FBISD History

The Missouri City Independent School District and Sugar Land Independent School District were consolidated by election on April 18, 1959, forming the Fort Bend Independent School District.

At that time facilities consisted of 2 elementary schools, one in Sugar Land (now the Lakeview campus), and one in Missouri City (now E.A. Jones campus). The junior high was located in Sugar Land (now the Lakeview campus) and a high school was located in Missouri City (now Missouri City Middle School campus). Kempner Stadium was used as the athletic facility for Fort Bend ISD at that time.

Prior to desegregation , black students attended one of three schools in Fort Bend ISD. M. R. Wood School in Sugar Land educated students in grades 1-12, Oaklane Elementary in Arcola housed grades 1-8 and Staffordshire Elementary in Stafford housed grades 1-4. (Missouri City High School black students had been transferred to M. R. Wood in past years).

In September 1965, all schools were desegregated and the Oaklane and Staffordshire elementary schools were closed. Oaklane Elementary was sold in 1979 to the county and the Staffordshire property was later sold. As the desegregation plan progressed, students were enrolled in the schools in the attendance zones in which their residences were located. The M. R. Wood students went to Lakeview, the Staffordshire children to E. A. Jones and the Oaklane children to Blue Ridge.

Administrative offices for the superintendent, assistant superintendent and office staff were housed at Sugar Land Junior High because of available office space. The tax office was maintained in Missouri City because Missouri City had a tax assessor-collector, while Sugar Land did not. The Sugar Land tax assessor-collector was employed on a part-time basis.

A site was immediately purchased on Dulles Avenue (at that time known as Lester Road) and construction of the Administration Building and John Foster Dulles High School began. The Administration Building was occupied in the summer of 1961. Fort Bend ISD had its first graduating class in 1960. The first class actually graduated from the present Dulles High School in 1962

Dulles Junior High was occupied in March 1965, and all sixth through eighth graders were housed in the one facility until the openings of Sugar Land Junior High in August 1975 and Missouri City Junior High in October 1975.

The old Missouri City High School housed Annie Wilcox Elementary until Blue Ridge Elementary was occupied in August 1969. These facilities were later demolished for the construction of the present Missouri City Junior High (the present Missouri City Junior High gymnasium is the old gymnasium used by Missouri City School District High School).

M.R. Wood School held all the district's special education students and programs until the state mandated that those students should be housed on campuses near their homes.

The Louis P. Rodgers Memorial Auditorium was constructed in 1969 and named for the district's first superintendent who died in May 1967.

The Fort Bend Area Career School was constructed in 1971.

Meadows Elementary was occupied in August 1973.

Ridgemont Elementary was occupied in August 1973.

Quail Valley Elementary was occupied in August 1975.

Sugar Land Junior High was occupied in August 1975.

Missouri City Junior High was occupied in October 1975.

Dulles Elementary was occupied in August 1976.

Briargate Elementary was occupied in August 1977.

The Athletic Complex on Highway 6 was started in April 1976. Football games were played there during the 1976 season, and the baseball fields and field house were started in 1977.

Edward Mercer Stadium was dedicated September 9, 1977.

Townewest Elementary was occupied in August 1978.

Dr. Leslie A. Wheeler Jr. Field House was dedicated September 10, 1978.

Johnnie Frankie Baseball Field was dedicated September 10, 1978.

Quail Valley Junior High was occupied in September 1978.

Willowridge High School (phase I) was started in February 1978 and was occupied in September 1979.

Lantern Lane Elementary was occupied in January 1979.

Fort Bend ISD Athletic Complex was occupied in 1979.

Ridgegate Elementary was occupied in January 1981.

Mission Bend Elementary was occupied in August 1981.

Colony Bend Elementary was occupied in August 1981.

The Fort Bend ISD Transportation Center was occupied in 1982.

In 1982, Stafford Municipal School District opened and was created from areas in Fort Bend ISD and Houston ISD.

William P. Clements High School was occupied in 1983.

Dulles Junior High School was reopened and occupied in 1983.

Sugar Mill Elementary was occupied in 1984.

Settlers Way Elementary was occupied in 1984.

First Colony Junior High opened in September 1985.

Palmer Elementary opened in September 1985.

Hunters Glen Elementary opened in September 1985.

Fort Bend ISD Administration Building at 16431 Lexington Blvd. opened in October 1985.

Mission Glen Elementary was occupied in the fall of 1986.

Highlands Elementary was occupied in the fall of 1986.

Christa McAuliffe Junior High was occupied in the fall of 1986.

The Warehouse facility on Julie Rivers Road was opened in January 1987.

Hodges Bend Junior High was occupied in September 1987.

Pecan Grove Elementary was occupied in September 1988.

I.H. Kempner High School was occupied in September 1988.

Austin Parkway Elementary was occupied in September 1989.

Barrington Place Elementary opened in the fall of 1990.

Colony Meadows Elementary opened in the fall of 1991.

Mission West Elementary opened in the fall of 1991.

Ronald E. McNair Auditorium was completed in the summer of 1992 - dedicated on September 23, 1992.

Willowridge campus (Phase II) was completed in the summer of 1992 - dedicated on September 23, 1992.

Walker Station Elementary opened in the fall of 1992.

Lake Olympia Middle School opened in the fall of 1992.

Lawrence E. Elkins High School (grades 9-10) opened in the fall of 1992.

Building name changes - M. R. Wood School to M. R. Wood Alternative Education Center and Fort Bend Career School to Technical Education Center in the fall of 1992.

Lakeview Auditorium - Texas Historical Commission - Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1993 - dedication service was held on April 3, 1993.

