Each Cy-Fair ISD elementary and middle school bears a name honoring a former district employee or leader. With CFISD adding new schools almost every year, the school naming process has become an annual occurrence. The following is a description of each school’s namesake, some with photos of the people and families who had a school named for them.
Source: Cy-Fair ISD/Community Impact Newspaper
Berta Dean came to Fairbanks in 1932 and taught in the district for 25 years before retiring in 1957.
Mary and Forrest Arnold served a combined 84 years in CFISD at Cy-Fair High School and numerous other positions.
Ernest Stephen Post served on the board of trustees for 26 years. He moved to Fairbanks in 1917.
Before the consolidation of CFISD, Ernestine Matzke was responsible for helping rural schools join the Cypress district.
Lillie Holbrook came to Fairbanks in 1932 and went on to work for the district for 32 years.
The elementary school was renamed after G.A. Lamkin, who was the district’s superintendent in the 1940s.
Community leader B.F. Adam served 24 years on the board of trustees and raised four sons who attended CFISD schools.
J.F. Bane served on the board of trustees for 25 years and was one of the key players in consolidating the Cypress and Fairbanks school systems.
Karl Bleyl worked as a teacher, principal, coordinator and consultant for 20 years in CFISD.
T.S. Hancock was superintendent of CFISD from 1955-67. He was known for innovative practices, such as open-concept schools.
The Yeagers began teaching in CFISD in 1949 and taught for nearly 50 years combined in the district.
E.A. Millsap was CFISD’s first superintendent and played a key role in the consolidation of the Cypress and Fairbanks districts.
Herman Lieder was born where Cy-Fair HS stands, and his wife, Marie, was born in the former Neudorf District.
Bud Campbell served on the board of trustees for 13 years and was a charter member of the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation.
Frank Francone started as a district mechanic in 1950, and his brother John was a custodian at Fairbanks Elementary.
Magdalene Horne served as a teacher for 36 years in CFISD.
Les Moore was the first director of guidance and announced football games. His wife, Bettie, taught at Bane ES.
M.O. Lowery and his family moved to Cy-Fair in 1929. He served on the board of trustees and other civic organizations.
Lucile Frazier was the former secretary for Superintendent Allen Labay and the board of trustees.
Carlos Watkins was the principal of Cy-Fair HS. He retired from the district in 1989.
Carl was principal of Post ES, and his wife, Eleanor, taught in the Humble area. The two taught for 85 combined years.
Peggy Wilson was secretary at Cy-Fair High School and secretary to the superintendent.
Allen F. Labay served as superintendent during a period of rapid growth in the district. He worked for CFISD for 27 years.
Jack Emmott served on the CFISD board of trustees for 21 years. His wife was a district employee for 21 years.
Tom J. Holmsley served on the board of trustees for 18 years. He was also an active volunteer in the community.
Charles B. Cook served on the board of trustees and as a Texas Ranger.
Wanda McCain Jowell graduated from Cy-Fair HS and served on the board of trustees for 21 years.
Bernice Fiest served as a teacher, coach, librarian and principal and was certified by the state in seven areas of education.
Ramona Schmidt Bang was a secretary before she was promoted to a supervisor role in the business department.
Fred was the science department chairman at Cy-Fair HS and his wife, Louise, was a social studies chairwoman.
June and Roy Metcalf served a combined 65 years in CFISD as teachers and administrators.
Ronnie Truitt coached the Cy-Fair HS basketball team before becoming a principal at several campuses.
Jewel Roper Hairgrove served as a counselor, dean of students, grade-level principal, and director of guidance and counseling. She began at CFISD in 1966.
Dolores was a librarian, and her husband, Raymond, was the first maintenance and transportation director.
William C. Copeland served as the district’s tax assessor and collector for nearly 30 years. He retired in 1992.
Opal Hamilton worked as a vocational adjustment coordinator, director of special education and assistant superintendent.
Robbie Hunt Sheridan served as principal at Matzke, Holbrook and Lieder along with her namesake campus when it originally opened.
