Grape Creek ISD - Historical Information
(Preceding class photos courtesy of Mrs. Inez Groff, former Grape Creek School Teacher.)
1927-28 Mrs. Coulter's class in the Grape Creek School building. Note the wood stove in back of room. This picture is from the George W. Groff collection.
1935-37 "Rock Building" built by WPA. This building was used by the school for a cafeteria and community meeting place. Mr. S.T. Allen was principal during this time. During the 1930s, Grape Creek classes went through Grade 10. Students during this era attained high school diplomas by graduating Grade 10. The school eventually became a K-8 district with high school students transferring to other districts and continuing through grade 12.
1948-50 Pulliam School consolidated with Grape Creek School. The consolidation was necessary for Pulliam because their school was located where the O.C. Fisher Dam was to be built.
1961 Red Creek (Quail Valley) consolidated with Grape Creek and Veribest districts.
1962 Enrollment grew to 71 students, partially due to the consolidation.
1963 Land was purchased (from the Poss family) and the building that is now the middle school was built. The county school board at the time included President Buford L. Dulin, Secretary J. B. Scoggin, Members R. L. Baker, William Burrell, Venoy Michaels, Henry Raburn and J. P. Williams.
1964 Enrollment--126 Students
1965 Enrollment--136 Students
1970 Until this year, Grape Creek had been a county school governed by the County School Board and a County Superintendent was chief administrator.
1971 Grape Creek became an Independent School District and named its first resident superintendent. Dan C. Grounds, who joined the district in 1968, was the first Superintendent of the Grape Creek-Pulliam Independent School District. Grounds had been a teacher, coach, and, finally, principal in the district before becoming the superintendent. Enrollment grew to 220 students. Kitchen and cafeteria areas were added to the building.
1972 The gymnasium was added to the south end of the building.
1973 A portable building was placed behind the gymnasium for extra space and resource classes.
1974 The first of two elementary wings was built on the south side. Enrollment grew to 305.
1981 The second elementary wing was built on the south side. Enrollment grew to 551.
1984 One extra room was built onto each of the elementary wings.
1985 Four portable buildings were added behind the elementary area. Enrollment grew to 614.
1987 Construction of a Grape Creek Sports Complex was begun on part of the land where the high school now stands. A stadium, track and field house were included in the plans.
1988 Three more portable buildings were added behind the building.
1990 Enrollment grew to 678.
1991 A portable building to house administrative offices was added, along with a "Functional Living" building and a classroom for "Early Childhood". Dan Grounds resigned in October and David Clegg became the interim superintendent before the district hired Dr. Billy Howell as the second superintendent in the history of the school. Dr. Howell came to the district from Amarillo River Road.
1992 Dr. Billy Howell assumed duties as superintendent and tackled problems with accreditation, the building of the sports complex, and the possibility of passing a bond to build a high school.
1993 Enrollment reached 693. The district attempted to pass a bond election to build a high school/middle school on the same land where the sports complex was built. The bond election was defeated. There was strong opposition to the building of a high school, but many voiced a willingness to build just a junior high building on that site. The problem with that scenario was that the financial basis for the plan was retaining money that the district was currently spending in tuition for sending Grape Creek secondary students to other area high schools and receiving state attendance money for those students. There would have been no monetary gain by building just a junior high school.
1994 Dr. Howell resigned to become superintendent of Shallowater ISD and GCISD began a search for a new superintendent.
1994 June 1, 1994, Dr. David Goodman was named as the third superintendent of GCISD. He came to Grape Creek from Midlothian ISD where he had been a successful high school principal. Working with the board of trustees on the long-term plans for the district, Dr. Goodman began researching methods for building a high school without the need for a bond election.
1995 Administrative offices were moved from the portable building behind the elementary school to its current location in the Bank of America building at 8207 US Hwy 87N. Work was begun on plans and financial options for building a high school and keeping Grape Creek secondary students in the district.
