PISD celebrates history with Texas Historical Marker Dedication

Current Pflugerville ISD students, alumni and the entire Pflugerville ISD community will come together to celebrate the history of the district with the dedication of a Texas Historical Marker on Friday, Oct. 12. A member of the Texas Historical Commission will present the historical marker at the Pflugerville ISD Rock Gym, 700 W. Pecan Street, on Friday, Oct. 12 at 4:30 p.m.

“The installation of this marker shows that the tradition of high-quality, excellent education has been in this community for well over a century, when the first immigrants came over,” Vernagene Mott, PISD school board vice president said. “Their vision 100 years ago is exactly the same as it is today – to provide the best possible education to students in this community. I think it is also very fitting that we preserve the past as we carry on the torch into the future.”

The marker will commemorate public education in Pflugerville ISD as well as the Rock Gym, which was built in 1934 as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Works Program Administration (WPA) initiative and served as a noted athletic venue in the area.

The Historical Marker will detail the history of public education in Pflugerville from its beginning 1872 with a one-room school on the Henry Lisso Farm. The school later moved to the Carrington Ranch and had one teacher for all grades, with instruction in English and German. In 1907, a two-story white brick school opened in Pflugerville on property donated by George Pfluger.

In 1919, the Texas Legislature created the Pflugerville Independent School District (PISD). After consolidation with Highland, Dessau, Center Point and Rowe, a two-story red brick school was built on this site in 1921. Pflugerville schools integrated in 1965, and in 1973 a new high school campus was established west of this site. Nearly a century after its founding, PISD serves more than 23,000 students on 29 campuses.

The program will include:
  • Presentation of Colors
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • National Anthem
  • Welcome by Elva Gladney, PISD Board of Trustees President
  • Speakers: Charles E. Dupre, Superintendent of Schools; Norman Sansom, Pflugerville High School Alumnus and Retired Educator; Bunny Oliver, Pflugerville High School Alumnus and Professional Artist
  • Recognition by Vernagene Mott, PISD Board of Trustees Vice President
  • Unveiling of Marker by Barry Hutchinson, President of the Travis County Historical Society