•  Humble ISD History

     1960s Timeline


    DON COOK HIRED AS PRINCIPAL -- Donald Cook is hired as the Principal of the new Lakeland Elementary, a position he keeps for 24 years.

    Lakeland Principal Donald Cook

    Don Cook, Principal of Lakeland Elementary 1960-1984

    LAKELAND ELEMENTARY OPENS -- Lakeland Elementary opened for the 1960-1961 school-year.  Howver, while originally designed as an elementary campus, it was intially used as a Junior High School.  THere year it opened, Grades 1, 2 an 3 were housed at Humble Elementary; Grades 4, 5, 6 and 7 were housed at Lakeland; and grades 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 were housed at Charles Bender High School.1  It did not become an elementary school campus until the 1965-1966 school-year.

    Lakeland Elementary School

    PRESIDENT KENNEDY -- Democrat John F. Kennedy wins the U.S. Presidential Election after defeating Republican Richard Nixon.

    OPEC -- The Organization of Petroleum Countries (OPEC) is created.

    WEATHER SATELLITE -- TIROS-1, the first weather satellite, is launched by the U.S.


    ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT POSITION -- In February 1961, the School Board began discussing hiring someone to help Superintendent Burton with the administration of the school district, as an Administrative Assistant and Business Manager.2 In modern times, this is called an Assistant Superintendent position.  George Turner was the first person hired to this position in April 1961.3

    DEATH OF SUPERINTENDENT BURTON -- On September 10, 1961, Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Floyd Burton was involved in a fatal car accident.  He had been returning from Austin, where he had gone to take his daughter Joan to enter the University of Texas.  Unfortunately, he arrived back in the Humble area during Hurricane Carla.  He was within 6 or 7 miles of Humble when his car went out of control and crashed into a culvert.  His son, Garland, was in the car with him but was not injured.4  He died two days later on September 12, 1961.  Classes in Humble, which had been stopped by the hurricane, remained closed until the day after Dr. Burton's death to allow students and community members time to attend the funeral. Administrative Assistant George Turner was appointed as Acting Superintendent.5

    1ST ASTRONAUT -- Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first person in space. One month later, Alan Shephard becomes the first American in space.

    PEACE CORPS -- The Peace Corps is created. 

    BAY OF PIGS -- The Bay of Pigs invasion is an unsuccessful U.S. backed operation to overthrow Fidel Castro in Cuba.

    BERLIN WALL -- Construction on the Berlin Wall begins in an effort to separate East and West Berlin. 


    TURNER BECOMES SUPERINTENDENT -- George Turner was officially hired as the Humble ISD Superintendent at the January 9, 1962 School Board meeting.6  Arthur Tipton was hired as the new Administrative Assistant and Business Manager (i.e., Assistant Superintendent) in March.7
    George Turner

    ONLY THREE SCHOOLS -- When George Turner took over as Superintendent, Humble ISD consisted of just three schools:
    Humble ELementary (grades 1, 2, 3); Lakeland Jr. High (grades 4, 5, 6, 7); and Charles Bender High School (grades 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)

    CIVIL DEFENSE MEETINGS -- Employees of Humble ISD, as well as citizens of Humble, attended Civil Defense meetings at Charles Bender High School in January 1962.

    Civil Defense

    WAL-MART -- Sam Walton opens the first Wal-Mart store in Arkansas.

    SPIDER-MAN -- The comic book character of Spider-Man makes his debut in the Amazing Fantasy #15 comic.

    1ST AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENT AT OLE MISS -- James Meredith becomes the first African-American student to enroll at the University of Mississippi.   

    PRAYER BANNED IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS -- In Engel v Vitale, the Supremem COurt rules that organizaed prayer in public schools is a violation of the seperation of Church & State.

    CUBAN MISSLE CRISIS -- The Cuban Missile Crisis has the world on the edge of another World War as the United States and USSR come close to launching nuclear attacks.

    BEATLES 1ST SINGLE -- The Beatles release their first single, "Love Me Do," in the United Kingdom.


    KENNEDEY ASSASSINATION -- United States President John F. Kennedy is assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald. 

    I HAVE A DREAM -- U.S. Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King, Jr. gives his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

    ZIP CODES -- The United States begins to use Zip Codes.