T.A. “Bubba” Willbern served as a coach, teacher and administrator for 40 years in CFISD.
Donald O. Thornton served as a teacher, coach, associate superintendent and superintendent in 28 years in CFISD.
Norma Sanders Ault retired from CFISD in 1995. She helped open Hancock, Emmott and Bang elementaries and served as a principal for 22 years.
Jane Farney spent 20 years in the district and retired in 1999 after serving as principal of Lowery and Hamilton elementary schools.
Margaret Moore Gleason was a principal in CFISD for 26 years before retiring in 1998. She also served as a teacher at Post and Bane elementaries.
Shirley Kirk spent 28 years teaching home economics and life science in CFISD before she retired in 1994.
Sandra Bales Walker served as a secretary in the district for 25 years and worked with three superintendents until she retired in 1997.
Charles M. Goodson worked as a teacher, coach, counselor, principal and associate superintendent over the course of 26 years in CFISD.
Jan. H. Aragon taught at Cy-Fair HS and served as an assistant principal and principal at several campuses.
Nancy Marsh Sampson worked in the district for 32 years and opened Adam, Horne and Hairgrove elementaries.
Barbara Warren Birkes taught at Bane and Lamkin elementaries and served as a principal at Post and Jowell elementaries before retiring in 1994.
A. Robison ES
Arlene Robison served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal in CFISD and helped open Francone and Willbern elementaries.
Jane Maloy Tipps served as a counselor and principal in the district before opening Ault ES and serving as principal until 2002.
Peggy Duryea served in a number of different roles, including teacher, counselor, principal and associate superintendent.
Gwen Keith served as a teacher, elementary science coordinator, assistant principal, team leader and principal at several schools in CFISD. She retired in 2002.
Thomas M. Danish served as a principal in the district for 17 years at Post and Lamkin elementaries. His first assignment was as a teacher at Matzke ES.
Julia Williams Kahla taught English and served as a director of instruction, associate principal and assistant principal in 32 years in CFISD.
LaFaye Johnson Lee worked for 35 years in the district as a teacher, counselor, coordinator and director of academic achievement. She retired in 2003.
Carolyn Stamm Spillane served as teacher, associate principal, director of secondary education and assistant superintendent in CFISD.
Woodie Coker Andre’ retired in 2004 after spending more than 25 years working for the district. She worked as a teacher and principal in the district.
Royce Black worked at Cy-Fair HS for 33 years, serving as a social studies teacher, team leader and department chairman before retiring in 2005.
Richard E. Berry served as superintendent from 1992-2004.
Joan Postma taught math and computer literacy. She was promoted to director of technology support services.
George E. Hopper was a teacher, coach and assistant principal at Jersey Village High School.
Patti Becker McFee worked in the district for 28 years as a paraprofessional and in human resources.
Couple Bob and Bobbie Warner were teachers, swim coaches and principals during their 66 combined years at CFISD.
John Edward Hemmenway served as the district’s first middle school choir director for 31 years.
M. Robinson ES
Marie Williams Robinson worked as a school nurse in the district and was promoted to director of health services in 1974.
Jodie Blair Smith began as a teacher in CFISD and served as an assistant principal and principal. She also served as an assistant superintendent before retiring in 2003.
Deanna Swenke served as associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction until retiring in 2008. She worked in CFISD for 38 years.
Debbie Emery came to CFISD in 1978. She worked as a teacher, librarian, principal and an associate superintendent.
Betty Cody Rennell served as a principal and district administrator in CFISD before retiring from an assistant superintendent position.
Cheryl Salyards served CFISD for 36 years. She was an associate superintendent before retiring.
Margie Sue Pope served as a teacher, administrator and principal for more than 18 years with CFISD.
David Anthony served as superintendent for seven years in CFISD. He also worked as a principal, teacher and superintendent in other districts across Texas.
Sadie Woodard retired in 2008 after serving as a teacher, counselor, principal, senior director of counseling and guidance, and assistant superintendent of guidance and counseling in CFISD.