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Humble ISD: 100 Years In The Making
Humble ISD celebrated its 100th anniversary on February 16 at the Centennial Celebration in Turner Stadium.
Joel Osteen, senior pastor of Lakewood Church and the author of 11 national bestselling books, was keynote speaker. Osteen, a 1981 graduate of Humble High School, was delighted to speak for the event.
Osteen recalled memories of his time at Humble High School, such as playing basketball under Coach Cooper, and how Cooper helped him realize his potential as a player. “I couldn’t jump, but I was fast!” he said. He talked about how important it is to support others, and about those who supported him while in school. He mentioned his former English teacher, Jane Turner, who attended the event. Mrs. Turner was the wife of former Superintendent George Turner. Turner Stadium bears his name.
Texas Representative Dan Huberty presented two resolutions, one from Texas Governor Greg Abbott and one from the Texas House of Representatives. Huberty noted that since it’s beginning Humble ISD has always experienced growth. Abbot’s resolution stated that “Humble ISD’s commitment to excellence through education highlights the best of Texas, and I join the people of the Lone Star State in paying tribute.”
Pictured, from left, are Humble ISD School Board President Charles Cunningham, State Rep. Dan Huberty, Janet Huberty and Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen.
The resolution from The House of Representatives, signed by Huberty, stated, “Over the past 15 years, Humble ISD has grown rapidly adding an average of 1,100 students annually; today, with more than 42,000 students and over 5,000 employees, the district maintains its reputation for rigorous instruction. In 2015 it received $100,000 in grant money from the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program as the Best Large School District in Texas and in 2018 its board was named the Outstanding School Board of the Year. The district has benefitted from the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen since 2016. The Humble Independent School District has provided generations of young Texans with a strong foundation on which to build, and its fine reputation is a source of tremendous pride to the community,”
Mayor Merle Aaron presented a proclamation from the City of Humble. Reading from the proclamation, Aaron said, “The employees and staff of Humble ISD have a long history of providing education to children across the Humble community, with over 68,000 students graduating from Humble ISD schools. …Today Humble ISD has grown to consist of 45 schools, is listed among the 25 fastest growing school districts in Texas, and was recognized as the HEB Best Large School District in Texas.”
Pictured, from left, are Humble ISD School Board President Charles Cunningham, City of Humble Mayor Merle Aaron, Mayor Pro Tem Norman Funderburk and Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen.
“Humble ISD has been the single unifying factor for families across Humble, Kingwood, Atascocita, Summerwood, Fall Creek, Eagle Springs, and other communities,” said Aaron.
Dr. Fagen talked about all those who shaped Humble ISD, including teachers, parents, business leaders, officials and members of the community. “As we take on the next 100 years, I want you to know that this is the most incredible school district community that I’ve ever had the opportunity to be a part of and have my own children educated in,” Fagen said.
Music was provided by Gary Kyle and the Kin. Kyle is a 1995 graduate of Kingwood High School. During his career Kyle has shared the stage with country music legends Tanya Tucker and John Michael Montgomery. Kyle talked about living in Kingwood, moving away to pursue his career, and returning to raise his family.
Student groups performed throughout the event, including the Woodcreek Middle School Cub Choir, the Humble High School Army Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, the River Pines Elementary Step Team, the Summer Creek High School Color Guard, and the Kingwood Park Silver Stars Dance Team. Also helping with the event were Cheerleaders and Student Council members from our high schools. The Mascots of AHS, KHS, KPHS, and SCHS entertained guests as they arrived.
Guests enjoyed listening to music from each decade since 1919, an entertaining video synopsis of the past 100 years in Humble ISD and a video highlighting the year of celebration in review. After sunset, the event was capped off with a fireworks show.
The celebration was made possible thanks to generous financial support from event sponsors Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union, Balfour Dilly Letter Jackets, and Humble ISD Education Foundation.