Elrod Elementary was named for Jimmy L. Elrod, a former state school board member who is also active in San Antonio civic, business, and educational communities. Mr. Elrod was a member of the Northside School Board of Trustees from 1963-1969 and served as president two of those years. During his years of service, district enrollment increased from 8,100 students to 19,100 students. Also, during his six years as trustee, five schools opened their doors. Mr. Elrod served on the State Board of Education from 1973-1982 and was appointed to the Governor's Select Committee on Public Education. He chaired the Permanent School Fund Committee for four years and also served as the chairperson of the SBOE Rules and Planning. Mr. Elrod lives in Northwest San Antonio with his wife, Shirley. They are both frequent visitors to Elrod Elementary.