Glenoaks turned 50 in 2012! Glenoaks was built in 1961.
During the 1960s Northside ISD saw explosive growth. Northside ISDs enrollment doubled in the first three years of the decade and doubled again by 1967. Glenoaks Elementary was built in 1961. Murray Boone was the superintendent at the time. By the end of the 60s Northside ISD enrolled over 20,000 students and opened 12 new elementary schools and two new high schools.Glenoaks opened as a small neighborhood school with approximately 375 students in grades first through sixth. James “Jim” Carson was the school’s first principal. There were two teachers per grade level. Teachers taught all subjects including art, music and physical education. There were no computers or library. Mr. Carson served the Glenoaks community from 1961-1969. The original structure included 4 “pod” buildings with 4 rooms in each pod, an administrative office and a cafeteria. The pods still exist today along the sidewalk and add to the beauty of the campus.
Robert “Bob” Adair served as principal from 1969 – 1986. During this time “F” Building was added. The expansion included a library and additional classrooms. The Triangle lounge (teacher’s workroom) was also added. Also included was the gym, art and music rooms. The campus also received many awards during this time including Battle of the Books, music awards, Kawanis International for Safety Patrol excellence, Girls softball championship and first place in the NISD track meet (competing with middle school students). Honorable Henry B. Gonzales and then mayor Henry Cisneros visited the campus to present commemorative Fiesta medals and the mayor cooked a meal for a special education class.
In 1986 Dorothy Sweet was assigned principal and served during the 1993 renovation to meet ADA requirements. This renovation added additional space to the school cafeteria and administrative office. Mrs. Sweet retired in 1993 and the Glenoaks library was renamed in her honor: Dorothy Sweet Library. The reading rocker donated in her honor is still being used today to read to students. From 1993 to the present additional upgrades have occurred and enhanced the beauty of the campus: playground equipment, new canopy along the walkway, upgraded drainage and gutters. P.T.A. has purchased park benches and in 2001 during the 40th Birthday Celebration the Glenoaks Walk of Fame was added to the front of the school. The pavers are dedicated to former retirees since that time and parents and staff purchase pavers for special occasions especially for fifth graders completing their final elementary school year.
Janette Felder served as principal from 1993 -2013. The state accountability system brought on the advent of high stakes testing and in 1998 Glenoaks was the first Title I school in the district to earn the Exemplary rating. Glenoaks also earned the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence that same year. Outstanding staff and supportive parents made this honor possible. Then superintendent Ed Rawlinson accompanied Glenoaks and two other district campuses to Washington D.C. for a memorable trip to receive the honor. Many recognitions have followed including Recognized status from the TEA for many years and Exemplary rating again in 2008-2009. Glenoaks was additionally recognized by the city of San Antonio as city-wide Recycling Champion for two consecutive years 1996-98 . This honor was earned by the amazing support and dedication of our parents and grandparents.
Glenoaks is proud to be a part of the Northside family for the past 50 years and looks forward to continuing the tradition of excellence with the support of our students, their parents, the dedicated staff and the support of Northside Independent School District.
Glenoaks now houses approximately 670 Pre-K -fifth grade students. We provide English as a Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual classes at each grade level as well as house three Newcomer classes.
Glenoaks Elementary Mission:
The Glenoaks Staff will ensure academic proficiency in each subject area and development of a strong character for all students.
Vision for Glenoaks Elementary:
Our students will be empowered, life-long learners that utilize their critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving skills to
make positive contributions to their communities.