About L.V. Hightower
Fort Bend ISD's seventh high school is named after a man who dedicated his life to public education in Fort Bend County, former Fort Bend Principal Lockhart Valentine (L.V.) Hightower.
Hightower was an employee of the district for 30 years, beginning his career as a coach at the old Sugar Land High School. When the Sugar Land and Missouri City school districts consolidated, he was appointed Athletic Director and Assistant Principal of Dulles High School. He served as principal of Dulles Junior High School and also opened Sugar Land Junior High (now known as Sugar Land Middle School) where he served as Principal until he retired in 1980.
Education has been a big part of the Hightower family. Hightower's wife, Dorothy, was also an educator. When the couple retired in 1980, together they had over 52 years of experience in the field. That family commitment to quality education continues today through their daughter, Scotty Bass, who served as principal at Meadows Elementary School.
According to the committee who chose L.V. Hightower as the name of Fort Bend ISD's seventh high school, Hightower was a fitting choice. "He provided leadership for our district and truly cared about our students. His life was dedicated to education, and he set standards worthy of our respect and emulation."
Hightower's daughter knows her father would have been both proud and thrilled to have seen the school named after him, stating "He loved children and his life was devoted to helping others. He valued education, and that was evident throughout his life. He had a special gift of making everyone - no matter where they lived, no matter what color their skin was, no matter what church they attended - feel special. He could do this because he believed that every person was special. And even better, he made them believe in their own hearts that they were special."