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Mr. Ed Rawlinson, a long-time educator and former Superintendent of Schools for Northside Independent School District. Northside ISD, South Texas' largest school system, has a policy of naming  middle schools for prominent Texans who have made significant contributions to education. In a unanimous vote, Northside School District's Trustees voted to name the District's 13th middle school for Ed Rawlinson.

Ed Rawlinson retired as superintendent on June 30, 2002. Rawlinson, who had been superintendent of the largest school district in South Texas for six years, spent 39 years working in education, 31 of those years at Northside School District. Known as a quiet leader with a steady vision, Rawlinson consistently focused on improvement and the professional side of accountability. In an interview conducted not long after having become superintendent, Rawlinson stated that he wanted “people to think of Northside as a school district that attempts to have all students reach their maximum potential and as a District that builds capacity of teachers and principals to accomplish that. In 2000-01, under Rawlinson's leadership, Northside became the largest district in Texas to achieve Recognized District status. In 2001-02, it once again achieved Recognized status. Mr. Rawlinson is an avid cook who shares his wares with our staff on special occasions. He visits the campus often and is an active participant in our mentoring program. Mr. Rawlinson is an outstanding role model for our students and staff, and we are proud to claim this exceptional educator as our namesake.