Park View Intermediate School recently celebrated half a century of excellence with their 50 year anniversary jubilee, an event filled with fond memories.
Hundreds of students, alumni and current and former administrators filled the gym at the campus to celebrate the school’s history. Guests were treated to performances by the Park View honors orchestra, show choir and steel drum band.
Two special members of the audience were two of the three former principals, James Satterwhite, 1981-1992 and Merlin Mohr, 1992-2000. John Clinton was Park View’s first principal, serving from 1965-1981. The campus has a unique claim to fame as the only school in Pasadena ISD that in 50 years has only had four principals.
Current principal, Rob Hasson, welcomed the crowd and offered some wisdom to students, “Listen closely Cowboys, these moments are just the beginning of your plans, your dreams for the future, but more than that these are the most precious times of your life. It’s not necessarily what you’re learning in the classroom that you’ll look back on 30 years from now, but the relationships and friendships with one another.”
After a national anthem performance by Park View student Nicholas Connors, who famously performed for Texans football player J.J. Watt, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kirk Lewis shared some information about the school’s history.
“Park View was built at a time when the City of Pasadena was growing rapidly,” Lewis said. “Many people remember Park View as a premier school, because of its central location and proximity to the administration building and Bayshore Hospital.”
Former principal James Satterwhite shared some of his memories of Park View and how he came to Pasadena ISD.
“I saw a sign at a job fair on the campus of Sam Houston State University that said ‘Pasadena ISD.’ After talking with a man there I was offered a position,” Satterwhite said. “Imagine if that sign had said ‘San Antonio ISD’, my life might have been much different and I certainly wouldn’t be here with you tonight, but I’m so glad I am.”
Former Park View librarian, Betty Ann Jones told the crowd about her experience at the campus. “When I came in, the school was still under construction. I went to my library and there was nothing but stacked tables and chairs. You better believe I had that library ready to go when our doors opened for the school year,” she said. “I have so many memories of my time here and they are all so precious. I am thankful to be here tonight with you and with so many others who are making memories like mine today.”
After others shared their fond memories of the school’s 50-year history, representatives from the City of Pasadena City Council and Congressman Gene Green presented proclamations to Hasson, declaring November 6, 2015 Park View Intermediate Day in Pasadena and congratulated the school on their achievement.
Hasson shared final words before guests were free to tour the campus and enjoy refreshments.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve as the principal of this school for the past 16 years,” he said. “I want to say how proud I am to be a part of such a rich culture and history that this school has sustained for so many years.”