More than 3,000 students, teachers, families and friends came together at the Humble Civic Center Expo and Arena to be part of a huge Kickoff Pep Rally for Humble ISD Aug. 25.

Kickoff pep rally draws Kickoff pep rally draws thousands to civic center

It was the beginning of a year of celebrations marking the district’s 100th anniversary. In February 2019, the district will be 100 years old and this school year is the centennial year for a district now one of the largest and most renowned in the state.

The rally began with the district’s five high school bands marching onto the arena field one by one and playing loud pep-rally music and dueling to see which could outplay the others. Cheerleaders screamed their cheers and led the crowds of school fans. Lots of small children played games on the arena floor before and after the rally. There were pictures to be taken with football players, teachers, friends and neighbors. The Harris County Public Health Department provided state-of-the-art mobile units with games, entertainment, health information and services for children and adults. There was plenty of good food and ice-cold water and drinks for a hot evening of fun. For many who stayed after the rally, there was great music by the hometown band 59 North with its wide range of ‘70s-’90s country and classic rock music.

Charles Cunningham, president of the Humble ISD Board of Trustees, addressed the crowd midway through the loudest part of the rally by leading a cheer. Standing in the center of the arena, he yelled at the top of his lungs into the microphone.

 

“It don’t matter if you’re a Wildcat! It don’t matter if you’re a Mustang! … if you’re an Eagle! … if you’re a Panther! … or you’re a Bulldog! You’re all Humble ISD!”

The crowd yelled back loud support for each mascot as Cunningham called them out, followed by a massive roof-trembling cheer from all corners of the arena.

Kylie Jobe from Jack Fields Elementary is a Wildcat cheerleader for sure! Photos by Bruce Olson

 

District Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen summed up the event after it concluded.

“It was really wonderful to see five strong bands all come together. When a school district is a fast-growth district like us, sometimes you really become more a district of schools and less a school district,” said Fagen. She said it was great to see the different bands and band directors come together and create a performance that integrated them together right at one of their busiest times of the year.

Describing the enthusiasm overall, including the bands, cheerleaders, students, their families and the crowds, Fagen said, “It reminded me about everything I love about Humble ISD. It doesn’t matter how hot it is. It doesn’t matter how crowded it is. Everybody comes out to support the school district.”

Jamie Mount, director of public communications for the district, pointed out there was a lot of planning and hard work behind the scenes needed to make the kickoff and coming events successful.

“Preparations for Humble ISD's 100th Anniversary began about two-and-half years ago when Dr. Robert Meaux, author of ‘Images of America; Humble,’ met with Superintendent Dr. Guy Sconzo about the need to begin planning for celebrations to occur in the 2018-2019 school year,” said Mount.

She said the Celebrations Committee was formed and envisioned and planned the Centennial Year Celebration Kickoff and other events yet to come. The committee is chaired by Trustee Robert Sitton, who is part of a family of three generations of Humble High School graduates. Other members of the committee are: Donna Thrash, Humble community member; Jess Fields, owner of Rosewood Funeral Home; Humble City Councilman Norman Funderburk; Lynette Calfee, retired Humble ISD assistant principal; Humble ISD Coordinator of Student Assessment Christina Trotter; Jennifer Wooden, director of the Humble Civic Center; Geralyn Sullivan, Mosaic Agency liaison; Scott Brady, architect at Joiner Partnership; and Carrie Brinsden, Kingwood community member. In addition, departments and schools from throughout Humble ISD became involved. Mount and her staff have also been deeply involved in the entire project.

Groves Elementary second-grader Juole Mourning with his Summer Creek High School buddies, Dylan Smith (right) and Andres Duplantier. Photo by Bruce Olson

 

“It felt really special to come together as an Humble ISD family in celebration of school spirit and history,” Mount said.

If the crowd’s enthusiasm at the Kickoff Pep Rally was any indication, the coming year of celebrations will be a year everyone in the district is likely to never forget. As events are announced they will be posted on the Humble ISD website, humbleisd.net.

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I have been married since 1970 to Kerry, my best friend and a great Australian woman. I served and survived Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force. I fought forest fires in the summer while in college, where I earned a B.A. in economics from Oklahoma State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas. I retired from Continental Airlines. I have a son and two granddaughters in Kingwood, and a daughter and two grandsons on a farm near Mazabuka, Zambia. I am now enjoying life as a grandfather, Tribune correspondent and Humble ISD guest teacher when not traveling to Zambia or Australia.