Randle High School in Lamar CISD dedicated to the honor of the former superintendent

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Lamar CISD paid tribute to his former superintendent of schools Thomas E. Randle on September 18 by dedicating his sixth high school in his honor.

Randle High School is located at 7600 Koeblen Road in Richmond. It opened its doors to students for the first time in August.

Randle retired last June at the end of school, having served as district chief for 20 years. According to a press release, his family and friends gathered with district and campus staff and families at Randle High School to celebrate the school’s opening.

Attendees attended student performances, remarks from Randle and special guests, and a reception. Guided tours of the buildings were also organized.

Randle has spent over four decades in education. During his years as a superintendent, Lamar CISD was recognized by Texas School Business magazine. It won the HEB Excellence in Education Award for Best Large District and four campuses were named National Blue Ribbon Schools.

Randle was named Region 4 Superintendent of the Year and a finalist for Texas Superintendent of the Year in 2001 and 2017. He also received the 2012 John R. Hoyle Award from Texas A&M University for Educational Leadership in 2017 and received a statewide award named in his honor by the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators. Randle received an Oklahoma Regent of Higher Education Fellowship and participated in a focus group for the Council of Chief State School Officers in Washington. He graduated from the inaugural Holdsworth Center Leadership Development Program in 2019.

The statement said Randle was an industry leader, serving on several statewide committees, such as the Office of the Superintendents of the Education Commissioner of Texas, the Political Committee on Information on Education, public education and the Special Committee on the Accountability of Public Schools. He was also president of the Urban Superintendents Association of America and the first African-American president of the Texas Association of School Administrators and the Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

According to the release, Randle is a teacher in his essence. He has taught as an assistant professor at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Lamar University, and Texas A&M University. Today, he is the Executive Superintendent of TASA and Superintendent in Residence at the Holdsworth Center.

Randle told the Sugar Land Sun in November 2020 as he prepared for retirement that he would probably miss working with students the most.

“Being an educator is probably one of the most rewarding jobs you can have,” he said.

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