Cy-Fair ISD School Name History

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

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Dean MS
Berta Dean came to Fairbanks in 1932 and taught in the district for 25 years before retiring in 1957.

Arnold MS
Mary and Forrest Arnold served a combined 84 years in CFISD at Cy-Fair High School and numerous other positions.

Post ES
Ernest Stephen Post served on the board of trustees for 26 years. He moved to Fairbanks in 1917.

Matzke ES
Before the consolidation of CFISD, Ernestine Matzke was responsible for helping rural schools join the Cypress district.

Holbrook ES
Lillie Holbrook came to Fairbanks in 1932 and went on to work for the district for 32 years.

Lamkin ES
The elementary school was renamed after G.A. Lamkin, who was the district’s superintendent in the 1940s.

Adam ES
Community leader B.F. Adam served 24 years on the board of trustees and raised four sons who attended CFISD schools.

Bane ES
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.

Bleyl MS
Karl Bleyl worked as a teacher, principal, coordinator and consultant for 20 years in CFISD.

Hancock ES
T.S. Hancock was superintendent of CFISD from 1955-67. He was known for innovative practices, such as open-concept schools.

Yeager ES
The Yeagers began teaching in CFISD in 1949 and taught for nearly 50 years combined in the district.

Millsap ES
E.A. Millsap was CFISD’s first superintendent and played a key role in the consolidation of the Cypress and Fairbanks districts.

Lieder ES
Herman Lieder was born where Cy-Fair HS stands, and his wife, Marie, was born in the former Neudorf District.

Campbell MS
Bud Campbell served on the board of trustees for 13 years and was a charter member of the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation.

Francone ES
Frank Francone started as a district mechanic in 1950, and his brother John was a custodian at Fairbanks Elementary.

Horne ES
Magdalene Horne served as a teacher for 36 years in CFISD.

Moore ES
Les Moore was the first director of guidance and announced football games. His wife, Bettie, taught at Bane ES.

Lowery ES
M.O. Lowery and his family moved to Cy-Fair in 1929. He served on the board of trustees and other civic organizations.

Frazier ES
Lucile Frazier was the former secretary for Superintendent Allen Labay and the board of trustees.

Watkins MS
Carlos Watkins was the principal of Cy-Fair HS. He retired from the district in 1989.

Owens ES
Carl was principal of Post ES, and his wife, Eleanor, taught in the Humble area. The two taught for 85 combined years.

Wilson ES
Peggy Wilson was secretary at Cy-Fair High School and secretary to the superintendent.

Labay MS
Allen F. Labay served as superintendent during a period of rapid growth in the district. He worked for CFISD for 27 years.

Emmott ES
Jack Emmott served on the CFISD board of trustees for 21 years. His wife was a district employee for 21 years.

Holmsley ES
Tom J. Holmsley served on the board of trustees for 18 years. He was also an active volunteer in the community.

Cook MS
Charles B. Cook served on the board of trustees and as a Texas Ranger.

Jowell ES
Wanda McCain Jowell graduated from Cy-Fair HS and served on the board of trustees for 21 years.

Fiest ES
Bernice Fiest served as a teacher, coach, librarian and principal and was certified by the state in seven areas of education.

Bang ES
Ramona Schmidt Bang was a secretary before she was promoted to a supervisor role in the business department.

Hamilton ES
Fred was the science department chairman at Cy-Fair HS and his wife, Louise, was a social studies chairwoman.

Metcalf ES
June and Roy Metcalf served a combined 65 years in CFISD as teachers and administrators.

Truitt MS
Ronnie Truitt coached the Cy-Fair HS basketball team before becoming a principal at several campuses.

Hairgrove ES
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.

Reed ES
Dolores was a librarian, and her husband, Raymond, was the first maintenance and transportation director.

Copeland ES
William C. Copeland served as the district’s tax assessor and collector for nearly 30 years. He retired in 1992.

Hamilton MS
Opal Hamilton worked as a vocational adjustment coordinator, director of special education and assistant superintendent.

