Humble ISD celebrates 100 years with speeches, sparks
The celebration for Humble ISD’s centennial birthday was quite a rapturous affair.
The district held its 100-year anniversary celebration from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at George Turner Stadium.
Joel Osteen, Lakewood Church’s senior pastor, expressed much joy for being invited to speak at the event. In his address to the crowd, he recalled many memories including running around the stadium’s track and attending the football matches.
“To me, tonight is about looking back and remembering those that have sown into our lives for the last 100 years and also to celebrate the people that are helping us today,” said Osteen, who graduated from Humble High School in 1981.
Other speakers at “Humble ISD: 100 Years in the Making” included Mayor Merle Aaron, State Rep. Dan Huberty and Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen.
At the end of his speech, the mayor proclaimed that Feb. 16 is the “Humble Independent 100th-Year Anniversary Day” and commended the close relationship between the city and the school district throughout.
Humble ISD shares a name with the city it was birthed in after one of its first residents Pleasant Smith Humble, who settled in the 1880s. It is also the home of Humble Oil and Refining Co., which later became ExxonMobil, and Humble ISD’s 43,000-plus students.
’We expect the future to be even better — the future to be something we can look back in a hundred years and say, ’Boy, we did a good job!” Aaron said.
Huberty presented two resolutions when he got on stage, one was on behalf of the Texas House of Representatives and the other was from Gov. Greg Abbott. He presented the former to Charles Cunningham, Humble ISD’s president, and read the latter to the crowd.
He said the event was a great way to celebrate the area’s “past, present and future” and noted that growth has always been Humble’s great company.
“The district has come a long way, and the work that they’re doing today for the kids is phenomenal,” Huberty said. “It will continue to be innovative, to grow. It’s exciting.”
In Fagen’s speech, she praised all the parties involved in shaping Humble ISD into what it is today, among them the teachers, parents, business leaders, officials and members of the community who always prioritize the children.
“As we take on the next 100 years, I want you to know that this is the most incredible school district community that I’ve ever had the opportunity to be a part of, have my own children educated in,” Fagen said.
Live entertainment was also part of the event, chief among them was that from musician and Kingwood High School alumnus Gary Kyle and his band, The Kins. Prior to a medley of songs from his discography, he began his performance with a cover of “God Bless the U.S.A.” with a notable emphasis on the lyrics’ Houston reference.
As the skies turn dark, a fireworks show began and capped off the event.
“This is an awesome, awesome, awesome event,” said Tiffany Perkins, local resident and River Pines Elementary music teacher. “Congratulations Humble ISD for 100 years and I hope they’ll have a hundred more!”