•  Humble ISD History

     1980s Timeline


    OPEN CONCEPT -- Four elementary schools built in the 1970s used the "open concept" design process, where there were fewer walls between classes.  The schools designed with the open concept were Woodland Hills Elementary School, Bear Branch Elementary School, Elm Grove Elementary School and Oaks Elementary School.

    Over time, parents and district staff complained that the lack of walls was causing students to be distracted by movement in other classes and by the noise generated by other classes. The School Board studied the issue and also provided a survey to teachers and parents. By January, a plan had been developed to address the issue.  Architects Spencer, Herolz and Durham developed plans to enclose individual classrooms using a combination of solid walls along with insulated folding partitions.1

    KINGWOOD HIGH SCHOOL: PHASE II -- Final plans were approved for the Phase II construction of Kingwood High School. At the completion of Phase II, the school would be able to accommodate 2,500 students. Phase II included: pool (eight lanes, two dive boards, and bleachers for 150 spectators), 800 seat auditorium, speech and drama rooms, field houses, second gym, vocational facilities (two classrooms, a vocational agriculture shop area, a vocational office education lab, a distributive education classroom, a print shop and a shop and storage for auto mechanics), two drafting rooms, stadium lighting, guidance offices, clinic, bookroom, student store, art lab, numerous math classrooms, four foreign language labs, two English and health classrooms and a reading lab.2

    Kingwood High School - Phase II

    RAISE -- The School Board approved a 14% raise for teachers.  The raises were long overdue and needed for the district to remain competitive.  Teacher salaries had risen considerably in neighboring school districts, which resulted in many teachers leaving Humble for better pay.  The resulting salary for a starting teacher increased to $11,490.3

    COUNTY APPRAISAL BOARD CHIEF -- Humble ISD tax assessor-collector, Searcy German, was chosen to head the Harris County Appraisal Board beginning August 28, 1980.  Mr. German had worked for Humble ISD for nine years, and was well-respected across the State.4

    Searcy German

    Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington state.

    A Dedication Ceremony for Elm Grove Elementary School was held during the week of January 17, 1980.

    The popular video arcade game "Pac-Man" is released.

    A Dedication Ceremony for Oaks Elementary School was held during the week of May 6, 1980.

    The United States boycotts the 1980 Olympics in Moscow.


    Greentree Elementary School opened for the 1981-1982 school year with John Widmier as the Principal.

    The cable network MTV (Music Television) is launched. 

    The AIDS virus is identified in the United States by scientists. 

    Timbers Elementary School opened for the 1981-1982 school year with Patricia Joyce as the Principal.

    Sandra Day O'Connor is nominated as the first female Supreme Court Justice by President Reagan.

    Creekwood Middle School opened for the 1981-1982 school year with Allen Dusek as the Principal.

    A Dedication Ceremony for Creekwood Middle School was held during the week of October 5th.


    "The Computer" is named Time Magazine's Man of the Year. 

    A Dedication Ceremony was held for Timber Elementary School on May 20, 1982.

    Japan begins selling the first CD players. 

    Late Rock n' Roll star Elvis Presley's home "Graceland" is opened to the public as an attraction


    Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space.

    Atascocita Middle School opened for the 1983-1984 school year with Ron Westerfeld as the Principal.

    Motorola introduces the first mobile phones to the United States in 1983.

    Microsoft releases "Word" their word processing program.

    A Dedication Ceremony was held for Atascocita Middle School on October 30, 1983.

    TURNER STADIUM NAMED -- On May 17, 1983, the district's football stadium on Wilson Road was officially named as George E. Turner Stadium.5

    Turner Stadium named Former Superintendent George Turner (left), School Board President Dr. Al Moore (center),
    and Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Michael Say (right).

