Superintendents of Humble
George Emmett Turner
George Emmett Turner was born on February 13, 1925 in Harris County, Texas. He grew up in Humble. Mr. Turner was active in all sports, being voted best-all-around athlete. As a student on the football team at Charles Bender High School, he played in the very first football game held at the Charles Street Stadium. He graduated from Humble's Charles Bender High School in 1942.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Mr. Turner attended Southwest Texas State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1950 and a Master of Arts degree in 1951.
In April 1961, George Turner was appointed as Administrative Assistant to Superintendent Burton. This made him the defacto Assistant Superintendent for the School District.
Mr. Turner was appointed Interim Superintendent of Humble ISD upon the death of Superintendent Floyd Burton, who died from complications related to an auto accident. Mr. Turner was officially appointed as Superintendent of Humble ISD in January 1962.
Picture: George Turner accepting
the Citizen of the Year award in 1969
George Turner is credited with bringing Humble ISD into the modern era. There were only three schools in the district when Mr. Turner became Superintendent, all located in (or very close to) downtown Humble. During his 21 years as Superintendent, he guided the district through the growth of the City of Humble, plus the addition of the Kingwood and Atascocita areas of town. By the time he retired, Humble ISD had grown from three schools to twelve schools.
In 1969, George Turner was the awarded the Humble Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award.
Photo: Aug. 13, 1970 - Humble ISD Superintendent George
Turner (right) and Curriculum Coordinator
Bill Woods completing teaching assignments
for the start of school.
Overall, he spent 37 years as an educator. After retiring from Humble ISD in 1982, George Turner worked as an insurance agent. He also ran for political office, in a crowded field for the position of District 127 State Representative, but only placed third in the Republican primary.
Photo: George Turner in 1991
Mr. Turner helped in creating the Humble Area Retired Teachers Association, and also served as President of the Humble Intercontinental Rotary in Humble. The Humble ISD football stadium was renamed as Turner Stadium in his honor.
George Turner died on September 24, 2002 in Humble.