to put a positive spin on this news, citing new learning opportunities for the students, but they do seem to recognize that the shortened Fridays were a Lubbock High tradition.


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