The Humble Independent School District is turning 100 this year and it will be celebrating in style! Humble ISD originally began back in 1884 as Harris County Common School District 28. The boundary of District 28 was very similar to the current Humble ISD boundary. In 1888, the district was split in two: the northern portion remained as District 28, while the southern portion became District 35. The two districts were put back together in 1918 as District 50. A few months later, in February 1919, the Texas Legislature transformed District 50 into the Humble Independent School District.
There were only 5 schools in the district in 1919. The district, as well as the City of Humble, struggled through a diminishing population through the 1930s and 1940s. By 1949, there were only two campuses remaining in the district: Humble Elementary School and Charles Bender High School. Fortunately, a number of factors attracted families to Humble during the 1950s: (1) The City of Houston annexed large areas of land just outside of Humble, which transformed Humble into a suburb of Houston; (2) Lake Houston was built in 1953 as a water supply for Houston, but also became a recreational area for Humble; (3) Humble became just a 20-minute drive from Houston with the building of U. S. Highway 59 through Humble and the planning of the Outer Loop, which was later renamed the Sam Houston Parkway. School district growth began in the 1960s with the addition of 3 new schools for 2,250 students. Today, Humble ISD consists of 43 schools serving over 43,000 students!
To commemorate this monumental milestone, Humble ISD will host numerous celebrations throughout the year. The celebrations began the first week of school with a district-wide pep rally at the Humble Civic Center Arena Complex, along with a performance by the 59 North Band. Additional activities this year include participation in the Lake Houston Kids 1K (October), the Greater Lake Houston Heart Walk (November), the Symphony Orchestra at Charles Bender Performing Arts Center (November), the City of Humble Christmas Parade of Lights (December), the Livestock Show, Rodeo and BBQ Cookoff (February), a history celebration at Turner Stadium (February), and the Education Foundation Gala (March). Students at campuses are participating in the celebration through different decades with student Dress-Up Days. The district will receive a Texas Historical Marker sometime during the school year, and will schedule a dedication ceremony for the marker. The district also has an extensive history website that tells the history of the district, each campus, and even the area (humbleisd.net/history).