Sept. 18 will be remembered as an integral part of Humble history. On this day in 2021, the brand-new Guy M. Sconzo Early College High School facility was dedicated to the work and legacy of the late Guy M. Sconzo, former superintendent of Humble ISD.
He is best known for his work in several areas of child education, providing opportunities for less fortunate children and ensuring legislation is passed on their behalf.
The event took place from 2 to 4 p.m. and was kicked off by current student ambassadors who took guests and attendees on tours of the campus. Twelfth grade student ambassador, NHS member and leader of several clubs, Laurel Hawkins, lead a group of attendees saying, “This school is an amazing opportunity that we are honored to be a key part of a legacy — not just for ourselves, but for students in the future.”
The tours included break areas, collaboration centers, classroom technologies and music provided by the Humble High School Chamber Group.
The new campus is built to support 600 students. It is designed to provide a seamless pathway from high school to college. Students take college courses along with their high school classes, which gives them the opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree from Lone Star College-Kingwood.
This high school option boasts a small-school environment with individualized learning in which students are divided into small homerooms called “families” that remain in place throughout their tenure.
Students experience a college-preparatory environment with numerous support systems in place to foster learning through group projects, internships and service projects to serve the community. During their high school career, each graduating class donates thousands of hours of service to the community. Each class typically earns an average of 5,600 hours of college credit and approximately $1.5 million in scholarship money.
The “Pillars of Success” for Guy M. Sconzo ECHS include academics, service, family, AVID and clubs.
The formal ceremony took place in the large study area on the main level. There were several members of the community in attendance, including Sconzo’s family along with members of the city council, the school board, teachers, local government officials, current students, future students and many more.
Dr. Elizabeth Fagen, Humble ISD superintendent, spoke. “Thank you for sharing Guy with us. Guy was a warm person and his presence was felt in our community. I certainly have big shoes to fill. He knew that this school would be something better than it started out as. Formerly known as Quest High School, this was a campus that moved from place-to-place with limited funds. We are so proud to give this school a permanent home for over 400 students — soon to be 600. This has become a beautiful campus for his namesake. I’d like to introduce PBK Architects who took our vision far beyond imagination.”
Several leaders of PBK presented the Sconzo family with framed art of the campus so they would be able to look at his legacy daily.
Humble ISD School Board President Martina Lemond Dixon added, “We have lost someone very close to us. Guy formed leaders in business, education and government so our kids could grow and prosper. He modeled courage and faithfulness like a knight — just like the school mascot. His name will now be on thousands of diplomas.”
Houston Mayor Pro Tem Dave Martin stated, “Guy taught me about service learning and that giving back is always key. There are times I look out of the corner of my eye and see Guy and still think about the difference he made through the programs he implemented.”
Texas House Member Rep. Dan Huberty of District 127 continued with similar sentiments and remarks, “As a former member of the school board, I was always impressed on how well he communicated. Guy had a sense of humor and a unique ability to bring out the best in people.”
Guy’s wife, Diane Sconzo, tearfully concluded and thanked everyone for this honor of her husband’s work by saying, “I want to thank you for this incredible tribute on behalf of my family. He learned the importance of education early on. He never wanted to stop advocating for the students — it was his life mission.”
Born in 1952, Sconzo served children for four decades. During his time in Humble ISD, the district experienced a 60% growth. Upon Sconzo's retirement from Humble ISD, an endowment fund was set up in his honor to support teachers in implementing creative learning projects in their classrooms. To give, visit humbleisdfoundation.org/DrGuySconzo.asp.
This dedication event concluded with a ribbon cutting ceremony where Diane, surrounded by family and local community members, cut the ribbon to open the campus.