    COMPUTER STUDY -- In a 1983 report, the Humble ISD Technology Committee made a recommendation for a five year plan proposing a broader study of computers into the district's curriculum. Dr. Jerry Vlasak, the committee chairman, stated that "understanding computers and their implications in the world around us is becoming an essential skill."  The five-year plan emphasized computer literacy, computer-assisted instruction, and computer-managed instruction.6

    DEERBROOK MALL OPENS -- Deerbrook Mall opened in Humble in July 1984. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held with state city and local officials participating in the festivities.  The mall is expected to generate $2.5 million annually in sales tax revenue for Humble, and employ 5,000 - 7,000 employees during peak periods.  Nearly 200,000 shoppers visited the mall during it's opening day.  THe mall spans 1.2 million square feet on nearly 130 acres of land.7

    Deerbrook Mall opens Deerbrook Mall opens in JUly 1984

    Art Hill opens Deerbrook Mall Art Hill, president of Homart Development Corps, cuts the
    first ribbon to open Deerbrook Mall to the public (July 1984)

    HURRICANE ALICIA -- Hurricane Alicia struck the Texas coast on August 18, 1983.  Originally hitting land with 115 MPH winds, Alicia quickly weakened, but hit the Housotn area with 80 mph winds.  Trees were uprooted and power was out across the entire Humble and Kingwood areas.

    LIMIT ON NON-INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES -- The Texas Education Agency passed a ruling which limited the amount of time that could be spent at pep rallies and other "non-instructional" activities held in public schools.  Their ruling stated that non-instructional activities (such as pep rallies for athletic events) should be allowed to cut into classtime only one day a month.8


    India's Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, is assassinated.

    Band Aid records "Do They Know It's Christmas?" a charity single to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.

    MTV begins the "Video Music Awards" or VMAs.


    In what many consider one of the worst marketing moves, Coca-Cola introduced "New Coke" and were forced to return to the old formula only months later due to backlash.

    Pine Forest Elementary School opened for the 1985-1986 school year with Dr. Joan Whitten as the Principal.

    The first version of Microsoft Windows is released.

    Deerwood Elementary School opened for the 1985-1986 school year with Patricia Joyce Dinhoble as the Principal.

    The wreck of the Titanic was discovered.


    The Chernobyl nuclear reactor explodes in the USSR.

    The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster takes place when the space shuttle disintegrates after being launched, killing all on board.

    Mad Cow Disease (BSE - Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) is identified in Britain for the first time.

    A Dedication Ceremony was held for Deerwood Elementary School on October 2, 1986.

    A Dedication Ceremony was held for Pine Forest Elementary School on December 16, 1986.


    Disposable contact lenses are first sold.

    "The Simpsons" make their debut on the Tracy Ullman Show.

    The Fox television network begins operations.


    George H.W. Bush is elected as the U.S. President after defeating Michael Dukakis.

    Two years after the Challenger Disaster, NASA's Space Shuttle program resumes.

    Willow Creek Elementary School opened for the 1988-1989 school year with John Widmier as the Principal.

    The Iran-Iraq war ends.


    The Berlin Wall is torn down at the end of the Cold War.

    The Exxon Valdez oil tanker spills 240,000 barrels of oil in the Prince William Sound in Alaska.

    The Nintendo Game Boy portable video game system is released.

    1. DaSilva, Marty. "Open Concept Tackled." Kingwood Observer, 31 January 1980 
    2. "KW High School Phase II plans approved." Kingwood Observer, 6 March 1980
    3. Magill, Jim. "Humble approves teacher's 14 percent increase." Kingwood Observer, 15 May 1980
    4. Magill, Jim. "Humble district assessor named as head of tax board." Kingwood Observer, 11 September 1980
    5. Schulman, Ruthann. "Humble ISD names stadium after former superintendent." Kingwood Observer 28 May 1983.
    6. Schulman, Ruthann. "HISD computer study made." Kingwood Observer 16 July 1983.
    7. Malley, Michael. "Humble reps celebrate Deerbrook." Kingwood Observer, 20 July 1984.
    8. Holden, Michael. "Humble ISD officials consider TEA ruling." Kingwood Observer, 14 September 1983.