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  • Remembering DPHS graduate and retired School Board member Frank "Bubba" McLean

    Posted by Matthew Lucas on 7/5/2018




    Today, Deer Park ISD remembers Deer Park High School graduate and retired School Board member Frank "Bubba" McLean, who passed away Tuesday.


    Only a handful of people could be considered a Deer Park legend, but Bubba was surely on the list. He grew up in Deer Park and graduated in 1956. He was a member of the 1954 and 1955 Deer Park High School 1A State Football Championship teams. As an individual, he was an all-state football player, and he was also on the basketball, track, and baseball teams.  He was chosen by his peers as Class Favorite and Most Handsome.


    In 2005, he shared some of his memories in celebration of the District's 75th anniversary.  “The teachers were great, fantastic teachers," he said.  We were such a small school. They had elementary, junior high and high school all crammed together in one school. All of the teachers were really wonderful.  Deer Park was a safe place. Didn’t really have a crime problem then. The community was a big family."


    Both of his parents worked for the District.  "My mother ran the cafeteria for over 20 years," he explained. "Back then, the school wasn’t in charge of the cafeteria, so if we made money, we made money.  If we didn’t, it was our loss. Lunch back then only cost 25 cents for a big serving of meat, two pieces of bread, and a milk. Much more than you could eat. My dad was a transportation supervisor. He drove the bus for over 25 years, and in all that time, he never had one accident. My parents really loved the school and those kids. My mother actually designed the china for the school cafeteria.”


    McLean served on the Board from August 1984 - May 2000. In 2002, McLean told the Deer Park Broadcaster why he ran for School Board.  "I felt the need to give back to the school district after they gave me so much," he said. "I had always talked about running for School Board. Finally, my wife told me to either run or stop talking about it. I was fortunate enough to win and served for 17 years. The feeling to be able to give something back after all the District has given me has been great."


    "Serving with Bubba was never dull," current Board President Ken Donnell said.  "You could count on him to say and do the unexpected! But whatever else one might say about Bubba McLean, one thing was certain: he was passionate about DPISD!  We will miss him!"

    In April 2000, the athletic stadium at what is now DPHS-North Campus was named in honor of McLean and his leadership on and off the playing field. He was inducted into the Felton F. Waggoner Hall of Honor, which recognizes outstanding DPHS graduates, in 1998.





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  • Local industries recognize DPHS students for academic achievements

    Posted by Matthew Lucas on 6/21/2018

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    Hundreds of Deer Park High School students attended the 61st Annual Academic Honors Dinner prior to the end of the school year.  The dinner was created by a group of industry representatives who wanted to honor students for their grades.  This year’s event was sponsored by the following local companies:


    Diamond Sponsor :

    Texas Molecular


    Platinum Sponsor:

    Lubrizol Corporation


    Gold Sponsors:

    Dow Chemical Company

    Geo Specialty Chemicals

    Intercontinental Terminals Company

    Vopak Terminal – Deer Park


    Silver Sponsors:

    Evonik Industries


    Occidental Chemical Corporation


    To earn an invitation to the dinner, a student must have an overall grade-point average of 3.7 or higher for the first semester of the current school year.  Almost 700 students qualified for the dinner this year.


    Planning committee chairperson Frank Marine, president of Texas Molecular, also recognized the top student in each grade level:


    Freshman - Mallory Hill


    Sophomore - Rafael Estrada



    Junior - Jeremy Yarbrough



    Senior - Emily Sample


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  • Remembering retired School Board member Joe S. Cathey

    Posted by Matthew Lucas on 6/19/2018 4:00:00 PM



    Today, Deer Park ISD remembers retired School Board member Joe S. Cathey, who passed away on Thursday.  Mr. Cathey served in Board Position 4 for a quarter-century, retiring in 1994. During his tenure on the Board, he served in multiple offices include Board president.  The District recognized his service by naming the street that borders the west side of Deer Park High School-South Campus and Clyde Abshier Stadium "Joe Scott Cathey Avenue" in his honor.


    During his tenure on the Board, Cathey was known to all as a strong supporter of the District's many athletics teams and other student groups.


    Former Trustee Donna Thomas spent two years on the Board with Cathey, but she said she had a favorable impression of him long before she even met him because she thought highly of Cathey's wife, Gusta, with whom Thomas had gone to school.  "My first meeting with Joe was in my law office just after I filed for my first term on the school board," she said.  "I sought his support, but he wasn't so sure about me."


    Cathey was Board president when Thomas was elected.  "He kept order during a tumultuous time," she said.  "The best interest of the district was always his guidepost.  I think he would like to be remembered as a loving husband and father, who contributed to his community."


    Current Board President Ken Donnell did not serve on the Board with Cathey, but the two men worked together for many years at Southwestern Bell, and Donnell said Cathey inspired him to run for the Board.


    "I knew he was on the School Board," Donnell said.  "He was very proud of that fact. As I asked questions about his service and he shared his passion with me, I became interested in serving as well.  He even invited me to his house one time ... to explain what the Board did and how the meetings were conducted.  So Joe's example and the encouragement of Joe and (retired administrator) Harry Fuller persuaded me to run for Position 5 in 1994, when Reginald Knowles retired."



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  • PHOTO GALLERIES: Bonnette Junior High Variety Show

    Posted by Matthew Lucas on 6/19/2018







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  • Paige Project raises $30,000+ for three Deer Park students battling cancer

    Posted by Matthew Lucas on 6/12/2018

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    The Paige Project '18, a fundraiser planned and hosted by a group of Deer Park Junior High students, raised over $30,000 for three Deer Park ISD students fighting cancer.  The evening included a Light Up the Night glow concert, glow necklaces, Kendra Scott Gives Back, a silent disco, and a silent auction.


    The show included performances by the DPJH Choir; the DPJH Band; the DPJH Orchestra; the Deepwater Elementary Choir; the Carpenter Elementary Choir, Chime Club, and Ukulele Club; students from the Deer Park High School-South Campus Theatre Department; the Deer Park Community Band; and local country music performer Cooper Wade.


    For more information, go to: https://paigeproject2018.weebly.com/







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  • SJE walking trail dedicated in honor of retired teacher Chuck Bezdek

    Posted by Matthew Lucas on 6/11/2018 4:00:00 PM



    San Jacinto Elementary fifth-grade students, staff members, and District representatives recently celebrated the dedication of the school’s SJE Happy Trails track in honor of retired physical education teacher Chuck Bezdek.  He was an educator for 40 years.


    Bezdek told the students that the trail, which winds through the back of the school grounds through tall pine trees, was theirs to enjoy with their families.  “I appreciate the name and the honor, but it’s for y’all,” he said.  “I want to thank you for inviting me here today. Me and my wife, Donna, will be in the back of the line walking!”


    As he walked the trail, dozens of students approached Bezdek for a hug and asked, “Do you remember me?”  He smiled and replied, “I remember everybody!  Just don’t get me started on names! It’s been three years since I retired!”




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  • DPHS Golf Team members sign to play at colleges

    Posted by Matthew Lucas on 6/11/2018



    Congratulations to Deer Park High School Golf Team members Ryan Harris and Joseph Rone, who each recently signed to play for their respective colleges.  Harris signed with Centenary University, and Rone will play for LeTourneau University.  Go Deer!


    Ryan Harris golf May 2018


    Joseph Rone Golf May 2018


    Photos courtesy of Athletic Director Darren Chandler.


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