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About LISD


Believing in excellence for all, the District will guarantee the highest level of academic achievement and character development of each learner by providing challenging curriculum and exemplary instruction within a safe environment.


The District has identified the following beliefs underlying the values of its educational philosophy. The District believes: Every individual has intrinsic worth and is able to contribute to society. Every student has a right to a high-quality, equitable education. Every individual has the ability to learn and an innate desire to succeed. A safe, healthy, and orderly environment is critical for learning. A community holding high academic expectations will reap educational, economic, cultural, and societal benefits. High morals, strong character, and personal integrity are essential for the betterment of society. Honoring diversity and building on individual strengths contribute to growth. School-community partnerships are vital for success. Change is essential for continuous improvement. Every learner must be prepared to compete globally. Education immeasurably enriches quality of life. Learning is a life-long quest.


Longview ISD is the gold standard for education in East Texas. As a district of innovators, we set trends rather than follow them. Our over 8,000 students have access to a world-class education tailored to their needs and interests.

Our nationally-acclaimed Montessori program, one of the largest public programs nationwide, provides tuition-free access to this prestigious education model. We are expanding our Montessori offerings into Ware Elementary to create the East Texas Montessori Academy for grades 1-5.

Longview leads in accolades like National Merit Scholars, International Baccalaureate distinctions, and GLOBE awards. Our dual-credit program outpaces the region with more college hours earned. And each year, our graduates matriculate to top universities at a higher rate than any neighboring district.

Our teachers are among the highest paid in the region with Board-approved raises for over a decade. We invest in talent through programs like the LIFT bonus fund for standout teachers.

At Longview ISD, we empower each child to achieve excellence – academic, social and beyond. Our diverse community is our strength, and we leverage partnerships to provide quality education for all Longview students.

Don't just take our word for it. See for yourself the Longview difference. Contact us anytime to learn more about our gold standard district setting the pace for education in Texas.

A Brief History of Longview ISD

A Longview Male and Female Institute was established and began classes on September 7, 1874, with tuition ranging from $2.00 to $3.00 per month. Other than a few private schools such as this, Longview had no education institutions until 1880, when a frame structure was erected at the intersection of Green and College streets. The 3-story frame school had four rooms on the first floor, four on the second floor, and two in the attic. All other schools in this period were supported partly by tuition and partly by state funds for all grades except high school for which pupils had to pay.

The Longview Independent School District was created by a special act of the 31st Texas Legislature in March 1909.

By 1885, Longview had outgrown this building and in 1909 LISD Superintendent S.J. Blocker was also a builder and architect. He designed and supervised the construction of this first brick high school in Gregg County.

At Longview High School in 1913 there were 6 members of faculty and administrative staff, and 110 students - 15 seniors, 25 juniors, 21 sophomores and 39 freshmen.

In 1927, when oil was discovered in East Texas, school enrollment increased from 1,970 to 4,400 in a two-year period. No oil had been discovered with the Longview Independent School District, and a financial crisis was intensified.

Longview Independent School District purchased more property in the vicinity of Green and College Streets. This property was for the erection of a brick building to house Longview High School, replacing the frame structure built in 1885.

Located on 6.3 acres on the corner of College and Green streets, the new high school was constructed of multicolored brick and wood frame windows. It was built at a cost of $50,000. It was used for 4 years as a high school, then converted to a junior high school and housed 6-9 graders when a new high school was built on East Whaley Street in 1932. Former Campus Ward school was converted to a Junior High Annex. Campus Ward was the oldest school building in Longview when it burned down in 1944. Students from Longview Junior High Rotated classes with South Ward students until the new addition was built in 1945. In 1955 another addition was constructed.

In 1957 Longview Junior High was renamed Henry L. Foster Junior High School in honor of long time LISD superintendent H.L. Foster. It was renamed to Henry L. Foster Middle School in 1976 and grade 6 was moved to the elementary schools, and grade 9 moved to the new high school on Loop 281. In 1987 the building that housed Nicholson Memorial Library became an addition to Foster Middle School.

The Green Street school was, for many years, a center of community activity, having been used as a polling place and a temporary place of worship for various churches. The auditorium was used for civic music concerts, "Lion's Jollies," band concerts, and civic productions in the 1930s and 1940s.

In 1932, a three-story concrete and brick high school building for three grades was erected on Whaley Street. The urgency to relieve overcrowded conditions at the South Green site necessitated round-the-clock construction at times. The structure was designed by noted architect Mark Lemmon and built by R. F. Ball. It featured art deco entrances with terra cotta and fluted pilasters. The classrooms had hardwood floors. Redbud trees were planted near the street. The football stadium was added in 1933, and the building housing T.G. Field auditorium, the cafeteria and administration building was completed in 1955.

The annexation of the Rollins Common School District in 1936 and the Elderville Common School district in 1961 further added to the district's enrollment.

In 1965 Longview ISD and Judson ISD were consolidated.

The summer of 1970 desegregation was federally mandated. The fall of 1970 African-American students from Mary C. Womack High School, Southside Elementary, Rollins Elementary and Ned E. Williams Elementary were transferred to previously all white schools.

