Patricia Bundy and Barbara Lee, the 2016 inductions into the South Houston High Teacher and Staff Hall of Honor. Bundy served as chair of the Business Department and Lee as head of the English Department during their SHHS tenures.
Two faculty icons whose tenures began during South Houston High’s formative years have been selected for induction in the school’s Teacher and Staff Hall of Honor.
Patricia Bundy, who taught business courses at the school for 15 years, and Barbara Lee, who taught English for 25 years, will be inducted during South Houston homecoming activities in October.
Bundy and Lee will bring the total of teacher inductees to 28, all chosen since the Teacher and Staff Hall was established four years ago.
Bundy will be the first business teacher inducted. Lee joins an illustrious list of former South Houston English teachers to be inducted. During her tenure, Lee was a department colleague of Ina McDaniel, Carolyn Perry and June Sledge, all previous Hall of Honor inductees who began teaching at the school in the 1960s.
Three new inductees for the South Houston Alumni Hall of Honor will be announced in August.
The five new inductees will be honored during the school’s annual Homecoming Open House on Oct. 6. All will be introduced during a noon reception in the Reinartz Conference Center in the middle of campus.
On Oct. 8, the five inductees will be honored again during pregame festivities at the Trojans’ homecoming game. The ceremony will start about 45 minutes before the 1 p.m. kickoff.
Profiles of the two new teacher inductees:
Bundy came to South Houston High in 1962, fell in love with a class of savvy sophomores, traded in her English texts for a room full of chattering typewriters and discovered that she was just the right type to teach business courses to a generation of Trojans.
By the time she left South Houston in 1977, Bundy could have used an adding machine to tally her honors and educational affiliations. In 1974, she was selected as the Texas Business Education Association’s district teacher of the year. The following year, she was named the year’s outstanding teacher by the Knights of Columbus.
Also in 1975, Bundy was chosen as Texas Teacher of the Year by TBEA.
She left a job in the oil sector to sign on as a South Houston teacher just six years after the school opened. She taught sophomore English for a year and junior English the next, maintaining her connection with the Class of 1965.
She moved to the business department the next year and, teaching senior courses, accompanied the Class of 1965 all the way through to graduation. Not surprisingly, she served as senior sponsor for the class.
As chairman of the business department, Bundy taught office machines, business math, typing, general business and office procedures. She also served as sponsor for the Class of 1969. She endeared herself to hundreds of business and non-business students alike in her role as faculty adviser to the Tri-Hi-Y and Hi-Y recreational programs.
Bundy earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Houston. She served as president of Delta Pi Epsilon, a graduate business fraternity and was named a member of the school’s honor society.
Her service to TBEA included roles as a district representative and state membership chairman. She also served as a committee chair for the Mountain Plains Business Education Association and as a member of the National Business Education Association and the International Society of Business Education.
In 1976, she was elected president of the Jane Long Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Both of her daughters graduated from South Houston – Susan in 1969 and Sandra in 1971.
Bundy teamed with fellow faculty members Dorothy Williams and Sue Barnett to establish the Norman Bundy Memorial Scholarship, presented annually to a South Houston senior. The scholarship honored her husband, Norman, who was killed in a chemical plant vehicle accident in 1973.
Bundy, now Patricia Bundy Bartley, lives in Galveston.
Another of the master English teachers who came to South Houston during the school’s early years, Lee taught 25 years, endearing herself to students with her Southern charm and her insight into the grace of both the English language and just growing up.
For 14 of those 25 years, she chaired the English Department. She took two Creative Writing Club teams to the state UIL contest. And at one time or another, she taught every English subject South Houston had to offer, including senior classes in Composition, Advanced Writing, British Literature and Accelerated College Prep.
Born to teach, Lee started began her formal education in a two-room schoolhouse in Arkansas where her father taught. When her parents’ general store failed during the Depression, the family relocated to Del Rio, where Lee earned her high school diploma at age 15. She attended Texas State College for Women (now Texas Women’s University), studying textiles and costume design, but left during her junior year to marry Joe Dean Lee.
Joe and Barbara were married 63 years before his death in 2012.
The couple moved to Houston, where Joe worked for Shell Oil. And in 1960, Lee resumed her studies at the University of Houston, where she graduated in 1963. She began teaching at South Houston that fall.
In addition to her teaching chores, Lee sponsored the Class of 1968 and the Class of 1972, of which her daughter, Shelley, was a member. She also sponsored the Us Folks singing club, the Literary Club and the Creative Writing Club. Along the way, she earned her master’s in English from UH-Clear Lake and attended Cambridge University in England during the summer of 1982.
In 1975, she was promoted to chair of the English Department and held that position until her retirement in 1988.
Before and after retirement, Lee was actively involved in Delta Kappa Gamma, an international association of women educators focused on educational issues and scholarship awards. She served as a mentor to colleagues, former students and neighborhood children, many of whom considered her a second mom. After her retirement, she taught Shell engineers technical writing skills and worked with other Shell employees to improve their English speaking skills.
Lee still lives in the Pasadena area.