KISD formally names high school after Tompkins

The seventh high school in the Katy ISD was formally named Obra D. Tompkins High School after a unanimous vote of the board of trustees Jan. 22.

The discussion, however, was not unanimous as trustee Terry Huckabee voiced his concern that the children would twist the name of the school to O.D. High, or Over Dose High.

"I see the kids turning this into a mockery of the school district, and that reflects on us," he said.

Huckabee clarified that he felt Tompkins was worthy of the honor, but he was concerned about the potential misuse of the name.

"These kids will play on that and they'll live up to it," he said.

That brought a round of response from the rest of the board, praising Tompkins and everything he did during his 35 years in the district, most of that as principal of Mayde Creek High School. Tompkins retired last May and was present in the audience for the vote.

"When we think of Tompkins High School, we will think of the man," said trustee Henry Dibrell.

Trustee Charles Griffin was coached as a student by "Coach T."

"He showed us by example what it means to be a man; to be a person," he said.

Griffin said he felt the students would respect the school's name.

"They're going to think this is a school of integrity and they're going to respect the man," he said.

Trustee Bryan Michalsky had a different opinion about what will define the new school.

"The school's going to be defined by its leadership and we've picked a great place to start," he said.

Huckabee also complained that he was not notified of the committee meetings held to nominate a name for the school. Board president Rebecca Fox said all of the board's policies and procedures were followed for selecting a name and that everyone was properly notified. After the discussion, Fox called for the vote, with no one voting against it.

The campus, located at 4400 Falcon Landing Blvd., is under construction and scheduled to open in the fall for the 2013-2014 school year.