Trustees approve Leo Adams Middle School name
Trustees approve Leo Adams Middle School name
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Leo Adams
Leo Adams

Northwest ISD trustees unanimously voted to approve naming the district’s next middle school, currently under development near Eaton High School, after Leo Adams, an instrumental figure in the school district’s formation.

Mr. Adams is best known as a former mayor of Justin, but he was also a founder of Northwest ISD as well as a school board trustee. The school being named after Mr. Adams also serves as symbolism for his close relationship with fellow former trustee V.R. Eaton, as the two namesakes’ schools are located across the street from each other. Their close family link also extends to their children, as one of Mr. Adams’ daughters, Jeannine, married the son of Mr. Eaton, Roy.

While serving as mayor of Justin for more than 10 years, Mr. Adams helped oversee the creation of Northwest ISD in 1948 when several smaller school districts – in Haslet, Justin, Rhome and Roanoke – consolidated into the single district. Mr. Adams made multiple trips to the state capitol in Austin to meet with legislators regarding the establishment of the district.

Without Mr. Adams’ involvement, Northwest ISD would unlikely exist today, and he also helped steer its formative years. He was an inaugural member of the Northwest ISD Board of Trustees, serving multiple stints, including as board president.

In his professional life away from politics, Mr. Adams was the owner of Justin Lumber Company, where he built more than 300 buildings in the area, including homes, churches and banks.

A groundbreaking ceremony for Leo Adams Middle School is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14. The school is anticipated to open in 2018.