Conroe ISD School Namesake History


Most elementary, intermediate and junior high schools in Conroe ISD are named after influential people who helped better the community or important historical pioneers who helped shaped the nation.


Hulon N. Anderson served as the superintendent of CISD from 1912-1949.

On July 20, 1969, NASA astronaut Neil A. Armstrong was the first person to walk on the moon, where he said the now-famous quote, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Sue Park Broadway retired in 2003 after 25 years as an educator in CISD.

Don A. Buckalew was formerly president of the board of trustees and owns Buckalew Chevrolet.

Barbara P. Bush is married to former President George H. W. Bush and served as first lady during his presidency from 1989-1993.

Gerald J. Creighton served on the CISD board of trustees for 15 years and graduated from Conroe High School in 1948.

David Vetter was known as “the boy in the plastic bubble” because he was born with severe combined immune deficiency. He lived out his days in a large bubble at Texas Children’s Hospital to avoid coming in contact with outside germs. David was born in 1971 and passed away at age 12 in 1984.

Joel L. Deretchin worked for The Woodlands Development Company as director of governmental relations for 30 years and retired in 2010. He helped plan and develop 17 schools in The Woodlands.

A. Davis Ford retired in 1977 after 24 years with CISD. He taught typing, bookkeeping and commercial law and eventually served as an administrator for the district.

Roger L. Galatas is a former board of trustees president and a longtime resident of The Woodlands. He served as president and CEO of The Woodlands Operating Company for 20 years and was a founding director of The John Cooper School in addition to serving on the CISD school board.

Imogene Giesinger served as assistant superintendent of elementary education for CISD for three years. Prior to this position, she taught for 16 years.

Sam K. Hailey is a former CISD board of trustees member.

Emmit E. Houser is a former member of the board of trustees.

Sam Houston served as the president of the Republic of Texas and as a governor of Texas. 

George C. Kaufman III is a former member of the board of trustees.

Mirabeau Lamar, also known as Texas’ Father of Education, was the second president of Texas, taking office in 1838.

Ben Milam was a prominent figure during the Texas Revolution. He was born in Kentucky in 1788 and died in San Antonio in 1835.

Charlie L. Patterson served CISD from 1978-2002. During the last 10 years of his career, he was deputy superintendent of the district.

Colin Powell is a former U.S. Army general, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and secretary of state.

Otha A. Reaves graduated from Conroe High School and went on to serve on the CISD board of trustees for 16 years.

Constructed in 1978, Rice Elementary School is named after former CISD Principal B.B. Rice.

In 1983, Sally K. Ride became the nation’s first female astronaut. She operated a robotic arm on the shuttle that put satellites into space.

Anson W. Runyan was a former principal in CISD. The elementary school named after him was built in 1967.

Ann K. Snyder is a former CISD board member and former president of Interfaith of The Woodlands.

Jean E. Stewart is a former CISD deputy superintendent.

Coulson Tough was president of the CISD board of trustees and was a member of the board for six years. He was also recruited by George Mitchell to work for The Woodlands during its formative years.

Bonnie L. Wilkinson began her career in 1969 as a special education teacher at Anderson Elementary School. She was the first principal at Glen Loch in 1980 and opened Giesinger in 1990.


Oree Bozman was the first female member elected to CISD’s board of trustees in 1976 after serving as a teacher in the district for years.

Donald R. Collins was a former president on the board of trustees and is a local veterinarian.

Tom Cox Sr. is a home and community developer in south Montgomery County.

Harold Cryar began his 43-year career in CISD as a teacher and later went on to serve as president of the board of trustees.

George Mitchell founded the master-planned community, The Woodlands, in 1974.

William B. Travis was a Texas hero who died during the Battle of the Alamo in 1836.

Dolly Vogel taught at several campuses throughout her career in CISD.

W. D. Wilkerson, also known as “Topsy,” was a former superintendent in the district. The school was built in 1974.

Junior Highs

Gerald D. Irons was on the CISD board of trustees for 22 years. He also spent 32 years with the Development Company after retiring from the NFL.

Neal Knox is a former member of the CISD board of trustees.

J.L. McCullough served as CISD’s superintendent of schools. He retired in 1976.

Albert Moorhead was the principal at Armstrong Elementary School from 1969-78.

John V. Peet was a member of the CISD board of trustees from 1979-88, and he served as president of the board from 1984-86.

C. D. York is a former CISD superintendent.

*not all schools are included on this list.


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Beth Marshall
Born and raised in Montgomery County, Beth Marshall graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in communication and a minor in business. Originally hired as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in 2016, she became editor of the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition in October 2017.
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