Anniversary celebrations honor the past, present, and future

October 17, 2014

Two NISD schools will celebrate their anniversaries this year. Thornton Elementary School turns 25 and Holmes High School celebrates its golden anniversary.

Thornton Elementary School celebrated its 25th anniversary with a ceremony on Oct. 14 that brought together past and present students and staff along with members of the Thornton family.

Each year the District commemorates the 25th or 50th anniversary of schools, based on their opening dates.

Northside’s second oldest high school, Holmes High School, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary on Feb. 4, 2015 at 6 p.m. Those who worked at or attended Holmes, have information or memorabilia to share, or would like an invitation to the event, should contact the school. The public is invited to attend anniversary events.

 “We open new schools every year and, understandably, there is much attention paid to our newest campuses, their students, and staff,” says Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods. “But we also make a concerted effort to put the spotlight on our existing schools, particularly when they reach special milestones.”

When Thornton opened its doors in the fall of 1989, it was Northside’s 32nd elementary school and the District’s enrollment was 49,470. Today, there are 74 elementary schools in Northside and more than 103,000 students.

To honor their 25-year history, Thornton’s fifth grade choir performed with an alumni choir under the direction of the school’s music teacher ReNee Nadeau, who has been at the school since the beginning. The stage event concluded with the debut of the first-ever school song.

To view an album of pictures from the event, visit Northside’s Facebook page.

Community members who would like to be notified by email about upcoming school anniversaries and important NISD news can join Friends of Northside and follow the District’s Facebook page.