Houston's new mayor a Stall High School grad



The Houston Chronicle profiled new Houston Mayor Annise Parker today. Her election made Houston the biggest U.S. city with an openly gay mayor.

Among the biographical tidbits is a note about her time in Charleston as a teenager struggling to understand her sexuality.


As a senior at R.B. Stall High School in Charleston, S.C., she was a high jumper and long jumper on the women's track team and a member of the school's Ecology Club, National Honor Society and Christian Youth Fellowship. She graduated in 1974, won a coveted National Merit Scholarship and enrolled at Rice University, the only college she had ever wanted to attend.

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