This month, we’re spotlighting Downtown Austin, Texas. This week, we’ll be taking a look at the schools and employers in and around this neighborhood right in the middle of the action.
The only school actually located downtown is Pease Elementary, which is ranked Recognized. Pease is an all-transfer school and is the oldest continually operating school in the state of Texas. It is popular with many people who work downtown. Downtown residents in grades Kindergarten through sixth attend nearby Matthews Elementary, which is ranked Exemplary by the TEA.
Middle School students who reside downtown attend O. Henry Middle School, whose mascot is the Mustang and who is named for the famous writer and Austin resident O. Henry.
Downtown students who are in grades nine through twelve attend Austin High School, located right on the edge of downtown. Austin High is over 130 years old and its mascot is Mr. Maroon.
As far as employers, there are jobs aplenty available in downtown Austin. Whole Foods Market has their world headquarters downtown, at the corner of 6th and Lamar. Whole Foods started with just one store in Austin in 1978 and has grown to over 330 locations across the country employing over 58,000 people. Whole Foods specializes in organic and natural products and has consistently been ranked among the most socially responsible businesses in the nation.
GSD&M is another downtown Austin employer. An advertising agency founded by four University of Texas graduates in 1971, their headquarters is across the street from Whole Foods.
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