Mansfield ISD Magazine Fall 2016 | Page 19

MISD Facilities Named After Notable Former Employees F our former Mansfield ISD staff members have been recognized for their accomplishments within the district by having facilities named after them. Debbie Weems, Darrell Sneed, Samantha Morrow and Rodney Shropshire were officially honored at the regular board meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 23. The MISD natatorium will have Debbie Weems as its namesake. Weems came to the district as the Mansfield High School girls basketball coach. In 1996, Weems was named as the athletic director. She was only the third female athletic director in the state of Texas. Debbie Weems The now-retired athletic director played an integral part in opening five middle schools and four high schools in the district. She also implemented Mansfield ISD’s swimming and diving program. The professional development center at R.L. Anderson Stadium will bear the name of Darrell Sneed. The 34-year educator first came to the district as the principal of T.A. Howard Middle School. He later returned to the district in 2008 as the secondary assistant superintendent. Darrell Sneed Sneed was later promoted to become the associate superintendent of curriculum, instruction and accountability. He is very passionate about education and spearheaded Mansfield ISD’s programs for dual credit and early childhood education during his tenure. Summit High School’s varsity gymnasium will be named after Samantha Morrow. Morrow was Mansfield High School’s assistant girls basketball coach under then head coach Debbie Weems. When Coach Weems became Mansfield ISD’s athletic director, Coach Morrow was named as the new head coach for the Lady Tigers team and won four consecutive 5A state championships. Samantha Morrow In 2002, Coach Morrow became the head coach for Summit High School’s girls basketball team. She led the Lady Jaguars to the state semifinals in 2007. Coach Morrow’s record of 413-77 gave her a win percentage of .843 in her 14 years of coaching in Mansfield ISD. The basketball gym at Brooks Wester Middle School will now be called the Rodney Shropshire Gymnasium. Shropshire came to Mansfield ISD as a physical education teacher and junior varsity coach after being a successful high school and collegiate-level basketball player. He was promoted to be the head coach of the Mansfield High School’s boys basketball team and held that position from 1982 to 1988. Under Coach Shropshire’s leadership, the team won two district championships, advanced to the regional semifinals and advanced to the state championship game. Rodney Shropshire Congratulations to these four employees who made a significant impact during their time at Mansfield ISD. Mansfield School & Family 17