Fort Bend ISD History

The Missouri City Independent School District and Sugar Land Independent School District were consolidated by election on April 18, 1959, forming the Fort Bend Independent School District.

At that time facilities consisted of 2 elementary schools, one in Sugar Land (now the Lakeview campus), and one in Missouri City (now E.A. Jones campus). The junior high was located in Sugar Land (now the Lakeview campus) and a high school was located in Missouri City (now Missouri City Middle School campus). Kempner Stadium was used as the athletic facility for Fort Bend ISD at that time.

Prior to desegregation , black students attended one of three schools in Fort Bend ISD. M. R. Wood School in Sugar Land educated students in grades 1-12, Oaklane Elementary in Arcola housed grades 1-8 and Staffordshire Elementary in Stafford housed grades 1-4. (Missouri City High School black students had been transferred to M. R. Wood in past years).

In September 1965, all schools were desegregated and the Oaklane and Staffordshire elementary schools were closed. Oaklane Elementary was sold in 1979 to the county and the Staffordshire property was later sold. As the desegregation plan progressed, students were enrolled in the schools in the attendance zones in which their residences were located. The M. R. Wood students went to Lakeview, the Staffordshire children to E. A. Jones and the Oaklane children to Blue Ridge.

Administrative offices for the superintendent, assistant superintendent and office staff were housed at Sugar Land Junior High because of available office space. The tax office was maintained in Missouri City because Missouri City had a tax assessor-collector, while Sugar Land did not. The Sugar Land tax assessor-collector was employed on a part-time basis.

A site was immediately purchased on Dulles Avenue (at that time known as Lester Road) and construction of the Administration Building and John Foster Dulles High School began. The Administration Building was occupied in the summer of 1961. Fort Bend ISD had its first graduating class in 1960. The first class actually graduated from the present Dulles High School in 1962.
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