School spirit & history

Lister Elementary pledge

Today I will do more than I have to. I will treat others the way that I want to be treated. And I will be the best I can be.

First day

Vernal Lister Elementary School welcomed 658 students on Monday, August 14, 1995. It contains 70,200 square feet of space, and was built at a cost of $5,182,000.00 or approximately $73.82 per square foot. Classrooms are clustered by grade level along the “learning curve” corridor and bulletin boards are placed along the hallway to mimic windows. School capacity is 900 students.


Mr. Vernal Lister

Lister Elementary was named after Vernal A. Lister who began his long and distinguished career with Garland ISD in 1958 as the Vocational Ag teacher at George Washington Carver School. In 1972, Mr. Lister’s career as an administrator began when he was appointed principal of Hillside Elementary School. He was subsequently appointed principal of Stephen F. Austin Middle School in 1974, a position he held until his retirement in 1983. His life is a portrait of a man of strong values and principals-a positive example for his former students and a lasting role model for the children who pass through the halls of his namesake.

School colors

Royal blue and yellow

School mascot


House system

Lister's House System provides a way to create a community within the school. Each flag represents a house and its meaning.

  • Daya - Compassion
  •  Valentia - Courage
  • Su Doi Moi - Innovation
  • Uongozi - Leadership