Campbell MS community comes together for 40th anniversary

January 26, 2018

Dr. Laura Perry (third from left), Campbell Middle School principal, and two students present Becky Rhodes (center) with a wooden engraved sign and gift commemorating the school’s 40th anniversary
Dr. Laura Perry (third from left), Campbell Middle School principal, and two students present Becky Rhodes (center) with a wooden engraved sign and gift commemorating the school’s 40th anniversary, which was celebrated Jan. 25. Rhodes is the daughter of L.W.A. and Phyllis Campbell, the school’s namesakes. Rhodes was joined at the ceremony by Mr. and Mrs. Campbell’s granddaughters, Wendy DiBenedetto and Christy Burleson, and great-granddaughter, Katlyn Burleson.

Jan. 26, 2018—Four decades of Campbell Middle School staff, students and community members came together for a reunion, telling stories, sharing memories and acknowledging standards still in place as the campus celebrated its 40-year anniversary.

Those in attendance were treated to performances by current students, while former students and staff were honored and shared their best and most memorable times at Campbell.

Robert Marrs shares stories and memories of his time working at Campbell Middle School with the crowd at the school’s 40-year anniversary ceremony Jan. 25. Marrs helped open the campus in 1978 and is the only remaining original staff member.
Robert Marrs shares stories and memories of his time working at Campbell Middle School with the crowd at the school’s 40-year anniversary ceremony Jan. 25. Marrs helped open the campus in 1978 and is the only remaining original staff member.

Opening its doors in 1978, Campbell was the fourth middle school in CFISD.

Students welcomed guests, offering tours of the school. Tables were displayed, showing old photos and signs, while another near the cafeteria held Campbell yearbooks. A slideshow played before the start of the ceremony in the cafeteria, showing past moments and memorable people in Campbell’s history.

Dr. Laura Perry, Campbell principal, welcomed the crowd and highlighted past staff and students in attendance. She then recognized the school’s namesakes, and presented a special engraved wood sign to L.W.A. and Phyllis Campbell’s daughter, Becky Rhodes, two granddaughters, Wendy DiBenedetto and Christy Burleson, and great-granddaughter, Katlyn Burleson.

Five of the eight principals in Campbell Middle School’s history were on hand to help celebrate the school’s 40th anniversary on Jan. 25. George Hopper (left) opened the campus in 1978 and was follow by Leonard Brautigam (second from left). They were joined by Gary Kinnger (third from left), Dr. Cheryl Henry (second from right) and current principal Dr. Laura Perry (right). Ozzie Greene, an assistant principal at Cypress Lakes High School, holds a gift for the family of the late Dr. Robert Hatcher, whom Greene worked with at Campbell.
Five of the eight principals in Campbell Middle School’s history were on hand to help celebrate the school’s 40th anniversary on Jan. 25. George Hopper (left) opened the campus in 1978 and was follow by Leonard Brautigam (second from left). They were joined by Gary Kinnger (third from left), Dr. Cheryl Henry (second from right) and current principal Dr. Laura Perry (right). Ozzie Greene, an assistant principal at Cypress Lakes High School, holds a gift for the family of the late Dr. Robert Hatcher, whom Greene worked with at Campbell.

The seven principals were spotlighted, with five in attendance. They included George Hopper, who opened the campus, and Dr. Cheryl Henry, who led Campbell from 2010-2015 before becoming principal at Cypress Springs High School.

“My favorite memory of Campbell was daily citing our school mission statement,” Henry said.

Added Gary Kinninger, Cypress Woods High School principal who led Campbell from 2002-2005: “I was just blessed to be there every single day and be there with a staff – a very dedicated staff – and community that very truly valued education.”

Robert Marrs, the only staff member at Campbell the entire 40 years, followed and shared stories of the original campus’ open concept and how he is now working alongside former students.

In also looking back, video tributes of former students and athletic standouts Kendra Lewis and Sam Adams were shown. Each credited the coaching they received at Campbell in helping start their prominent athletic careers.

The ceremony turned to the current students, as one organization after another showcased their talents and the school’s wide array of available opportunities. Members of the Drama Club did a theatrical reading of “There’s no place like Campbell.”

Performances from the band, choir and orchestra featured songs that were popular around Campbell’s opening, including “Disco Inferno” and “Grease.” The step team also took a walk down memory lane as part of its performance.

The Campbell Middle School step team performs during the school’s 40-year anniversary ceremony Jan. 25, first performing to songs throughout each decade before moving into its step routine.
The Campbell Middle School step team performs during the school’s 40-year anniversary ceremony Jan. 25, first performing to songs throughout each decade before moving into its step routine.

Perry and students Brayden Young and Timothy Posley closed out the ceremony, leading the crowd in reciting Campbell’s vision statement before guests were treated to a reception in the library.

Among the student groups and organizations to perform during the Campbell Middle School 40-year anniversary celebration Jan. 25 were the choir, band, orchestra, step team and drama club.
Among the student groups and organizations to perform during the Campbell Middle School 40-year anniversary celebration Jan. 25 were the choir, band, orchestra, step team and drama club.

“This is just history coming together,” Perry said. “Every single person in this room helped make Campbell what it is today and it has a rich history with rich roots.”

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