Lance Thompson chosen as namesake of Elementary No. 19
Lance Thompson chosen as namesake of Elementary No. 19
Posted on 05/14/2018
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An overhead view of the planned design of Northwest ISD's new elementary prototype

At their May 14 school board meeting, Northwest ISD trustees unanimously approved Lance Thompson as the namesake of the district’s 19th elementary school, which will be located in the Harvest community and is anticipated to open in August 2019.

"We are absolutely honored to present this name selection for Elementary School No. 19,” said Superintendent of Schools Ryder Warren, Ed.D., at the May 14 school board meeting. “Lance Thompson Elementary will continue the tradition of excellence in education for Northwest ISD students."

The new elementary school will be located in the Northlake area, in the Harvest community off of F.M. 407. Northwest ISD received donated property from the Thompson family, and the school board approved the contract agreement on April 11, 2016. The district naming selection committee met and confirmed the name, Lance Thompson, as submitted on the donation deed, meets the criteria specified in the local board policy and made its recommendation to the board.

Lance Thompson was a young Northwest ISD resident who was born in 1981 and passed away suddenly in 1987. His father, Roger Thompson, was a rancher in the Justin area for many years and a Northwest ISD school board member from 1989 to 2001. Lance’s mother, Sharla Stockard, retired from Northwest ISD as the district’s student data services coordinator.

“I grew up with my mother and father talking to me about the importance of being an asset to the world,” Roger Thompson said. “It is my hope that this school will make a difference in the lives of children in our community, and my family is honored to donate this land.”

Construction on Lance Thompson Elementary School is scheduled to begin this summer. The school will be the first to use Northwest ISD’s new prototype elementary school design, which was created by Huckabee. Joeris General Contractors will build the school. The two-story school will feature several collaboration spaces, with the heart of the school anchored by a learning commons and library area featuring a built-in Makerspace.

To read more about the process of designing the school through student input, click here.