Dr. Joe Ward was a volunteer for many years working with students at Health Careers High School where he also taught an independent studies statistics course for credit. In 1997, Dr. Ward was named Northside's Outstanding Intergenerational Volunteer. Ward was also recognized by the State Board of Education as a Hero for Children. Dr. Ward provided valuable assistance to students and teachers in their efforts to use statistics and computers in research. He encouraged and assisted teachers in introducing Advanced Placement Statistics courses into the curriculum.
Dr. Ward passed away on June 23, 2011 at the age of 84. His educational beliefs and community involvement are echoed in the school’s mission statement. It is our hope that every Ward Wrangler leaves these halls as proud and honored to be a part of this school as its namesake was.