Humble area community members enjoyed a special ceremony and dedication of the Humble ISD Historical Marker on Thursday, April 25, at Charles Bender Performing Arts Center.
Humble ISD was awarded a Texas Historical Marker in honor of the district's founding 100 years ago.
Guests were welcomed by Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen and City of Humble Mayor Merle Aaron. A brief history of the school district was given by Dr. Robert Meaux. Much of the research and work in attaining the marker was done by Meaux, a local historian, published author, and Humble ISD employee. Special recognition was given by representatives of Houston City Council Member Dave Martin, Harris County Commissioner Precinct 2 Adrian Garcia and Harris County Commissioner Precinct 4 R. Jack Cagle. Presentation of the marker was provided by Paul R. Scott, State Marker Chair of the Harris County Historical Marker Commission and Debra Blacklock, Marker Dedication Chair of the Harris County Historical Marker Commission.
Participants enjoyed guided tours of the Charles Bender building, which opened in 1930 and was used as the district's only high school until 1965. The Charles Bender Performing Arts Center was renovated in 2014 to serve as a venue in downtown Humble and is located at 611 Higgins Street.
In addition to the unveiling of the Historical Marker, attendees enjoyed orchestral music by the Humble High School Chamber Strings, directed by Andrew McCallum, and a vocal performance by Kingwood Park High School sophomore Brooke Searcy. A coffee reception was catered by Humble ISD Culinary Arts students under the direction of Chef Daniella Jenkins, a Summer Creek High School teacher.