Nice news for the El Paso Independent School District this week as two of its schools were named as the most beautiful in Texas in separate publications. Transmountain Early College High School ranked 22 out of the top 25 schools in the state on Aceable.com's list. Meanwhile, El Paso High ranked sixth on that same list, but also took the top honors as Texas' most beautiful school in a piece published by Architectural Digest this week.

Aceable had this to say about TECHS:

A collection of small, Spanish-style buildings, Transmountain Early College High School rests in the shadows of the stunning Franklin Mountains. The understated campus lets the natural beauty of the Trans-Pecos region shine. -- Aceable.com.

And this to say about EPHS:

Overlooking downtown El Paso and resting at the foot of the Franklin Mountains, this Greco-Roman style high school is considered one of the area’s architechtural masterpieces. Its football field, which is partially encircled by the school building, was named one of the “high school stadiums to see before you die” by MaxPreps.com. -- Aceable.com

Architectural Digest added this about EPHS:

Opened in 1916, the grand Neoclassical El Paso High School, designed by firm Trost & Trost, takes the nickname “the Lady on the Hill.” The school overlooks R. R. Jones Stadium, the first major stadium built of concrete in the U.S. -- Architectural Digest

El Paso High remains the oldest operating high school in the Lone Star State, and EPHS has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1980. This week's list is just one in a long list of accolades for the design of the school. EPHS is routinely making lists of the most beautiful schools in America:

  • Southern Living: " The South's Most Beautiful High Schools"
  • Lawnstarter.com:  "Report Card: The 14 Most Picturesque High School Campuses in the U.S.
  • MaxPreps.com: "10 High School Football Stadiums to See Before You Die"
  • PureWow.com: "The 9 Most Beautiful High Schools in America"