    DOCTOR WHO -- The BBC broadcasts the very first episodes of the iconic television show "Doctor Who."

    1963 BOND ELECTION -- A bond election was held on November 19, 1963 for the passage of a $1.5 million bond.  The bond was to pay for a new high school building on Wilson Road, construction of a new stadium, as well as renovate the Charles Bender High School campus for use as an intermediate school. The bond passed 281 (64.01%) to 158.


    FIRST TRAFFIC LIGHT IN HUMBLE -- A traffic light put up at the intersection of FM 1960 and Houston Ave (by the Artesian Well) was the first signal light in Humble. It was first used on Tuesday, October 27, 1964, and consisted of a flashing red light facing Houston Ave, and a yellow blinking light facing traffic on FM 1960.8

    First Traffic Signal

    EL DORADO COUNTRY CLUB -- The El Dorado Cuntry Club and Golf Course opened in in the southern portion of the district in 1964.  A residential neighborhood was planned around the golf course, but was never developed.  The golf course closed in the 1990s.

    El Dorado

    CIVIL RIGHTS ACT -- United States President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.

    DEEP SPACE - NASA's Mariner 4 space probe successfully approaches Mars and becomes the first spacecraft to take images of a planet from deep space.

    FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN "BEST ACTOR" -- Sidney Poitier wins the Academy Award for "Best Actor" becoming the first black actor to win that honor.

    BASIC -- The computer coding language BASIC (Beginner's All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) is introduced.

    FORD MUSTANG -- The Ford Motor Company begins to produce and sell the Ford Mustang. 


    SICK WEEK AT SCHOOL -- On Monday (Feb. 18, 1965), 17% of students in the district were absent from school due to sickness.  18% were out the next day, and 21% were out on Wednesday.  School was cancelled for Thursday and Friday.  By the following Monday (Feb. 15, 1965), only 10.5% were absent.  Two days of schools were added to the end of the calendar to make-up for school being closed that Thursday and Friday.10

    Empty Desks

    FIRST SPACE WALK -- Soviet Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov becomes the first person to perform a space walk on March 18, 1965.  The first American spacewalk was performed by Ed White on June 3, 1965.

    SELMA -- Martin Luther King, Jr. leads a peaceful civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama.

    AIRPORT CONSTRUCTION BEGINS -- In 1957, a group of forward thinking businessmen purchased land just southwest of Humble for the location of a future airport for Houston. It was called the Jet Era Ranch Corportation, but an error in the corporation papers listed it as the Jetero Ranch Corporation.

    By 1965, construction had begun on this site.  Houston also annexed the airport land that year, although it created some court battles with the City of Humble over ownership of various strips of land in the area.

    As construction on the airport continued, more and more businesses moved into the Humble area, enticed by the good location to Houston via U. S. Highway 59, and closeness of Humble to a major airport.

    Airport Construction

    Airport Construction

    VIETNAM WAR ESCALATION -- The Vietnam War escalates and opposition to it begins to mount as anti-Vietnam protests become more common.

    ASTRODOME OPENS - The Houston Astrodome opened on April 9, 1965. It held many firsts, including:

    • first time a single space of this voume has ever been air-conditioned
    • first time grass has been grown on a permanent basis indoors
    • first time as many as 66,000 seats have been provided in a column-free air conditioned space
    • first time a grandstand has been made rotateable by a fixed motor and sprocket
    • first scoreboard more than 400 feet long

    Houston Astrodome

    TITLE PROGRAM -- The U. S. Congress passed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as part of President Johnson's "War on Poverty,"  which provided aid to public schools through:

    • Title I (underprivileged children),
    • Title II (Libraries, Textbooks and media support),
    • Title III (Supplementary education center),
    • Title IV (Education research), and
    • Title V (State Department of Education)

    Humble ISD's first allocation under ESEA was $19,454 for Title I, and $2,000 for Title II.9

    This program began the U. S. Government's active involvement in the education of students across the nation.

