Distinguished Alumni Event

Each fall, the TEF recognizes Distinguished Alumni with an award presented at an event featuring the distinguished guests. In the previous five years, nearly $435,000 has been raised to fund student scholarships and innovative teaching grants.
We invite you to purchase tickets to attend the event, sponsor a table, or make a donation for this meaningful event.

Upcoming Award Dinner

The Temple Education Foundation is proud to announce four honorees for 2019:

  • Mr. Thomas Baird – Temple High School (1971)
  • Dr. Sonjanette Crossley – Meridith-Dunbar High School (1968)
  • Mrs. Dorothy Powell – Dunbar High School (1949)
  • Mr. Wendell Williams – Temple High School (1966)

These four remarkable individuals are being recognized for their dedication, commitment and their significant contributions to the greater Temple community to include the Temple Independent School District.
A very special evening is planned to celebrate these extraordinary individuals and highlight each honoree’s individual contributions and service to our community.

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019
Location: Temple High School Library
Social: 6:30 PM
Dinner & Program: 7:00 PM
Dress: Business Casual


Past Honorees

Dr. Robin Battershell

Dr. Robin Battershell was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni in 2018. Dr. Robin Battershell led TISD as superintendent for ten years (2008-2018). She set the District on a path that changed the look and feel of Temple ISD, the staff, students, families and community as she helped everyone see what is possible when you invest in children. Dr. Battershell exemplifies what it means to lead by example and was named the 2016 Region 12 Superintendent of the Year and nominee for the Texas Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards.


Mr. Steve Wright

In 2018, TEF recognized Steve Wright as a Distinguished Alumni. Steve served the community and district as a member of the TISD Board of Trustees for more than a decade. Under his tenure as board president, the district experienced stability in leadership, a rallying of community support and state-wide recognition. Steve is an example to all of what it means to serve a cause greater than yourself and work for our future generations.

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Coach McQueen

The 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award recognized and honored longtime Temple Wildcat football coach and athletic director Bob McQueen. Coach McQueen is a great role model and example to all TISD students and the community.

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Keifer Marshall

The 2016 Distinguished Alumni was Veteran Keifer Marshall, survivor at the famous Battle of Iwo Jima, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines and Temple graduate.

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Joe Green

In 2015, TEF recognized Joe Green, #75 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970’s and former Dunbar High School student and Temple graduate.

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Eric Paslay

The 2014 Distinguished Alumni was Eric Paslay, country western singer and former Temple High School graduate.

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