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District, city say goodbye to former FISD superintendent

March 12, 2019 GMT

Walter Wilson, who served as the superintendent of Friendswood ISD from 1998 to 2002, died March 11.

Before becoming superintendent, Wilson dedicated 34 years of service to the school district, beginning in 1966 as a science teacher and head basketball coach. He led the boys varsity team to state a state championship in 1969 and to state final four appearances in 1968 and 1971. Honoring his service, the high school’s field house was named in his honor.

He then served as the assistant principal of Friendswood High School from 1970 to 1974, and took the reigns as principal from 1974 to 1977, when be became the assistant superintendent. He was appointed as the ninth superintendent in FISD in 1998.


“The city of Friendswood joins the FISD family in mourning the passing of former Superintendent Walter Wilson. He was a not only a teacher, coach, and administrator, Walter was also a dear friend and mentor to me,” Friendswood Councilwoman Trish Hanks said in a statement. Hanks served as the Friendswood superintendent for 15 years before retiring in 2017. “As his Assistant, I saw Walter constantly demonstrate how much he cared for students, parents, teachers, and staff. We are all blessed that the timing of his career and the city’s expansion allowed Walter to professionally grow and eventually lead FISD from 1998 to 2002. He was the right Superintendent at the right time,”

Wilson received his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&I, now Texas A&M-Kingsville, and a master’s degree from Sam Houston State University.

After retiring in 2002, Wilson continued to work with the district, in 2012, he received the honorary alumnus award from the Friendswood ISD Education Foundation and Friendswood High School Alumni Association, according to a school district release.

“Walter Wilson was a Friendswood pillar,” Friendswood ISD Superintendent Thad Roher said in a district release. “I knew Walter as a student and administrator in FISD. He shaped my view of Mustang pride and its importance and foundational value to our community. I will miss talking basketball, kids, and Friendswood pride with him.”