ISD began with a gift of land and desire by one community member to
start a first-rate school. Since 1890, education has served as the
foundation for this community. The incorporation of the city was the
direct result of the desire of dedicated citizens to promote quality
and founding father, Captain Joseph A. Tivy, for whom the first school
was named, came to Kerr County from Canada intent on establishing a
first-rate school. He combed the community for support, offering the
land needed to build. Volunteers scurried throughout the dusty area with
petitions in hand in support of incorporation, because only an official
city could accept such a generous gift. And so, in 1890, Kerrville was
born and Captain Tivy's land for the first school served as the first
step in providing for the education for children in Kerrville.
T-shaped, two story, masonry structure with heavy limestone walls still
stands proudly and today houses KISD's Central Administrative staff.
Each day staff enters the historic building with great pride and sense
of duty in honor of Captain Tivy's own mission to serve the educational
needs of children. Photos from the first graduating class of 1892 hang
in the lobby. That year, three students made up the Tivy High graduating
class and it was truly a great accomplishment.
nearly 300 students graduate each year from Tivy High School and each
senior class takes the time to honor and recognize Captain Tivy's dream
for all students. His goal to provide an excellent education has been
realized and well over 100 years later, KISD proudly honors his memory
by continuing that dream.
Click below to read more about each school's historical foundation.
Early Childhood Center
Tom Daniels Elementary
B.T. Wilson Sixth Grade School
Hal Peterson Middle School
Tivy High School
Hill Country High School