Six new schools join the Northside family

November 19, 2010
A counselor, an engineer, an educator, a former governor, and a U.S. Supreme Court justice were honored as the namesakes for Northside ISD's five newest schools. In addition, the formal open house for the new Construction Careers Academy (CCA) at Warren High School was held.
Thousands of parents, students, and staff members attended dedication ceremonies for the five schools, which opened in August for the 2010-11 school year. (CCA officially started classes last year, but the building was completed this school year.)
Dr. Pat Henderson, Jim Martin, and Bobbye Behlau elementary schools, Dolph Briscoe Middle School, William J. Brennan High School, along with Construction Careers Academy, joined the 100-plus schools in the Northside School District. 
All the schools were funded by the voter-approved School Bond 2007, which built a dozen new schools to accommodate enrollment growth. Enrollment, now at 94,702, is increasing by about 3,000 students a year.
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Pictures from each dedication ceremony can be viewed by clicking on the slide show links.

Dr. Pat Henderson Elementary School (Slideshow)
Dr. Pat Henderson is the District’s former Director of Guidance and Counseling, who is recognized nationally and internationally as a trailblazer in her field. She pushed for guidance counselors to play a much more critical role in the lives – and futures – of students. To that end, she developed the Comprehensive Guidance Program, which today is the model for state and national counseling guidelines. Henderson served as Director of NISD Guidance and Counseling from 1982 to 2001, and during that time, the District was named one of the top 10 elementary guidance and counseling programs in the nation by the U.S. Department of Education. 
Henderson has authored more than a dozen books and has received lifetime achievement awards from the American School Counselor Association and Texas Counseling Association. Later this fall, she’ll also receive a lifetime honor from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.
Jim G. Martin Elementary School (Slideshow)
Jim Martin dedicated his career to public education even though he was never a classroom teacher. An engineer by trade, Martin spent 30 years working for San Antonio area school districts, making sure children were educated in safe, durable, and energy-efficient schools.
After working for North East ISD and Judson ISD, Martin joined Northside in 1991, and throughout his two decades with the district, he oversaw the construction of more than 40 new schools and facilities. Martin’s personal integrity and transparent building and bidding policies earned him the respect of architects, contractors and engineers across the region.
One of Martin’s final projects was to push for construction of San Antonio’s first official “green” school, to be built following the strict protocol established by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines. The Board of Trustees then honored Martin’s commitment to the environment by naming the school after him soon after he retired in 2008.
Bobbye Behlau Elementary School (Slideshow)
A woman with a passion for preserving the past has now become part of history as a school namesake. Bobbye Behlau first joined the NISD family in 1962 working as a first grade teacher, and then reading specialist. She moved into school administration as a vice principal in 1979, and then opened Timberwilde Elementary School, serving as its principal for almost a decade. 
After retiring, she combined her love of history and education and wrote the history of NISD as part of the District’s 50th anniversary. At the same time, she also co-founded the NISD School Museum Association, whose mission is to celebrate and preserve the District’s history and honor alumni.
Dolph Briscoe Middle School (Slideshow)
Gov. Dolph Briscoe passed away just a few months before his namesake middle school opened, but the students and staff at Briscoe Middle School will work hard to keep his legacy alive as generations of students pass through the hallways. 
As a state representative, Briscoe helped shaped public education as we know it today, advocating for the Gilmer-Aiken Act, which consolidated rural schools and established the first comprehensive school funding system. 
As governor, Briscoe increased education funding by $4 billion and raised teacher salaries by the highest percentage in history – without raising taxes.
The lifelong rancher also is renowned for his philanthropic efforts, and many local historical and educational institutions have benefitted from his generosity. Briscoe died on June 27, 2010 at the age of 87. His daughter, Janey Briscoe Marmion, attended the dedication ceremony.
William J. Brennan High School (Slideshow)
Justice William J. Brennan Jr. served on the nation's highest court from 1956 to 1990. His tenure spanned eight presidencies, during which he authored 1,360 opinions. Only five justices have served longer, and only one has authored more opinions.
Brennan is best known for two rulings: Baker v. Carr and New York Times v. Sullivan. Baker v. Carr gave federal courts – not elected officials – the power to ensure the fairness of voting districts, thus the "one person, one vote" doctrine. New York Times v. Sullivan reshaped libel law, making it more difficult for public officials to sue the media for libel. 
Brennan died in 1997 at the age of 91, but his grandson and daughter-in-law attended the dedication ceremony to watch as his legacy was honored by students and staff.
"It is such a thrill to be able to honor these exemplary individuals by naming a school after them," Superintendent John Folks said. "They will serve as wonderful role models to many students for years to come.”
Construction Careers Academy at Warren High School (Slideshow)
Construction Careers Academy (CCA), Northside ISD's fifth magnet school, now has a home. A 42,000-square-foot building on the Warren High School campus was completed this summer.
Almost 300 students currently attend Construction Careers, which prepares students for employment in construction-related occupations. The curriculum is geared to students who want to attend a four-year college, start a career, or both.
CCA began offering classes to students last year at Warren High School. Students will continue to take core classes and participate in extracurricular activities at Warren but now head to the new CCA building for construction-related classes.
In their junior year, students will choose from one of six areas of interest, called strands: construction, electrical trades, HVAC, plumbing/pipe fitting, architecture, and engineering.
Students can to earn industry-recognized credentials and college credit through course work emphasizing math, safety, print reading, the use of tools, construction methods and materials, and project management.