In 4-3 vote, Pflugerville ISD unveils Middle School No. 7's name

"There were so many great names ... from historical to geographical to community sites, to individuals and to families," Pflugerville ISD board member Tony Hanson said ahead of the name's formal approval. (Rendering courtesy Pflugerville ISD)
"There were so many great names ... from historical to geographical to community sites, to individuals and to families," Pflugerville ISD board member Tony Hanson said ahead of the name's formal approval. (Rendering courtesy Pflugerville ISD)

"There were so many great names ... from historical to geographical to community sites, to individuals and to families," Pflugerville ISD board member Tony Hanson said ahead of the name's formal approval. (Rendering courtesy Pflugerville ISD)

In a 4-3 vote Nov. 5, the Pflugerville ISD board of trustees voted to name Middle School No. 7 Bohls Middle School, paying homage to one of the city's founding families. Following hundreds of submissions from PfISD community members during the fall, the final decision came down to Bohls Middle School and the proposed Carmel Middle School, in recognition of the area subdivision.

The name Bohls traces its roots back to 1860, when William Bohls established a general store and post office 15 miles north of the Colorado River, edged along the blackland prairies. Bohls named the town Pflugerville in honor of Henry Pfluger, per city historical documents. Pfluger left Germany in the midst of the Prussian War and arrived in the region in 1849, purchasing 160 acres of land east of Austin, per documents.

Based on submissions received by community members, the more popular name suggestion was Carmel Middle School, board member Renae Mitchell said while presenting the options. Board member Tony Hanson said the community had presented an array of strong nominations, each aiming to pay tribute to the spirit of the city.

"There were so many great names ... from historical to geographical to community sites, to individuals and to families," Hanson said.

However, board member Larry Bradley said while the community was invited to submit nominations, ultimately the decision comes down to the seven votes executed by the board. Both Bradley and board member Brian Allen said it is crucial to consider the historical value of Pflugerville's ancestors and to take that into context when making significant district decisions.


"We would not be here before the people who came here before us," Bradley said.

Per PfISD tradition, the board determines the names of new campuses entering into the district, while the school's principal and students then decide what the mascot and school colors will be.

"That's going to be their community to pick that part and will have a say in it," PfISD board President Vernagene Mott said.
By Kelsey Thompson
Kelsey Thompson is the reporter for Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto, where her work focuses on education, city government and community development. Originally from Upstate New York, Kelsey relocated to Austin after graduating from Syracuse University in May 2019.


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