    JUNIOR COLLEGE COMMITTEE -- A steering committee was formed  to study the feasibility of creating a junior college in North Harris County.  Humble ISD Superintendent George Turner and Humble ISD School Trustee Harold Mason were on this committee, along with representatives from Aldine, Tomball, Cypress-Fairbanks, Spring and Klein.  The work of this committee eventually led to the creation of North Harris County College in the 1970s.11

    DESEGREGATION ENDS IN HUMBLE ISD -- In 1965, whole other districts were battling plans to desegregate their schools through the courts, Humble ISD quietly implemented desegregation within the district.  At the May 4, 1965 school board meeting, the trustees voted to allow negro students to attend school in Humble.  At the time, all negro students living in the Humble ISD boundary were transferred to other districts.  After voting to desegregate the district, the board put out a notice that is was now compliant with Title Vi of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.12

    FOREST COVE GOLF COURSE OPENS -- a brand new golf course opened in Forest Cove. The $300,000 course included sodded greens, water traps, greens measuring up to 11,000 square feet, a $200,000 clubhouse, swimming pool, and bridle path. 80% of the 305 residential lots on the club's acreage back up to a fairway.13

    HUMBLE HIGH SCHOOL OPENS ON WILSON ROAD -- as student enrollment continued to increase, it became necessary to replace the aging Charles Bender High School (which opened in 1930) with a new campus.  The new Humble High School was built on Wilson Road, on a huge plot of land (35 acres). The building included (1) an auditorium with seating for 1,078, (2) a band room with five practice rooms and storage, (3) a cafeteria and snack bar, (4) library, (5) laboratories, (6) two shop classrooms and two shops, and (7) a gymnasium with dressing rooms and two classrooms.

    A new, more modern football stadium was also opened that year, located next to the high school. It consisted of 7,000 seats and a field house.

    Humble High School

    A dedication ceremony was held for the new Humble High School on August 28, 1965. The guest speaker was Dr. J. W. Edgar, Texas Commissioner of Education for the State of Texas.

    Dr. J. W. Edgar Dr. J. W. Edgar, Texas Commissioner of Education

    VOTING RIGHTS ACT -- The Voting Rights Act is signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson.

    AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL DEDICATION -- A ceremony was held in September for the dedication of the Federal Aviation Administration's new Air Route Traffic Control Center which opened just southwest of Humble.  The center was part of the plan to open a new airport in Northeast Harris County.  The center was a 70,000 square foot building that housed 340 air traffic controllers. The center took over the monitoring of air space form Central Texas east to Alabama at 10 PM on July 1, 1965.14

    Air Traffic Control Center

    BATTLE OF THE SIGNS -- The City of Humble and the City of Houston got into a land dispute in 1965 regarding certain tracts of land near Humble.  Each city claimed ownership of the land, and fought the battle in court.  During the battle, Houston put up "City Limit" signs in areas in Humble...which the Humble reisdents immediately began to deface.

    City Limit

    CHARLES BENDER INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL -- Humble starts an intermediate school for grades 6-8.  It was called Charles Bender Intermediate School, and was located in the old Charles Bender High School on Higgins Street. It would be used until a new campus was built for these students for the 1972-1973 school year (Humble Middle School on Wilson Road).


    CIGARETTE CAUTION -- All cigarette packets in the United States must carry the health warning "Caution! Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health."

    LUNA 9 -- The Soviet Union's Luna 9 unmanned spacecraft lands on the Moon.

    POLL TAX ABOLISHED -- To vote in Harris County elections, citizens had to pay a poll tax.  Poll taxes had been used in Texas during the 1890s and early 1900s.  The poll tax was added to the Texas Constitution in 1902.  After the poll tax was started in Texas, less than 15% of the African-American voters in the State paid the tax to vote in the elections. The federal government enacted the 24th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution in 1964, which prohibited poll taxes from being used in federal elections (although they could still be used for state and local elections).  In 1966, the U. S. Supreme COurt ruled that poll taxes were unconstitutional in state elections.

    P0ll Taxes

    PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAM FOR INCOMING FIRST GRADERS -- Humble ISD tried a new tactic in helping students prepare for 1st grade in the summer of 1966. They used $8,000 of the funds they received from the Title I program to operate a 6-week pre-school program for incoming first graders.15  The program was supervised by Humble Elementary School Principal Monroe Solomon.  It employed three teachers (Rita Cook, GLadys Burns, and Wilma Lee Morgan), two teacher aides (Carolyn Clauseen and Huanera Coleman), a school nurse (Evelyn Lehman), cafeteria workers (Ruth Curry and Colleen Woodrome), as well as some assistance from Bruce Smith and Okey Landon.

