While many young students pass through the halls of Shirley Hall Middle School each day, some may not know of the woman behind the school whose classrooms they occupy.
Sadly, for those who did not meet her, Shirley Hall’s legacy is what will live on as the longtime proponent of education passed away Friday at the age of 98.
Hall’s service to the students and staff at Weatherford ISD is “truly unsurpassed” as she was elected to the WISD Board of Trustees in 1960 and held several positions on the school board during her 30 year tenure, serving as president in 1973-1974 and 1982-1983. She also served as president for the Texas Association of School Boards and for the National Association of School Boards.
She participated in many school board committees including the Committee for Teacher Evaluation, the Committee of Advisors for Gifted Education, the Task Force for Community Involvement, and was an active member of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented. Because of her passion for education, she was appointed to a five-member Select Committee by the Texas Governor and attended the National Leadership Training Institute for the Gifted and Talented in Washington, D.C. I
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n 1975, she served as state president of Gifted Education and led the effort for community education. In 1970, WISD became the first public school district in Texas to establish a Community Education Department, which continues to be one of the premier programs in the state and is currently celebrating its 45th year.
Hall was the mother of five children, all of whom attended and graduated from Weatherford High School. She was active as a campus and PTA volunteer during those years, holding leadership positions on campus PTAs and on the Weatherford Council of PTAs. At her final school board meeting in May 1990, trustees honored her by changing the name of Weatherford Middle School to Shirley Hall Middle School. In 2006, she was the recipient of the Weatherford ISD Ex-Student Association's Distinguished Service Award.
“In all of her areas of service to Weatherford ISD, Mrs. Hall was always focused on making decisions that were in the best interest of our students,” a district press release read. “Her legacy for quality education in Weatherford ISD will continue as students and staff pass through the doors of Shirley Hall Middle School.”