Friendswood Schools came into being teaching grades 1-11 in a new building on Spreading Oaks Drive. The school opened its door to kids, some arriving on horseback while others on foot, the first alumni of Friendswood Schools. It was an exciting time to pave the way for generations to come. The next 75 years would see many changes to the school, the area, the country and the world. Friendswood would grow to be one of the nation’s best cities in which to live and offering a stellar school system to all here.
Leading the Way
Wendell Hadley 1939-1946
WS Lyon 1946-1954
Harold Barnett 1954 -1956
Tom Manison 1956-1960
Dennis Grizzle 1960-1967
John Ward 1967-1977
Ted Thomas 1977-1991
Gary Clay 1991-1998
Walter Wilson 1998-2002
Trish Hanks 2002 to Present
Academic Decathlon State Champions:
2013, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002,
2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995,
1994, 1993, 1988
FISD IN THE HOUSE
DAN GATTIS, FHS’86
Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, 2002 to 2011
Dr. SUSAN GRATIA-HUPP, FHS’87
A Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives 1997-2007.
LARRY TAYLOR, FHS’78
2012 elected member of the Texas Senate.
A Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, 2003-2012
A familiar face in Friendswood ISD and a big part of FHS living history is gone but certainly not forgotten. Dr. Myrlene Kennedy, FHS’ biggest fan, passed away after a brief illness.
Dr. K, as she is affectionately known, was in her 55th year in the district with a memory that could take you from day one in a small town called Friendswood where she was hired to teach sixth grade science in 1959. The community had dirt roads and some students rode horses to school. Shoes were not mandatory until 1965.
Although hired for sixth and seventh grade science, she soon taught Physical Education, Journalism, Texas History, Business Law, World History, Speech, Civics and Economics, and American History. She was also the Newspaper (Lariat) advisor for seven years and the Round Up (yearbook) advisor for 17 years. Kennedy was the Director of Student Activities from 1971-1977, Assistant Principal from 1978-1997, FHS Principal from 1998-2007, and Assistant Superintendent from 2007 to 2014. She coached Girls Varsity Basketball for 9 years and Girls Tennis for 11 years. For four years she served as the One Act Play Director and was the debate coach for eight years.
She was inducted into the Mustang Hall of Fame in 2003, received the first Making a Difference Award in 1993 and has been the director and producer of the annual FHS musical for 46 years. She organized Homecoming and reunions for more than 40 years as well as graduation activities. Alumni would greet her across the nation and world. Momentous occasions such as graduations, weddings, babies, and career awards were daily shared by alumni with Kennedy. Since email, keeping up with former students became easier and she was proud to admit she has now impacted some of their grandchildren in the district.
In administrative duties, she worked with the University Interscholastic League as District Chair and met regularly with coaches to keep everyone informed on UIL rules for play. She hosted the UIL Academic District Meet held annually, often at FHS. Kennedy assisted alumni with the FHS Alumni Association and was named an Honorary Alumna in 2008.
At the January 13, 2014 regular meeting of the FISD School Board, board members voted unanimously to name the FHS auditorium, the Myrlene Kennedy Auditorium. So many happy moments of her life at FHS were spent in the facility. She loved FHS and dedicated her life to it.
UIL State Academic Champions:
2011-2006, 2004, 2001, 2000, 1998
The Friendswood ISD Education Foundation was created to support the educational programs for both the students and staff of the Friendswood Independent School District. Funds will be used to facilitate student achievement and skill development, to recognize and encourage staff excellence, and to expand community involvement from individuals, businesses and civic organizations.
In conjunction with the city’s centennial celebration, Friendswood Junior High and the Friendswood Historical Society created the Centennial Garden on the site of the Perry Home, directly across from the school. Seventh-graders under the direction of FJH Science Teacher, Carol Lee and Master Gardeners, Doris Heard and Jeanette Barlow planted a garden that was tended by the students and local senior citizens. Today Friendswood’s Seniors continue to care for the garden.
Lone Star Champs
2014, 2010, 2009
This Plaque stands under the flag on
Friendswood School’s front lawn
Presented to the District in 1995
by the Friendswood Historical Society