    Students qualified for the program based on their performance on a readiness test (The Metropolitan Readiness Test).  62 students were enrolled in the program from 8 am to 1 pm Monday thru Friday, which started June 13, 1966 and ended on July 22, 1966.  The program was held at Humble Elementary School.

    The curriculum focused on eading readiness, number readiness, handwriting readiness,supervised physical activities, development of coordination skills, music and art. Field trips included the HUmble courthouse, Humble State Bank, the library, a stage production of "Winnie the Pooh" in Houston, and a trip to the Hermann Park zoo with a picnic lunch in the park.16

    DISTRICT BUDGET ADOPTED -- THe School Board adopted a budget of $862,292 for the 1966-1967 school year, and a tax rate of $1.05 per hundred dollar valuation.  The budget was 14.7% higher than the 1965-1966 budget of $735,398.  The Tax Rate lower than the previous tax rate of $1.18, and was comprised of 79 cents for local maintenance, and 26 cents for bond indebtness.17

    STAR TREK -- The first episode of the popular television show "Star Trek" airs.

    1966 BOND ELECTION -- A bond election was held on September 17, 1966 for the passage of a $1.5 million bond.  The bond was to pay for a new elementary school in the south portion of the district, an additional 12 classrooms to Humble High School, a field house at the high school, a bus barn, and repair work on Humble Elementary and Charles Bender Intermediate School.18  The bond passed 376 (73.58%) to 135.


    1ST SUPER BOWL -- The Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs play against each other in the first Super Bowl, with the Packers winning 35 to 10.

    BUS GARAGE -- The school district constructed a bus maintenance garage.19 The building was completed in June 1967, and included a ten-thousand gallon gasoline tank. Homer Duran was hired as the mechanic in charge of of the garage.

    1ST AFRICAN-AMERICAN ON SUPREME COURT -- Thurgood Marshall is appointed to the Supreme Court and becomes the first African American.

    ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE -- Rolling Stone publishes its first magazine issue.


    NORTH BELT ELEMENTARY OPENS -- As student enrollment continues to increase, Humble ISD opens a 3rd campus on January 22, 1968.  North Belt Elementary opened in the southern part of the district. James W. Towns was the Principal.

    North Belt Elementary


    CURRICULUM COORDINATOR -- Humble ISD created a Curriculum Coordinator position in February 1968.  As the number of schools increased, expertise was needed in how to maintain a consistent curriculum across all of the schools, and how to provide effective professional development. William R. Wood was hired in March 1968 as the district's first Curriculum Coordinator.20

    Bill Wood

    NORTH BELT DEDICATION CEREMONY -- Humble ISD held a dedication ceremony for the new North Belt Elementary school on May 9, 1968.
    NBE Dedication

    Dr. Hinton (President of Houston Baptist College),  George Turner (Superintendent of 
    Humble ISD Schools), and J. W. Towns (Principal of North Belt Elementary) 

    MLK ASSASSINATED -- Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated in April by James Earl Ray.

    CIVIL RIGHTS ACT -- The Civil Rights Act of 1968 is signed into law by President Johnson.

    MANNED APOLLO -- The first manned Apollo mission, Apollo 7, is launched by NASA.

    NIXON ELECTED PRESIDENT -- Richard Nixon wins the United States presidential election.


    DRUG POLICY -- As the district started dealing with increased drug use through the 1960s, the Humble ISD School Board adopted a tough drug policy in February 1969.  The policy stated that any student that was in possiession of marijuana or other prhibitied drugs, or was under the influence of such drugs, would be suspended for the remainder of the school term.21

    $5,000,000 BOND ELECTION -- The citizens of Humble ISD passed a $5,000,000 schoolhouse bond on February 15, 1969.  The bond would be used to pay for campuses on the north side of the district. The bond passed 308 (51.5%) to 290.22

    ARPANET -- ARPANET, the predecessor to the Internet, relays its first communications between UCLA and Stanford. 

    FIRST WOMAN ON SCHOOL BOARD -- Louise Panzarella became the first woman to serve on the Humble School Board when she was elected on April 8, 1969.

