Colby Glass, was born in Alabama on Sept. 21, 1921 and found his home in San Antonio after 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 on the history and development of Northside ISD. The document (covering 1911-1961) has proven an invaluable source to Northside researchers over the years.
Glass began his 31-year Northside ISD career as a teacher/Principal at Leon Springs Elementary in 1953. He taught grades five and six 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, 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.
Glassâ€™ 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.
Glass retired from NISD after serving Sunset Hills for 24 years. The school was renamed in his honor in 1988. Although 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 at Colby Glass Elementary.