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Reginald “Reggie” Knowles, longtime Deer Park ISD School Trustee and community member, passed away on Monday, May 8. Knowles was elected to serve in Position No. 5 on the Board from 1975-1993. He also served in each office of the Board, including three terms as Board president, and was the Board’s representative to the Texas Association of School Boards. In 1995, the Deer Park High School-South Campus library was named in his honor.
Knowles served in the air force during World War II and moved to the Deer Park area in the mid-1950s. He and his wife, Frances, raised two children, both of whom graduated from Deer Park High School. He retired from the Shell Deer Park Manufacturing Complex.
During his 18 years on the Board, Knowles was a strong supporter of student activities and could often be seen enjoying fine arts performances and athletic events.
Retired trustee Donna Thomas first worked with Knowles on the Deer Park Public Library board before spending a year on the school board with him. “I remember him fondly as being dedicated to his responsibilities and the voice of reason,” she said.
His was a strong individual presence on the Board, and Knowles focused on being an unbiased representative for all DPISD students. “You have to represent all schools---the system as a whole---and not play one against the other,” he once said. “You get into the politics of the School Board, and the objective should be to ensure the education of children.”
Knowles also had a love and respect for Deer Park history. When the portico entrance to the original DPHS campus (located near the corner of Fifth Street and Ivy Avenue in Deer Park) was scheduled for removal, it was Knowles who suggested that the stone deer heads on the portico be saved and repurposed. The deer heads were later used as part of the brick sign that remains in front of what is now DPHS-Wolters Campus.
Even after he retired from the Board, Knowles continued to support the District by attending student performances and paying for campus and District administrators to attend the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce’s annual Salute to Industry luncheon.
Funeral services will take place in Louisiana, but a Deer Park memorial service will be scheduled soon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Deer Park Education Foundation by clicking the following link:
The Fairmont Junior High Theatre Department will present two performances of its spring production, Peter and the Star Catcher, this weekend. Performances will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 19, and at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, in the FJH cafeteria. Tickets are $5 each for students and $8 each for adults and can be purchased in the FJH office before or after school this week or at the door on Friday and Saturday evening.
FJH Theatre Teacher Sarah Kouba said she can’t wait to see how audiences will respond to the production. “Students have been working around the clock since March to put this fun play together,” she said.
The talented students in Chef Reggie Vincent’s Culinary Arts Class at Deer Park High School have won the chance to compete in the national cooking competition on July 3 in Nashville, TN. The Deer Park Communications team had a chance to visit and watch Christian, Ivan and Lorenzo create a dish from their last competition. They spoke to us about the class, the competition, and team work. Good luck to the team at nationals!
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