It is common for people to be honored with buildings named after them after they’ve passed away. It is less common for someone to be honored with a building when they are still working. On Tuesday, the Denison School Board gave such an honor to current Denison Superintendent Henry Scott as they approved a measure to rename a school after him.

It is common for people to be honored with buildings named after them after they’ve passed away. It is less common for someone to be honored with a building when they are still working. On Tuesday, the Denison School Board gave such an honor to current Denison Superintendent Henry Scott as they approved a measure to rename a school after him.


In a year of transition as the District readies itself for a transition into a new high school building, the creation of an intermediate level in the District school hierarchy, and the relocation of the middle school to the current high school building, the Board elected to rename the current Denison High School to the Henry Scott Middle School, starting next year.


"As you know many buildings are named after people to honor them after their death," said George Hatfield, assistant superintendent. "It is my thought that you should honor them in life."


Before discussions on the renaming began, Scott excused himself from the conversation. Hatfield said that citizen comments had revolved around two names for the upcoming middle school: Golden Rule, in honor of the elementary school which will close its doors at the end of the school year, or after Scott. Hatfield said that some of the biggest supporters for naming it after Scott came from the middle school staff itself.


Scott has served in the Denison school district since 1961, when he started teaching at B. McDaniel. Scott served at Denison High School for 17 years, including six years as principal. Since 1993 Scott has served as Superintendent for DISD. To have the building where he taught for many years named after him is "humbling", said Scott.


"Some of the best years of my life were spent in that building," said Scott. "I really don’t know what to say."


Scott said that early on in the naming process he excused himself from the conversation when the idea of naming it after him was brought up. The school’s auditorium will remain named the Eisenhower Auditorium, after former President Dwight D. Eisenhower.


In other matters, the Board finalized plans to donate the Golden Rule School gymnasium and the school property to the Denison Boys & Girls Club after the school closes at the end of the school year. In its last meeting, the Board approved the initial steps needed to start the process, which would also require the approval of the Denison City Council and a survey of the land.


Scott said that donating the land would save the district money that would have been spent on the demolition of the gym. After the school demolitions are complete, Scott said the District will do some work on the property to level it and plant grass for the club. Scott expects demolition on the school to begin in October or November, with the property ready for the club by January.


"I think this is a positive move not only for the school district, but also a positive move for the community and certainly for the Boys & Girls Club," said Scott.