Clarence Galm often is called the "Father of Northside ISD" because he was so instrumental in the consolidation of the tiny rural school districts in this area into what is now NISD. Galm didn't have a high school diploma, but he was an avid local historian, had a pioneering spirit, and had a lot to teach others about how to make a difference in the community.
Like his father and brothers, Galm was a trustee of the Helotes School District. He wanted to consolidate with other area districts so that children who lived in rural areas could have better educational opportunities. Galm served on the first seven-member Board of Trustees from 1949-53 after Northside became a District.
Galm lived to see his namesake school opened in 1987, but unfortunately, he passed away unexpectedly just a few weeks before the dedication ceremony.