By August 19, 1976, following consolidation with Judson High School and the integration of Womack High School, enrollment growth dictated the move of the high school to the present location on Tomlinson Parkway. In 1988, after failed attempts by former students to preserve "old Longview High School," the building was demolished.

Other schools from Longview ISD's past and present:

  • Erskine Bramlette Elementary, located on Tupelo Dr., built in 1956.

  • East Ward Elementary, located on 1000 South Sixteenth Street, was opened in 1953

  • First Ward Elementary School building became the High School's Shop, Band, and Agricultural units in the 1950

  • Forest Park Junior High, located on Lake Drive, was opened in 1957

  • G. K. Foster Elementary, located on Sixteenth Street, was opened in 1953

  • Jodie McClure Elementary, located on Melba St., was built in 1956

  • Northcutt Heights, located at 515 N. Court Street, was rebuilt in 1931 after the original building was destroyed by a tornado. It has previously housed the LISD Administration offices, and currently is home of the Gregg County Multi-Purpose Senior Center, and Meals on Wheels.

  • Northside Elementary, located on East Marshall between First and Second Street, was opened in 1929 as an African-American school. It was later renamed Janie Daniel Elementary.

  • Pinewood Park, located on 200 Glenn Dr., was built in 1950, with an annex added in 1953

  • Rollins Elementary, built in 1953 for African American students, closed in 1970.  It was located on Humble Road near Rollins St.

  • Southside Elementary was built in 1936. It closed in 1978.

  • South Ward Elementary school, located on Mobberly Ave. near Plilar St, opened in 1934, with additions built in 1947 and 1954

  • Valley View Elementary, located on Alpine Road, was opened in 1953

  • Ware Elementary, located off of High Street (then also called Ware Highway), was built in 1953.


Did you know?

DID YOU KNOW: Longview ISD is among a select few districts nationwide to win a Magna Award from the National School Boards Association (NSBA), recognizing programs that advance equity and break down barriers for underserved students.

DID YOU KNOW: Longview ISD leads East Texas in state TEA distinctions and dual-credit college hours earned, and each year graduates more students to prestigious universities than any other district in the region.

DID YOU KNOW: Judson Middle School has earned recognition as a 'Texas School to Watch' by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform along with the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP).

DID YOU KNOW: Longview ISD's International Baccalaureate project partners with "We Help Two" and sells "funky socks" to help supply prosthetic legs and feet to amputees worldwide!

DID YOU KNOW: Longview ISD has the largest FREE public Montessori school (for 3-to-5 year-olds) in the Nation, provided free of charge to Longview area children.

DID YOU KNOW: Our Johnston-McQueen program brings in a "Signing Santa" to assist deaf education students in communicating with Santa during the holidays?

DID YOU KNOW: The Longview Lobos are the only football program in East Texas to have won a State Championship in Class 6A (the largest division in Texas).

DID YOU KNOW: Our elementary, middle school, and high school choir programs consistently win awards for their exceptional performances?

DID YOU KNOW: The dropout rate at Longview High School is consistently low, highlighting our commitment to student success and retention?

DID YOU KNOW: The U.S. News & World Report's Best High Schools list regularly ranks Longview High School among the top campuses in the entire East Texas region.

DID YOU KNOW: Our students shine as State and National Technical Student Association winners, showcasing their technical expertise?

DID YOU KNOW: Over 100 incoming freshmen apply for dual credit courses each year, a testament to their eagerness for advanced learning?

DID YOU KNOW: We have a dedicated summer backpack program that ensures kids are fed year-round, even during the summer break?

DID YOU KNOW: LISD runs a farm-to-table program that partners with local farmers, providing fresh produce for our cafeterias?

DID YOU KNOW: The LHS Horticulture Program harvests its own bee hives to sell honey, wax, and wax products at FFA shows.

DID YOU KNOW: More than 500 LHS students engage in dual-credit courses annually, accelerating their academic journeys?

DID YOU KNOW: We offer orchestra programs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, fostering musical talents?

DID YOU KNOW: US News and World Report School Rankings consistently place Hudson PEP among the top-ranked Elementary Schools in Texas.

DID YOU KNOW: Longview ISD hosts the only free public K-12 International Baccalaureate program in the entire world?

DID YOU KNOW: Our Wall of Honor pays tribute to Veteran alumni and their families, recognizing their contributions?

DID YOU KNOW: Numerous LHS students graduate with Associate Degrees before receiving their high school diplomas.

DID YOU KNOW: Longview ISD consistently receives the Gold Standard Award for maintaining financial transparency?

DID YOU KNOW: Lobo Band has earned first-level honors at State Sweepstakes for over SEVEN STRAIGHT DECADES!

DID YOU KNOW: The Longview ISD Board of Trustees has lowered the property tax rate for multiple consecutive years.

DID YOU KNOW: Longview ISD's School Board has been named the School Board of the Year for Region VIII multiple times.

DID YOU KNOW: Our International Baccalaureate program is the only one situated east of Interstate 45?

DID YOU KNOW: Each year, LHS graduating classes earn millions of dollars in college scholarships.


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