Legend has it that the town of Spring was born in the mid 1800s. Just where the name Spring came from is up for speculation. Old-timers recall that a mining camp settled just south of Spring Creek about the same time the season changed from winter to spring. The men had endured an especially harsh winter, so they welcomed the new season by naming their location "Spring Camp." Other old-timers maintain the Spring name gets its origins from a creek of the same name that runs through the east side of the District.
The school district that bears the Spring name was born in 1935 when two small thriving schools merged to form one independent school district. One of those schools was located in what is now Old Town Spring and the other, called "Harrell," was located just west of the current FM 1960/Kuykendahl intersection.
Throughout the years, many of the District’s schools and facilities have been named in honor of the men and women who have contributed to the District’s growth and reputation for educational excellence.
Educators and board trustees who have had schools or facilities named after them include the District’s first Superintendent of Schools John A. Winship; Mildred Jenkins, nurse; Otto H. Meyer and Avalt H. Meyer, board trustees; Edwin M. Wells, board trustee; Pearl M. Hirsch, teacher; George E. Anderson, board trustee; O. B. Dueitt, board trustee; Joan Link, secretary; J.O. Salyers, board trustee; Dr. Joseph Beneke, superintendent; Lewis Eugene Smith, principal; B. F. Clark, teacher and principal; Deloras Thompson, board trustee; Richard Crain, band dirctor; Leonard George, athletic director; Gordon M. Anderson, superintendent; Stelle Claughton, administrator; Chet Burchett, board trustee; Milton Cooper, administrator; James Leo, administrator; Phil Geiger, band director; Pat Reynolds, principal; Rickey C. Bailey, board trustee; Ginger McNabb, teacher and assistant principal; and Andy Dekaney, board trustee; Carolee Booker, teacher; R.J. Hoyland, board trustee; Helen Major, teacher and principal; Ralph Eickenroht, band director; Dr. Edward Roberson, Houston Northwest Medical Center's first chief of staff and chairman of the board; and Gloria Marshall, teacher and principal.
Other school namesakes represent founding families and exceptional volunteers. They are Carl Wunsche, family; Charley Bammel, family; and Gertie Mae Salyers, L.C. Nagy, and Donna C. Lewis, volunteers.
The District’s success has not come without its ups and downs. During the Depression, the saw mill closed and the railroad moved its stops toward Houston. Hard times fell on everyone, including the newly formed school district. Times were so bad the District needed money to pay its teachers; otherwise, it would have had to shut its doors. The District’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) came to the rescue. Various fund-raising projects organized through the PTA were key to keeping the district open.
But the bad times didn’t last forever. With a growing need for oil, Spring once again came to life as Houston became a national and international leader in oil production and exploration. During this economic high, the community of Spring grew very fast. A local paper reported that “Spring may be the world’s fastest growing community."
Today, Spring ISD continues to grow in an urban area of Harris County, located 20 miles north of downtown Houston, which spans 57 square miles.
The District is geographically divided into northeast and southwest areas by Interstate 45 and FM 1960. The northeast area, which has a Spring address, includes the Old Town Spring shopping area and Spring High School. The southwest area, which has a Houston address, reflects an increasing mix of residential, apartment and commercial areas. Westfield High School is located in this area. Dekaney High School, which is located just south of FM 1960 and east of I-45 on Imperial Valley Rd., opened in August 2007. There is no incorporated town or city within the District’s 57.6 square miles.
The greatest challenge for the district has been and will continue to be rapid growth. Spring ISD's enrollment grew by 17 percent over the past five years including about 1,200 students who came to the district in 2005 after the Katrina and Rita hurricanes.
The District serves over 36,000 prekindergarten through twelfth-grade students in 36 schools. Those campuses include three comprehensive 5-A high schools, a high school career academy, six traditional sixth- through eighth-grade middle schools, a middle school of choice that focuses on math, science and the fine arts, one prekindergarten through second-grade primary school, one third- through fifth-grade intermediate school, and 23 prekindergarten through fifth-grade elementary schools. Spring ISD will open its first green school, an elementary school focused on discovery-based learning, in August 2011. In addition, a virtual school offers core-subject and elective courses taught in an online learning environment.