Board member Fred Roberts with his wife Vicki at the Roberts Middle School Dedication.
Associate Superintendent of Campus Development Alyta Harrell and Roberts Principal Jorly Thomas.
Known for his dedication and concern for Pasadena ISD students, longtime school board member Fred Roberts officially became the namesake to a new school on Thursday during a dedication ceremony for Fred Roberts Middle School.
“When I found out there would be a school named after me, I thought of how great an honor it is and what it really means,” Roberts said.
“Fred Roberts is just a name, but behind it are all of the people who have poured into my life as positive influences to make me who I am today. That’s what I want you to know, behind you there are so many people rooting for your success, I’m lucky to be one of them.”
The aviation-themed ceremony welcomed over 400 guests including Roberts’s wife, Vicki, a Dobie High graduate; and their children: Zachary, Jacob, Sara and Jordan, all whom attended Pasadena ISD schools.
The dedication included performances by the new school’s orchestra and band, and the Dobie drumline and choir; and featured presentations by Dr. DeeAnn Powell, the Pasadena ISD superintendent of schools; Roberts Middle School principal Jorly Thomas; Alyta Harrell, the district’s associate superintendent of campus development; and the Sam Rayburn High JROTC.
Roberts was also presented with a proclamation on behalf of the City of Pasadena Mayor Johnny Isbell declaring April 28, 2016 Fred Roberts Day.
“Fred is a true friend to this district, to these students and to me,” said Rev. Emory Gadd, associate pastor of Sagemont church and longtime friend of Roberts. “A true friend is loyal, accepting, and honest and is always lifting up others. Fred is all of those things and more and it’s my honor to be here with him to celebrate.”
The youngest of seven children, Roberts attended Kruse Elementary, Jackson Intermediate and Pasadena High School. He later attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. He attributes his love of giving back to the community to his parents.
“That’s how I was raised,” Roberts said. “My parents were involved in Pasadena schools, church and the community. I have simply followed their example.”
Also present at the event were former Pasadena ISD school superintendent Dr. Kirk Lewis; the construction and design staff from Texas-IBI Group; general contractors from Morganti and members of the future facilities committee, who recommended the addition of the campus to the district.
“I speak for all of us when I say we truly appreciate the community and taxpayers for supporting the construction of this campus by the passage of the 2011 bond,” Dr. Powell said. “An integral part of any successful bond campaign is the Facilities Committee. We thank you for recognizing the contributions of Fred Roberts, a man worthy of this honor.”
Construction on the 128,000 square-foot facility, located on 13402 Conklin Lane, began in December 2013. Last August, the school opened to 630 students.
Taking note of the school’s mascot, the “Aviator,” Thomas expressed his thoughts about the campus.
“At Roberts we tell our students on a daily basis, if you believe it, you can achieve it,” Thomas said. “Aviators believe in themselves and others, allowing them to fly to reach their full potential. Remember to be the pilot of your own dreams.”
Guests in attendance of the Roberts dedication posed for a group photo in the shape of a plane for the Aviators.
From left to right: Dr. DeeAnn Powell, superintendent of schools, board members Kenny Fernandez and Jack Bailey; board assistant secretary Nelda Sullivan; Roberts; board vice-president Vickie Morgan; board president Mariselle Quijano and board secretary Marshall Kendrick.
Roberts (center) with his daughter Sara and son Zachary.
Roberts signs the ceremony program for teacher Kim Camfield's daughter.