Fort Bend ISD high school honors late president with celebration

A George Bush memorial is seen at Bush High School.

A George Bush memorial is seen at Bush High School.

George Bush High School in Richmond capped off a weeklong celebration of the life and legacy of former President George H.W. Bush with a campus parade Dec. 7.

President Bush died on Nov. 30.

The school's student council coordinated activities and tributes that began Dec. 3 with a moment of silence and viewing of a video titled, “Remembering our Namesake, George H. W. Bush.” Students also wrapped ribbon in patriotic colors around outside columns and placed a floral arrangement donated by Flowers by Adela near the dedication wall at the front of the school.

During a concert Dec. 4, the school’s orchestra performed two pieces to honor Bush, including “Rhosymedre” by British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, and a brief playing of “America the Beautiful,” arranged by BHS Orchestra Director Brian Runnels.

To commemorate Bush’s love for socks, the orchestra wore colorful socks with their uniforms, and all students and staff wore patriotic colors and socks during the week.

On Dec. 5, the National Day of Mourning, 22 of the school’s Navy JROTC cadets took part in the arrival ceremony at Ellington Field, where they were among guests to welcome the President Bush's family as they returned from Washington, D.C., on Air Force One.

Finishing out the week, the student council arranged 41 tea lights down a hallway leading to a tribute table where students can pay their respects, decorated pillars in the school’s commons area with scrolls of Bush’s accomplishments, held a prayer vigil and led a parade.
By Christine Hall
Christine Hall joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2018, and covers Missouri City and Fort Bend ISD. She previously reported on health care innovation for the Texas Medical Center, was a freelancer, and held various news roles at the Houston Business Journal.