Commemorative marker unveiled on date of CFISD’s 75th anniversary

December 9, 2014

CFISD school namesakes Shelly Hancock, left, and Charlie Goodson pull back the cover to unveil the commemorative marker in front of Cy-Fair High School during a 75th anniversary ceremony on Dec. 9.

Dec. 9, 2014—Members of the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD community gathered in front of Cy-Fair High School on Dec. 9 for the unveiling of a stone marker commemorating the 75th anniversary of the school district.

The marker unveiling came 75 years after the Dec. 9, 1939 date when residents in the Cypress and Fairbanks communities voted to unite one district.

“It’s very hard to believe that it’s been 75 years,” said Bubba Willbern, namesake of Willbern Elementary School and a coach, teacher and administrator for 40 years. “I came here in 1952, and at that time all we had was one high school, two junior high schools and two elementary schools. When you see us now, with 10 high schools and 50-some-odd elementary schools, it’s incredible. It’s a good district.”

All 10 CFISD high school mascots attended the ceremony to illustrate the unity of the school district. Community member and 75th anniversary planning committee member Butch Milks served as master of ceremonies, with an invocation by Cypress Springs High School student Russell Reed and speeches by CFISD Board member Bob Covey and Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools.

CFISD namesakes Charlie Goodson, Shelly Hancock and Ben Bradley unveiled the marker, which features the 75th anniversary seal and a description of the 1939 consolidation.

“In reading over the history books you realize they consolidated in 1939 and this high school was basically built in 1941 and opened the spring before Pearl Harbor,” Covey said. “It’s amazing when you think what that generation of people had to do to give us this wonderful education we have now.”

The ceremony was highlighted by the Jersey Village High School Air Force Junior ROTC presenting and posting the colors, performances by the Cy-Fair band, Cy-Fair orchestra and Arnold Middle School orchestra. Cy-Fair Culinary Academy students provided refreshments for guests, who toured historical displays in the school library.

“I feel fortunate that I happened to be superintendent during one of our anniversary years,” Dr. Henry said. “Tonight we’re surrounded by so many legends of our district and it is really special. The future is bright for us. We have a community that has shown time after time that it’s committed to education for all kids. It’s an exciting concept.”

Following the ceremony, all CFISD namesakes were presented with commemorative diamond-shaped emblems to signify their contributions over the last 75 years.

“I’m just glad I got to be a part of it like all these other people here,” Willbern said. “There are a lot of good school districts in Texas, but this is one of them.”


All 10 CFISD high school mascots gathered together for the commemorative marker unveiling ceremony on Dec. 9.


The 10 high school mascots and their cheerleader escorts stand in front of Cy-Fair High School.


Cy-Fair High School band director Mark Veenstra leads the band in the playing of the national anthem after Jersey Village High School AFJOTC cadets posted the colors for the marker dedication ceremony.


Cypress Springs High School student Russell Reed performs the invocation for the event.


Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools, speaks to guests at the 75th anniversary marker unveiling ceremony.


Board member Bob Covey addresses the crowd at the 75th anniversary marker unveiling.


CFISD namesakes received commemorative diamond-shaped emblems after the ceremony, signifying their contributions over the last 75 years.


Following the ceremony, guests toured historical displays in the school library.

The commemorative marker includes the 75th Anniversary seal and a description of CFISD’s 1939 consolidation.

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