From left to right: Adams's son-in-law J.R. Clowers, daughter Amy Clowers, grandson Mason Clowers, Adams, Adams's wife Pat and son Mike Adams.
Wayne Adams (right) with his South Houston High football coach, Jody Johnson.
Over 100 family members, friends and Pasadena ISD administrators took a stroll down memory lane Tuesday night as the Pasadena ISD Board of Trustees honored longtime educator and project coordinator Wayne Adams as the district’s Distinguished Alumnus for 2016.
“When I found out about this honor, I wondered, ‘Why me?’” Adams said during a reception at the district’s Carmen Orozco Professional Development Center. “I’m not famous -- and it certainly couldn’t have been based on money or good looks.”
“I must’ve done something right along the way, and that’s because I’ve had help from others. I found out a long time ago, no one does anything alone. There is always someone helping to guide you in the right direction, giving you a pat on the back and when needed a kick in the rear end.”
Adams, a 1967 South Houston High graduate, was accompanied by his wife, Pat; his son, Mike Adams, an assistant principal at Memorial High; his daughter Amy Clowers an assistant principal at Meador Elementary; his son-in-law, J.R. Clowers; his grandson, Mason Clowers; and his sisters, Diane Wilson and Barbara Peacock.
Also in attendance were fellow alumni from South Houston and fellow current and former Pasadena High staff and administrators. Adams served as principal at PHS from 1995 to 2002.
In his 42-year career in education, Adams served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal and as a Pasadena ISD consultant.
In addition to his many job roles with the district, Wayne’s involvement in both the Texas Invitational and the Pasadena ISD Education Foundation has been a key to the success of both groups. He was a founding member of the Education Foundation board, the group’s second president and a consultant during the final portion of his 13-year association with the group.
“Whether I was at Pasadena High, the education foundation or with the basketball tournament, my success was always about a lot of good people working together to make good things happen for kids in this district,” Adams said. “I appreciate this honor so much.”
At the close of the program, a bronze commemorative plaque was presented to Adams by Pasadena ISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. DeeAnn Powell and members of the school board.
“In recognition of your contributions to this community and your positive reflection on this district, this bronze plaque with be mounted at the administration building on the wall along with your fellow distinguished alumni,” Dr. Powell said.
After a standing ovation from the audience, Adams shared some words of wisdom.
“One of the things I’ll always remember -- and words I live by even today -- were spoken by my college football coach,” Adams said. “Always give 100 percent to whatever job you’re doing, always do the right thing and never do anything that wouldn’t make your mama proud.”
As principal of Pasadena High, Adams was named the Region 4 High School Principal of the Year in 1998. He served on the board of the Texas Association of Secondary Schools Principals and was regional coordinator for the group for six years.
As a student at South Houston High, Adams established himself as an accomplished athlete. In football he earned all-district, All-Greater Houston and all-state honors. In track, he twice won district titles in the shot put and discus. His senior year, he won the silver medal in shot put at the state meet and won another silver medal at the Summer Olympics.
From left to right: Dr. DeeAnn Powell, superintendent of schools; board member Kenny Fernandez; board president Mariselle Quijano; board secretary Nelda Sullivan; Adams; board member Jack Bailey; board vice president Vickie Morgan; board member Fred Roberts and board assistant secretary Marshall Kendrick.
Pasadena High secretary Nell Huffman with former PHS assistant principal Sylvia Hebert.