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Humble ISD ushers in centennial year with kick-off celebration

August 26, 2018

The Humble Independent School District’s student enrollment has grown by 3,000 percent since its inaugural school year, so it may come as no surprise that the school district’s centennial kick-off event was very well-attended.

Even as the event was just beginning, long lines of cars packed Will Clayton Parkway, requiring law enforcement presence to help direct traffic.

The Humble Civic Arena was packed on Saturday night, Aug. 25, with people eager to celebrate the beginning of Humble ISD’s 100th school year.

District officials, administrators, teachers, parents, students and community members — all were welcomed to the free event.

“What makes Humble ISD special is that it’s a community-wide family,” said Elizabeth Fagen, Humble ISD superintendent. “It’s not just a school, or a school district, but everyone is part of the Humble ISD community and have made the district what it is.”

Miguelina Simmons, teacher at Lakeland Elementary, believes that quality of education has a direct link to the sustainability of a community.

“We’re celebrating 100 years of Humble ISD and for me, you’ve got to educate your youth in order to sustain a well-developed economy,” Simmons said. “This is to celebrate education, overall, and I think it’s important to support that.”

While each district school was represented at the centennial kick-off, the event’s atmosphere promoted unity in celebrating the spirit of Humble ISD as a whole. Humble ISD’s high schools demonstrated that spirit when they joined forces for a multi-school pep rally; delighting event attendees.

Among those in attendance was Whitney Johnson, an Humble ISD educator as well as alumnus. She has family members who are also Humble ISD alumni and her two nephews are current Humble ISD students.

“I teach in Humble now and we just wanted to come celebrate because the district itself has meant a lot to my family,” Johnson said. “Being hired by my hometown district, I find I love the family aspect of it.”

For parent Elizabeth Parker, the district and community’s continued strength in Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath gave Humble ISD’s centennial kick-off a special significance.

“There’s certainly a lot to celebrate,” Parker said.

Humble ISD promises more celebratory centennial happenings to come throughout the 2018-2019 school year. The district plans to finish out its centennial school year in the spring with a grand celebration at Turner Stadium.

One of the centennial-based initiatives is a vast Humble ISD history database, which provides a well-organized collection of photographs and information dating back to even before the district was known as Humble ISD.

Lisa Aguilar was attending the event with her husband and children. Both Aguilar and her husband are educators and part of their impetus for attending was to show support for schools. Aguilar teaches at Humble Elementary, where two of her children attend. She sees the centennial as an opportunity for a learning experience.

“With history lessons especially,” Aguilar said. “Humble Elementary is the oldest elementary school in Humble, so you can show the whole history of the building, where it started and talk about how the school changed over time.”

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