LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Trout Primary cafeteria was full of both current and former students as well as current and former teachers to celebrate the school's 60th anniversary.
The school has been part of Lufkin ISD ever since it opened its doors in 1956 as Trout Elementary. In that time, the schools has been lead by 9 principals, gone though several renovations including the addition of new classrooms, but one thing has remained the same; the Trout name.
The school was named after W.C. Trout, who brought notoriety to Lufkin when he patented the counter-balanced pumping unit that would eventually become the standard for worldwide units in the oil business. According to a historic marker, Trout would eventually hold more than 30 patents for his innovative designs. Trout also served as president of Lufkin Industries from 1931 until his death in 1947.
"I think he would be very pleased to see the children and the school and the people that have turned out today and supported this school," said Trout's great granddaughter Barbara Corbett. "It has been great to the community."
The event was also attended by Lufkin Mayor Bob Brown who read a special proclamation.
"Everybody in the room knows what the Trout names means to Lufkin, but it is a worldwide name that we are all very, very proud of," Brown said.
"I have been able to visit with so many former students," Trout Principal Cindy Nerren said. "From pet days, riding bikes to school; I visited with a lady that wanted to know if our students till built pine straw forts on the playground because that was one of her favorites things to do. The interesting thing about the stories I always here are most often not about the activities they did but the lasting friendships that were formed."
The event was capped off with a balloon release with one balloon for each year.
"There is a lot of love in this community," Corbett said. "it shows through these former students, teachers and the community that turned out today."