Sheridan ES
Robbie Hunt Sheridan served as principal at Matzke, Holbrook and Lieder along with her namesake campus when it originally opened.

Willbern ES
T.A. “Bubba” Willbern served as a coach, teacher and administrator for 40 years in CFISD.

Thornton MS
Donald O. Thornton served as a teacher, coach, associate superintendent and superintendent in 28 years in CFISD.

Ault ES
Norma Sanders Ault retired from CFISD in 1995. She helped open Hancock, Emmott and Bang elementaries and served as a principal for 22 years.

Farney ES
Jane Farney spent 20 years in the district and retired in 1999 after serving as principal of Lowery and Hamilton elementary schools.

Gleason ES
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.

Kirk ES
Shirley Kirk spent 28 years teaching home economics and life science in CFISD before she retired in 1994.

Walker ES
Sandra Bales Walker served as a secretary in the district for 25 years and worked with three superintendents until she retired in 1997.

Goodson MS
Charles M. Goodson worked as a teacher, coach, counselor, principal and associate superintendent over the course of 26 years in CFISD.

Aragon MS
Jan. H. Aragon taught at Cy-Fair HS and served as an assistant principal and principal at several campuses.

Sampson ES
Nancy Marsh Sampson worked in the district for 32 years and opened Adam, Horne and Hairgrove elementaries.

Birkes ES
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.

Tipps ES
Jane Maloy Tipps served as a counselor and principal in the district before opening Ault ES and serving as principal until 2002.

Duryea ES
Peggy Duryea served in a number of different roles, including teacher, counselor, principal and associate superintendent.

Keith ES
Gwen Keith served as a teacher, elementary science coordinator, assistant principal, team leader and principal at several schools in CFISD. She retired in 2002.

Danish ES
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.

Kahla MS
Julia Williams Kahla taught English and served as a director of instruction, associate principal and assistant principal in 32 years in CFISD.

Lee ES
LaFaye Johnson Lee worked for 35 years in the district as a teacher, counselor, coordinator and director of academic achievement. She retired in 2003.

Spillane MS
Carolyn Stamm Spillane served as teacher, associate principal, director of secondary education and assistant superintendent in CFISD.

Andre’ ES
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.

Black ES
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.

Berry Center
Richard E. Berry served as superintendent from 1992-2004.

Postma ES
Joan Postma taught math and computer literacy. She was promoted to director of technology support services.

Hopper MS
George E. Hopper was a teacher, coach and assistant principal at Jersey Village High School.

McFee ES
Patti Becker McFee worked in the district for 28 years as a paraprofessional and in human resources.

Warner ES
Couple Bob and Bobbie Warner were teachers, swim coaches and principals during their 66 combined years at CFISD.

Hemmenway ES
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.

Smith MS
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.

Swenke ES
Deanna Swenke served as associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction until retiring in 2008. She worked in CFISD for 38 years.

Emery ES
Debbie Emery came to CFISD in 1978. She worked as a teacher, librarian, principal and an associate superintendent.

Rennell ES
Betty Cody Rennell served as a principal and district administrator in CFISD before retiring from an assistant superintendent position.

Salyards MS
Cheryl Salyards served CFISD for 36 years. She was an associate superintendent before retiring.

Pope ES
Margie Sue Pope served as a teacher, administrator and principal for more than 18 years with CFISD.

Anthony MS
David Anthony served as superintendent for seven years in CFISD. He also worked as a principal, teacher and superintendent in other districts across Texas.

Woodard ES
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.

By Marie Leonard
Marie came to Community Impact Newspaper in June 2011 after starting her career at a daily newspaper in East Texas. She worked as a reporter and editor for the Cy-Fair edition for nearly 5 years covering Harris County, Cy-Fair ISD, and local development and transportation news. She then moved to The Woodlands edition and covered local politics and development news in the master-planned community before being promoted to managing editor for the South Houston editions in July 2017.


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