1996 Three portable buildings (6 classrooms) were placed on the land where the old red brick building had stood. These rooms were used to house the freshman class of the proposed new high school. The plans were underway to keep Grape Creek high school students and phase in the high school classes one year at a time. The first graduating class would be the class of 2000.
1997 August 11, 1997, the ribbon was cut at the new high school building and students registered for the first day of classes in the new facility. Enrollment for the K-10 student body reached 934.
New High School, 1997
1998 October 30, 1998, Dr. David Goodman announced his resignation to accept the superintendent position at Andrews ISD. Mr. Charlie Uselton became interim superintendent effective Jan. 1, 1999 to guide the district through the end of the school year and to assist in the search for a new superintendent.
1999 March 2, 1999, Don L. Ickles was named new superintendent of GCISD effective May 1, 1999. Mr. Ickles came to the district from Region XV Education Service Center where he had been Education Specialist. He had worked with all districts in the region in the training of superintendents and school board members, as well as in-service training for teachers.
2000 May 25, 2000 the first class graduated from Grape Creek High School. Grape Creek graduated 68 seniors. The district launched another attempt to pass a bond election to refinance the high school and make needed repairs to the other buildings.
2000 June 3, 2000--Although it meant an increase in property taxes, the community passed the bond election in a strong show of support for maintaining an independent school district. If the bond had not passed, the district would have sought consolidation with another district.
2001 Grape Creek graduated 63 seniors.
2002 Grape Creek graduated 65 seniors.
2003 Don Ickles announced his resignation as Superintendent to become the superintendent at Lorena ISD. Olivia del Hierro was appointed to serve as interim superintendent.
2003 July 8, 2003, Frank Walter became the new Superintendent of GCISD. He came to Grape Creek from Leakey, where he had been superintendent since 1997. Grape Creek graduated 51 seniors.
2004 Grape Creek graduated 99 seniors.
2005 On January 4, 2005, members of the Grape Creek ISD Board of Trustees, administration, faculty and student body were joined by the district’s community members, architects and engineers for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Middle School Expansion Project. After years of careful planning and stacks of proposed blueprints, the middle school expansion project was finally becoming a reality. The $1.44 million project began with the organization of a Citizens’ Committee in 2000. Committee members conducted local studies and interviews, gathered input from the community and studied various options to address the district’s overcrowding problem. The result was a Facilities Improvement Plan that served as the basis for the Middle School Expansion phase, which included construction of a new band hall, six classrooms, a science lab, two computer labs, two dressing rooms and a library.
2005 Grape Creek graduated 76 seniors.
2006 The construction phase of the Middle School Expansion Project was completed and approved by the board on January 23, 2006. It adds 20,000 square feet of instructional space to the middle school. As part of the project, the existing band hall was joined with the existing cafeteria to expand the cafeteria’s seating capacity. Also, the Elementary and Middle School libraries were combined in a beautiful new facility, forming a collaborative K-8 library.
2007 Grape Creek graduated
2008 Grape Creek ISD honored long-time librarian and teacher, Katy Franklin, by naming the middle school and elementary libraries the Katy Franklin Media Center. Grape Creek graduated 76 seniors.
2009 Grape Creek graduated 63 seniors.
2010 Grape Creek graduated 83 seniors. Frank Walter resigns as Superintendent of Schools.
2011 Grape Creek ISD hires David Hale as Superintendent of Schools. Mr. Hale came to the district from Roby where he served as superintendent.
2012 Grape Creek High School cuts the ribbon on a half-million dollar science lab and lecture building purchased with grant funding.
2015 - Mr. Hale resigns as Superintendent. Barbie McMath hired as Superintendent.
2016 - Barbie McMath resigns as Superintendent. Angie Smetana hired as Superintendent.
2018 - A $10,750,000 Bond for a new Middle School passes with a vote of 216 FOR/136 AGAINST
2018 - New Boys' and Girls' Field Houses constructed at the HS Football Field
2018 - October 26 - Groundbreaking on New Middle School Building
2019 - October 31 - Ribbon-cutting on New Grape Creek Middle School Building
2019 - November - Elementary portable classrooms removed to prepare for renovations