From modest country roots to fast-growth suburbia to the hybrid district we are today, SBISD has always provided a premiere learning environment and educational experience for every child.
Spring Branch was organized into an independent school district in the spring of 1946, shortly after Superintendent H.M. Landrum returned from World War II, events that set the course for a remarkable period of growth for the newly minted district.
How? A populace awash with affluence and optimism after the misery of the war years was eager for the American dream, and they found it in newly developing suburban areas across the country where a house with a yard could be had for a relatively modest sum. Burgeoning Spring Branch was one of those suburban areas.
Merge that with an iron-willed superintendent – Dr. Landrum – and a district that cares deeply about education and you have a recipe for rapid but managed growth. Enrollment in SBISD peaked in 1976 at just over 41.000, from around 350 when organized in 1946, with the district opening campuses at a clip of nearly one per year.
Enrollment dipped through the 1980s to a low of just over 24,000 in 1988, but has slowly risen to a fairly consistent 35,000 the past few years, the new growth fueled in part by changing demographic patterns in certain areas of the district. And many areas once in decline are now regentrifying and bringing yet another demographic shift to some of those areas.
While most of the district is part of the city of Houston, the six Memorial villages were created in the 1950s to avoid annexation. They remain vital and highly desired bedroom communities.
Through it all the Spring Branch community has supported the school district, through bond programs to build – now rebuild – the district, through volunteer support both at the campus and the district levels and caring deeply about its children and their futures.