"I Love Paris"
ANN & PAUL TRULL

This endowment was established through I Love Paris in 2013, in honor of Ann & Paul who retired from PISD in June of that year.  Paul retired after 12 years as the PISD Superintendent and Ann retired after 35 years as the PISD Director of Elementary Education and Director of Gifted and Talented. Ann had a total of 45 years of service in education and Paul 44 years.  Most of those years were making a positive difference for students and staff through their pursuit of excellence for PISD.




PHS CHAMPIONS OF THE 1970'S - 1980'S



PHS CHAMPIONS OF THE 1930's - 1960's

State Champions in athletics, fine arts and academics for the school years 1930's-1960's.




EAST PARIS SCHOOL

Established through 2007 I Love Paris by past East Paris School attendees.




PEF SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS 1990-1995

This endowment was created in honor of the PEF scholarship recipients during our early years.




RAYMOND EMMETT BERRY

PHS graduate, played football at SMU.  Drafted by the Baltimore Colts, he held many receiving records teaming with Johnny Unitas.  Coached in NFL including New England Patriots for 5 years. 




GLENELLE and DR. RAYMOND ARMSTRONG

Life-long learners.  Dr. Armstrong, served on original PEF Board. As a minister was involved in civic and hospital leadership.  Nel worked in garden clubs, Community Theater and as pianist and organist for several clubs.




ELAINE BALLARD

For 36 years she worked in Paris ISD, first as a teacher then to administrative duties and finally superintendent of the system.  Longest serving woman superintendent in Texas.  Tireless civic leader on many boards. 




DEE CUNNINGHAM

An educator for all of his adult life, he had time for church and community.  He was principal of Paris High School for 24 years, served in leadership roles in Chamber of Commerce, Girl Scouts, Lions , RSVP.  A 32nd degree Mason.




JOAN REESE MATHIS and JUNE & KERMIT REESE

Joan is a long time educator from elementary to Master Teacher at Paris Junior College.  Lucky are the students who are in her class.  She inspires all to succeed.  An avid community worker.  June and Kermit were Joan's aunt and uncle. 




GEORGIA B. and WALTER BASSANO

The family published The Paris News for more than 60 years.  They worked in various forums for education, beautification,  agriculture, scouting and general development of the Red River Valley




DR. JAMES M. BRUNETTE

Has enormous influence in Paris.  Dentist, civic leader, mayor.  Largely responsible for the building of the Love Civic Center.  Member of Lions, Chamber of Commerce, others




RAYMOND BERRY

Football coach at Paris High School from 1938-1963.  Positive influence on his players.  Won 152 games and several championships.  Member of the Texas Football Coaches Hall of Fame.




FRANK HOMER

Arriving in Paris 40 years ago to open the first Sonic in Texas, he began to help young people through generously providing jobs.  Known for his encouragement.  Received awards from Boy's Club, Optimist and Sonic Corporation.




IMY and BOBBY WALTERS

Both are natives of Paris and longtime advocates for education advancement.  Bobby was president of Paris Junior College from 1988-2003, but taught there for 39 years.  They belong to many civic, educational, and cultural organizations.




TOM WELLS

Lawyer who served as Lamar County Attorney for 20 years. Worked with Optimist and Boy�s Club teams.  An ardent supporter of the Salvation Army.  Belonged to state and local legal organizations.  He was a member of PEF Board




JO ANN PARKMAN

A lady who has taken the lead as president on many civic organizations- Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, hospital board- where men formerly served.  She is longtime manager of TP&L offices.  She is a Paris High School graduate.




DR. JEAN CAMPBELL

With a doctorate in theater and a charming personality, she has "all children" wanting to be in her synchronized swim classes or plays at the Paris Community Theater.  Civic interests include helping the needy. 




GAYNELL and RALPH RODGERS

As principal of Travis Middle School, he capped a distinguished career in education including teaching science in Paris High School.  He served on the Paris ISD Board of Trustees. He continues to work for a sense of community and racial uplift




LOUIS B. WILLIAMS

President of Paris Junior College, 1968-1993.  Worked tirelessly to improve educational , economic, social and health opportunities in the area.  Served on many local boards.




JUDGE HENRY BRASWELL

Judge of the Sixth Judicial District of Texas for 23 years. Graduate of the University of Texas.  Respected legal scholar known for fairness, friendliness, humor and love of the law.




GINNA and DR. LARRY WALKER

They met in Blossom elementary school.  Love of education. Active in many school, college, and medical organizations.  Dr. Walker was a family physician, on original PEF Board.  Ginna served on Paris ISD and Paris Junior College boards.




BONNIE and J.C. "JAKE" COKER

A team of champion educators.  Bonnie was a primary teacher and "Jake" principal at J. G. Wooten school, eventually principal of PHS.  Jake was active in Boy's Club and Bonnie in YWCA and Community Theater.




BOB McCARLEY

Longtime businessman in the lumber business.  He came to Paris in 1961 and joined in church and city affairs, including The Salvation Army, (donating land for their building), Chamber of Commerce, and others.




FELIX "HOOT" GIBSON

Superintendent of Paris ISD who began his educational career as basketball and football coach at Paris High School.  He worked at Texas A&M and Paris Junior College also.  As a retiree he was active in many civic organizations.




RUTH ANN and GENE STALLINGS

Paris natives who have excelled in their lives.  Now working with civic organizations nationwide, Bebes was football coach at Alabama, Texas A&M,  St. Louis Cardinals.




FRANCES ARNOLD ELLIS

Her professional career with the Texas Extension Service, in radio and in journalism spread to many civic endeavors important to Paris and its environment.  Received many awards.




MARVIN GIBBS

Longtime businessman who provided leadership for Paris to develop a strong business community. Recruited 28 industries that provided 5000 area jobs.  Member of original PEF Board. 




IRENE and FLOYD WEGER

Excellent music teachers in Paris ISD for more than 40 years.  Their students won many awards in Texas and nationally.  Mr. Weger directed the Paris Municipal Band.