Clements Auditorium - dedication - September 1993.

Lexington Creek Elementary - opened August 17, 1994 - dedicated August 9, 1994.

Edgar Glover Elementary - opened August 17, 1994 - dedicated - August 11, 1994.

Arizona Fleming Elementary - opened August 17, 1994 - dedicated - August 25, 1994.

Quail Valley Middle School closed - used to house the Progressive High School and other district programs.

Lakeview Elementary Renovation dedicated August 1, 1995.

Stephen F. Austin High School opened August 14, 1995 - dedicated August 13, 1995.

Macario Garcia Middle School opened August 14, 1995 - dedicated August 3, 1995.

Walter Moses Burton Elementary opened August 14, 1996 - dedicated August 11, 1996.

Quail Valley Middle School - reopened August 14, 1996 - reopening celebration August 29, 1996.

Brazos Bend Elementary opened August 14, 1997 - dedicated November 9, 1997.

Commonwealth Elementary opened August 14, 1997 - dedicated November 9, 1997.

Sienna Crossing Elementary School opened August 13, 1998 - dedicated October 11, 1998.

L. V. Hightower High School opened August 13, 1998 - dedicated October 11, 1998.

Don Cook Natatorium opened August 13, 1998 - dedicated October 18, 1998.

Oyster Creek Elementary opened August 14, 1999 - dedicated October 17, 1999.

Lula Belle Goodman Elementary opened August 15, 2000 - dedicated October 15, 2000.

Rita Drabek Elementary opens August 16, 2001

Sartartia Middle School opens August 16, 2001

Fort Settlement Middle School opens August 16, 2001

George Bush High School opens August 16, 2001

Barbara Jordan Elementary opened August 15, 2002 - dedicated October 13, 2002.

Thurgood Marshall High School opened August 15, 2002 - dedicated October 13, 2002.

Buddy Hopson Field House opened in 2004 - dedicated January 23, 2004.

Scanlan Oaks Elementary opened August 12, 2004 - dedicated September 12, 2004.

Kenneth Hall Stadium opened in 2004 - dedicated October 8, 2004.

In 2005, the district's 61st campus opened as the Hodges Bend Annex to address over crowding until middle school #13 opens. The Annex will become an elementary school in 2007-2008 when middle school #13 opens.

Travis High School opened August 21, 2006 - dedicated October 15, 2006.

Billy Baines Middle School opened August 21, 2006 - dedicated October 22, 2006.

Oakland Elementary School opened August 21, 2006 - dedicated October 15, 2006.

Mary Austin Holley Elementary School opened August 27, 2007, after serving as the Hodges Bend Annex, and was dedicated on October 7, 2007.

David Crockett Middle School opened August 27, 2007, as the district’s 13th middle school, and was dedicated on October 7, 2007.

Cornerstone Elementary School opened August 27, 2007, and was dedicated on October 21, 2007.

Rosa Parks Elementary School opened August 27, 2007, and was dedicated on October 21, 2007.

On August 27, 2007, E. A. Jones Elementary opened a newly rebuilt campus located at 302 Martin Lane in Missouri City. The campus was rebuilt on property adjacent to the original campus built in 1955.

In 2007, Elementary #39 located 3440 Lexington Blvd. in Missouri City, opened to temporarily house Quail Valley Elementary students while their campus was being rebuilt. Mary Holley Elementary (Elementary #39) opened as a new elementary school in August 2008.

The newly rebuilt campuses for Quail Valley Elementary, 3500 Quail Village Drive, in Missouri City and Missouri City Middle School, 202 Martin Lane, in Missouri City opened in August 2008. The Quail Valley campus was rebuilt on its original site, and Missouri City Middle School was rebuilt on property adjacent to the original campus built before the district was consolidated in 1959. The school’s original gymnasium will remain and be used for early childhood programs.

On August 25, 2008, Lynn Armstrong Elementary, 3440 Independence Blvd., in Missouri City, and Jan Schiff Elementary, 7400 Discovery Lane, in Sienna Plantation, opened.

Juan Seguin Elementary, 7818 Grand Mission, 7817 Grand Mission Blvd., in Richmond, opened on August 24, 2009.

On August 23, 2010, the district opened three new campuses ― Heritage Rose Elementary located in the Glendale Lakes subdivision on the east side of district, Ridge Point High School located in Sienna Plantation, and the Ferndell Henry Center for Learning, the district’s second alternative campus located on the east side of the district, bringing our total number of campuses to 73.

Superintendents
Before the district was consolidated in 1959, Louis P. Rodgers was superintendent of the Missouri City School District and Edward Mercer was superintendent of the Sugar Land School District. Rodgers was named the first superintendent of the district. He served until his death in May 1967. Mercer, who had been assistant superintendent, was named superintendent upon Rodger's death and served until his retirement in August 1974.

Lawrence Elkins served as superintendent until the spring of 1984.

Dr. Rodney E. LeBoeuf became superintendent in February of 1984 and served until his retirement in March 1991.

Dr. Raj K. Chopra was superintendent from August 1991 - July 20, 1994.

Dr. Don W. Hooper, was named the district's sixth superintendent on February 15, 1995 and retired in June, 2002.

Dr. Betty Baitland, was named interim superintendent on April 10, 2001, and became superintendent on July 1, 2002. She officially retired effective January 2007.

Dr. Manuela Pedraza, was named acting superintendent on December 12, 2005, and served in this role until September 9, 2006.

Dr. Timothy R. Jenney, was named the district’s eighth superintendent on September 9, 2006.

Fort Bend Independent School District
16431 Lexington Blvd
Sugar Land, Texas 77479
281-634-1000