|The Board of Trustees announced that the elementary school to be located on Sherry Street in east Arlington will be named in honor of former Arlington High School principal James Adams and his wife, Barbara, a longtime teacher at Hill Elementary. James and Barbara Adams Elementary will open in fall 2013.
James worked in the AISD for 38 years and served as teacher, counselor and administrator at four AISD schools before being named principal at Arlington High School, where he remained for 15 years before retiring in 2008. As principal, he led the school through significant changes including the addition of the freshman class to the high school, building expansions to accommodate the additional 1,000 students and the implementation of the International Baccalaureate Programme. Barbara also worked in the AISD for 38 years. She spent her tenure as a sixth-grade language arts teacher at Hill Elementary.
James and Barbara have two daughters, Melissa Nicholson and Jennifer Webb. Like their parents, they both teach in the AISD. Melissa teaches at Short Elementary, and Jennifer teaches at Moore Elementary.