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Deer Park ISD to honor late board trustee

Written by InsideDP.com Staff. Posted in Schools

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Deer Park ISD will honor the late W. Reginald Knowles with a memorial service in the library that bears his name. Knowles, who died in May, was a strong advocate for DPISD students and their talents both in fine arts and athletics. The service is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Knowles Library at South Campus.

A memorial service is scheduled on Saturday, Oct. 14, for W. Reginald “Reggie” Knowles, longtime Deer Park ISD School Trustee and community member, who passed away in May. The service will begin at 2 p.m. at the Deer Park High School-South Campus library, which was named in Knowles’ honor in 1995.

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.

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.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Deer Park Education Foundation by clicking the following link:

http://helpdpkids.org/giving/donor-pledge-card/