    Louise Panzarella

    KINGWOOD -- In June 1969, representatives from the Friendwood Development Company made a presentation to the Humble ISD School Board, about a housing development planned on the north end of the school district.  As part of the presentation, future school building needs were discussed.23  A few days later, the school board traded  Friendswood Development Company land they owned in the area (which was originally given by the Foster Lumber Company for the location of a school) for equal acreage, but located in a more desireable part of the new development.24

    The new neighborhood would be called Kingwood, a joint venture of the KING Ranch and the FriendsWOOD Devleopment Company.  Kingwood wons 50,000 acres in the area northeast of Houston, and encompasses more than 78 square miles (twice the size of Manhattan!).  


    The bulk of student growth in Humble ISD throughouth the 1970s is due to the new Kingwood development.

    By September, the district had awarded a contract to Evans Construction Compnay for the building of a new school in the new housing development.25  The new school would eventually be called Foster Elementary School.

    HOUSTON INTERCONTINENTAL AIRPORT OPENS -- The new Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH) open just southwest of the City of Humble in June 1969.  The airport was renamed as George Bush Intercontinental Airpoit/Houston in 1997. In 2016, it was the 43rd busiest airport in the world, serving over 41 million passengers.

    The completion of the airport would end up being a huge attraction for people and business to move to Humble.

    IAH Runways

    1ST MEN ON THE MOON -- Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first men to arrive on the Moon during NASA's Apollo 11 mission.

    WOODSTOCK -- The Woodstock music festival takes place in New York and features such acts as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, and The Who.

    DISRUPTIONS & DISTRACTIONS -- Disrupting business and classes becamse a staple of several student protests throughout the 1960s.  Fear of these types of activities causing problems with education in Humble, the Humble ISD School Board adopted a Disruptions & Distrations Policy in November 1969.  This policy prohibited distribution of printed materials (without district approval), interference with normal instructional processes.  Punishments ranged from suspension to intervention by law enforcement.26

    SESAME STREET -- The popular children's television show "Sesame Street" debuts.

    HIGH ENROLLMENT FOR THE 1960s -- The 1969-1970 school-year was the highest enrollment year for the 1960s:  2,250 students were enrolled in the Humble schools that year.  The lowest enrollment year of the 1950s was the 1960-1961 school-year, with just 827 students. Enrollment in the Humble schools increased each year in the 1960s.

     - Dr. Robert Meaux
    Last updated on 06/19/2018 2:45 PM

    1. Humble ISD School Board Minutes, 02/09/1960 
    2. Humble ISD School Board minutes, 02/07/1961
    3. Humble ISD School Board minutes, 04/04/1961
    4. "Dr. FLoyd Burton Interred Last Thurs." Brookshire Times, Thu, 21 September 1961, page 2
    5. Humble ISD School Board minutes, 09/12/1961
    6. Humble ISD School Board minutes, 01/08/1962
    7. Humble ISD School Board minutes, 03/07/1962
    8. "First Traffic Signal." HUmble Echo, 29 October 1964.
    9. "No Students for Two Days." Humble Echo, 18 February 1965
    10. "$22,000 Available to Humble School District." Humble Echo, 11 November 1965.
    11. "Two From Humble on Jr. College Committee." Humble Echo, 13 May 1965.
    12. "Schools Opened to Negro Pupils." Humble Echo, 6 May 1965.
    13. "Forest Cove Club Readies for Golf Course Opening in June." Humble Echo, 4 March 1965.
    14. "To Be Dedicated Sunday." Humble Echo, 16 September 1965.
    15. "Pre-School Program Set." Humble Echo, 26 May 1966.
    16. "First Pre-School Here Ends Friday." 21 July 1966.
    17. "Board Adopts Budget, Set $1.05 Tax Rate." HUmble Echo 25 August 1966.
    18. "Meeting Thursday on School Bond Proposal." Humble Echo, 8 September 1966.
    19. Humble ISD School Board minutes, 04/19/1967
    20. Humble ISD School Board minutes, 03/05/1968
    21. Humble ISD School Board minutes, 02/11/1969
    22. Humble ISD School Board minutes, 02/17/1969
    23. Humble ISD School Board minutes, 06/02/1969
    24. Humble ISD School Board minutes, 06/10/1969
    25. Humble ISD School Board minutes, 09/30/1969
    26. Humble ISD School Board minutes, 11/11/1969