Mr. Colby Glass, was born in Alabama on September 21,1921 and found his home in San Antonio upon ending his Air Force assignment at Randolph Air Force Base in 1942. He entered college under the GI Bill, earning his bachelor's degree from Trinity University in 1953 and his master's degree from Southwest Texas State University in 1962. His master's degree thesis was done on the history and development of Northside ISD. The document (covering 1911-1961) has proven an invaluable source to Northside researchers over the years.
Intermingled with the factual information are amusing notations of the very earliest days of the forming school district, including mention of a comfortable stable for horses used by the children, a 15 cent school tax and sanitary drinking arrangements and single desks for pupils. One could listen to his tall tales as well about experiences as a teacher and bus driver during his early years with Northside.
Mr. Colby Glass began his 31 year Northside ISD career as a teacher/Principal at Leon Springs Elementary in 1953. He taught grades 5 and 6 and doubled as the school's Principal for one year. He then transferred to Locke Hill Elementary School and served in the same capacities for three years, after which he became a full-time Principal at Locke Hill.
In 1960, Colby Glass moved to Sunset Hills Elementary as Principal where he served until his retirement from NISD in 1984. It was under his leadership that many programs began, such as "Men in Blue" (renamed later to "Officers in Blue"). He stood behind the school motto of "Catch 'Em Being Good" and always looked for opportunities to reward students for good citizenship. Mr. Glass's optimism and love for his children carried over into his policies at the school. He operated a happy school, contending that when the atmosphere was positive among staff, the feeling was passed down to the students and patrons of the community. He was much loved by staff, students and patrons.
Mr. Colby Glass retired from NISD after serving our school for 24 years. He then enjoyed spending more time with his wife and grandchildren and even found time to devote to his second love: restoring old pianos. Although Mr. Glass passed away on March 5, 2000, he will be remembered as a man who gave so much of his life to the students and patrons of Northside ISD, and especially those here at Colby Glass Elementary.
With permission granted, this biography was taken from Mr. Jack Jordan's letter to the Board of Trustees dated April 5, 1988 which recommended the renaming of Sunset Hills to Colby Glass Elementary. Mr. Jordan was Superintendent of NISD at the time of this letter.