Cypress Springs HS community comes together for 20th anniversary

October 31, 2017

The five principals in Cypress Springs High School’s 20-year history were recognized and honored during a celebration Oct. 30. Allen Meek (left) opened the school, followed by (from left) Sarah Harty, Barbara Weiman, Travis Fanning and current Principal Dr. Cheryl Henry.
The five principals in Cypress Springs High School’s 20-year history were recognized and honored during a celebration Oct. 30. Allen Meek (left) opened the school, followed by (from left) Sarah Harty, Barbara Weiman, Travis Fanning and current Principal Dr. Cheryl Henry. 

Oct. 31, 2017—Cypress Springs High School celebrated its 20th anniversary, bringing together its past, present and future to tell stories, share memories, honor standouts and acknowledge standards still in place two decades after the doors first opened at 7909 Fry Road.

In addition to presentations by current staff and students, former staff and Cypress Springs alumni were honored as well.

Completed in 1997, Cypress Springs was the sixth high school in CFISD.

The Cypress Springs High School orchestra was among other groups highlighted at the school’s 20th anniversary celebration. The orchestra, drumline and cheerleaders welcomed guests, while the choir, AFJROTC and jazz band performed during the program.
The Cypress Springs High School orchestra was among other groups highlighted at the school’s 20th anniversary celebration. The orchestra, drumline and cheerleaders welcomed guests, while the choir, AFJROTC and jazz band performed during the program.

Cheerleaders and the drumline welcomed guests with a performance outside the entrance near the auditorium. Once inside, patrons were treated to a performance by the orchestra, while a slideshow inside the auditorium showed past moments in Cypress Springs' history.

Following a welcome from Principal Dr. Cheryl Henry, the AFJROTC presented the colors, the choir sang the National Anthem and the jazz band performed two songs, including hit "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire.

Five inaugural staff members still at Cypress Springs High School in its 20th year were honored during the school’s anniversary celebration. Joining Principal Dr. Cheryl Henry (right) on stage are (from left) Leslie Smith, Esther Hartman, Linda Guidry, Frank Gill and Bobbie Cunningham.
Five inaugural staff members still at Cypress Springs High School in its 20th year were honored during the school’s anniversary celebration. Joining Principal Dr. Cheryl Henry (right) on stage are (from left) Leslie Smith, Esther Hartman, Linda Guidry, Frank Gill and Bobbie Cunningham.

The four campus principals who preceded Dr. Henry each spoke, taking the crowd on a walk down memory lane. Each was also presented with a leadership award.

“Recalling the planning, physical work and preparation of Cypress Springs’ opening was a once-in-a-lifetime endeavor – and a pleasure and joy,” said Allen Meek, who served as the school’s first principal before retiring in 2001. “The opening of this school culminates one of the greatest joys of my career.”

Sarah Harty opened Cypress Springs with Meek as the associate principal, only to replace him in 2001 and later leave to open Cypress Lakes High School in 2007. She spoke of early life at Cypress Springs, which sat next to acres of undeveloped land and a hunting lease where neighboring Hopper Middle School now sits. Street flooding from rain cancelled school as there were few access points and animals (raccoons, snakes, owls, etc.) routinely found their way inside the building.

The Cypress Springs High School AFJROTC presented the colors at the school’s 20th anniversary celebration and was among the group highlighted. The orchestra, drumline and cheerleaders welcomed guests, while the choir and jazz band performed during the program.
The Cypress Springs High School AFJROTC presented the colors at the school’s 20th anniversary celebration and was among the group highlighted. The orchestra, drumline and cheerleaders welcomed guests, while the choir and jazz band performed during the program.

“We felt as if we were a preservation and a safe haven for the animals who were escaping the construction that had begun all around us,” Harty said. “But some things are the same – what I’ve realized is Cypress Springs is still that preservation. As the subdivisions got built, as the new schools surrounded this landmark, as you took in students from Houston, from across the state, from across the nation and from cross the world, Cypress Springs has remained a preservation.

“You’ve preserved dignity for children. You’ve preserved respect for education. You’ve preserved a history that honors diversity, acceptance and hope for a better future.”

Barbara Weiman followed Harty, moving from associate principal to the top spot from 2008-2012. She spoke of the growth at Cypress Springs, which quickly grew from CFISD’s smallest high school to a campus that housed more than 4,100 students.

At its peak, 22 temporary buildings housing 44 classrooms were on campus. Satellite lunch stations and extra tables spilling into the hallways were needed to feed everyone.

Eight alumni now on staff at Cypress Springs High School in its 20th year were honored during the school’s anniversary celebration. Joining Principal Dr. Cheryl Henry (right) on stage are (from left) Rachael Sanders (Class of 2001), Lauren Tadlock (2005), Remon Maximos (2006), Shonari Mondesir (2006), Gregory Mushen (2007), Liliana Diaz (2009) and Ashley Smith (2010).
Eight alumni now on staff at Cypress Springs High School in its 20th year were honored during the school’s anniversary celebration. Joining Principal Dr. Cheryl Henry (right) on stage are (from left) Rachael Sanders (Class of 2001), Lauren Tadlock (2005), Remon Maximos (2006), Shonari Mondesir (2006), Gregory Mushen (2007), Liliana Diaz (2009) and Ashley Smith (2010). 

“The most amazing thing during that time was the class change,” said Weiman, who came to Cypress Springs in 1998 as an assistant principal. “Think about wall-to-wall students across the entire hallway. It looked like Christmas shopping at Macy’s on Dec. 23.”

Travis Fanning served as principal from 2012-2015 before he was named assistant superintendent of secondary school administration.

“The building is comprised of brick and mortar, and that’s what makes it a building,” he said. “But there’s different things that make Cypress Springs a school.”

Special recognition was presented to the five members of the inaugural staff still on campus: Bobbie, Cunningham, Frank Gill, Linda Guidry, Esther Hartman and Leslie Smith.

There were also honors given to eight alumni currently working at Cypress Springs: Rachael Sanders (Class of 2001), Lauren Tadlock (2005), Remon Maximos (2006), Shonari Mondesir (2006), Gregory Mushen (2007), Liliana Diaz (2009) and Ashley Smith (2010).

“Cypress Springs has a really great history and a very diverse history,” Dr. Henry said. “But we are moving into the future and I want our students to be proud of where they’ve come from and where they’re going. This was a great way to do it and honor all the great people who came before us all.”

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