The 1980s

In the 1980s, Northside was named the fastest growing school district in Texas. By the decade's end, enrollment was up to nearly 50,000 students. The District opened 23 new schools and facilities, including Taft High School, Health Careers High School, two middle schools and 11 elementary schools. Edmund Cody retired as superintendent, and was replaced by Jack Jordan. At the state level, the 1980s brought teacher accountability: the Texas Examinations of Current Administrators and Teachers (TECAT) exam. The Texas Assessment of Basic Skills (TABS) was instituted to measure student performance.