The year was 1969. Tucked away in the steadily growing town of Irving, a new school named Hanes Elementary opened its doors for the very first time.

Named after former Irving ISD Superintendent William Trapper Hanes, the school opened as the district’s first pilot school for team teaching. Fifty years later, the once 25-classroom building is now home to more than 600 students and 81 staff members.

To commemorate its legacy, Hanes hosted a celebration in honor of its 50th anniversary on Thursday, January 30. A special reception was held where alumni and former staff members reunited for a trip down memory lane.

The celebration began with a program, which included a student drum performance, a historical account and open mic for former students and staff to speak. Guests also had the opportunity to hear remarks from Superintendent Magda Hernandez and Board Vice President Nell Anne Hunt. Campus tours topped off the night, while many perused through yearbooks, old photos and a spirit wear display.

To view photos from the anniversary reception, click here. To view the student video created in honor of the 50th anniversary, click here