Lamar CISD Dedicates Randle High School

Sep 20, 2021 | Community Relations
The Randle High School administrative team smiles alongside Superintendent Dr. Nivens after presenting Dr. Randle with a framed photo of the campus signed by staff. 

On Saturday, Sept. 18, Lamar CISD dedicated its sixth high school in honor of Dr. Thomas E. Randle, a longtime educator and the former Superintendent of Schools for Lamar CISD. Randle High School is located at 7600 Koeblen Rd in Richmond.

District and campus staff joined Dr. Randle's family and friends, elected officials and Randle High School families to celebrate the opening of the school. Attendees enjoyed student performances, remarks from special guests, comments from Dr. Randle and a reception and guided building tours after the program. 

Dr. Thomas Randle has more than 40 years of experience in education, with 20 of those years spent as Lamar CISD's Superintendent of Schools. Under his leadership, Lamar CISD has twice been recognized by Texas School Business magazine for its best practices, earned the HEB Excellence in Education Award for Best Large District and four campuses have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools. 

He’s twice been named the Region 4 Superintendent of the Year and finalist for Texas Superintendent of the Year (2001 & 2017). Other honors include Texas A&M’s 2012 John R. Hoyle Award for Educational Leadership and in 2017, the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators recognized Dr. Randle by naming a statewide award in his honor. He received an Oklahoma Regent of Higher Education Fellowship and served on a focus group for the Council of Chief State School Officers in Washington D.C. In 2019, Dr. Randle graduated from The Holdsworth Center’s Inaugural Leadership Development Program.

Dr. Randle also has a strong record of industry leadership and has served on numerous statewide committees including the Texas Education Commissioner’s Cabinet of Superintendents, the Policy Committee on Public Education Information and the Select Committee on Public School Accountability. He also served as president of the Urban Superintendents Association of America (USAA) and the first African American president of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and the Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (TASCD).

Ultimately, Dr. Randle is still a teacher at heart and has served as an adjunct professor at UH Clear Lake, Lamar University and Texas A&M University. He currently serves as a TASA Executive Superintendent and Superintendent-in-Residence with The Holdsworth Center.

For photos from the dedication ceremony, click here.