Irving ISD: Townley Celebrates 40 Years of Lighting the Way
“Once a torchlighter, always a torchlighter.” Those words rang true on Friday as alumni and former staff reunited to celebrate Townley Elementary School’s 40th anniversary. The school, once known as the first of its kind, welcomed back more than 200 guests which included faces from the very first kindergarten class, teachers who opened the school, former principals and the wife of school namesake Dr. John F. Townley. The celebration began with a presentation of the school throughout the decades, followed by the school song led by current students in the honors choir. Guests also had the opportunity to share stories, and special remarks were given by Superintendent of Schools Magda Hernandez, who once taught and served as assistant principal at Townley. Campus tours topped off the evening, while many perused through yearbooks, scrapbooks and an art installation dedicated to the school’s beloved bird aviary. The aviary was one of many features that once made Townley a cutting-edge building when it opened in 1979, which at the time included a theatre, a fireplace in the library and a bridge over an indoor stream. Photos from the event can be viewed on the district’s Photo Gallery.