School spirit & history

It's all in the name

Robert Sewell portrait

Dr. Robert B. Sewell would have enjoyed the dedication of this beautiful, new school building today. The reasons are simple: Bob liked people, he cherished public education, and most importantly, he loved and believed in children.

Robert Sewell was born in Mexia, Texas, on October 23, 1926. He began his career in public education in his home town in 1947 when he accepted the job of teacher and coach, a position he held until 1950. Bob served as an elementary principal in Hemphill, Texas, from 1950 until 1952 when he became County School Superintendent for Sabine County. From 1954 to 1960, Bob served as an elementary and high school principal for the Hemphill Independent School District.

He then moved to Garland with his family. His first assignment with the Garland ISD began that year when he was hired as a teacher at Garland High School. During the next 30 years Bob would enjoy a distinguished career that saw him working as a teacher, an assistant principal at Memorial Junior High, as the principal at Watson Elementary, as an assistant principal at Garland High School, and as the first principal of South Garland High School in 1964.

Bob earned degrees from Stephen F. Austin University, and a doctorate from East Texas State University.

In 1973, Bob became the director of instruction for the Garland ISD. The next few years would see him advance to assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in 1973, to assistant superintendent for educational operations in 1975, and to assistant superintendent for special services in 1981. Bob served as an assistant superintendent until his death in April of 1991.

— Steve Knagg

Robert B. Sewell Elementary's school spirit

Sewell's colors: Green and Black

Mascot: Seahawk

Year opened: 1992