“A Promise Made is A Promise Kept”
Before Wilmer-Hutchins ISD closed its 22 campuses in 2005, it served nearly 3,000 students. Many of them lived and attended school in Wilmer, Texas.
Dallas ISD acquired the remaining campuses, renovated the middle school (Kennedy Curry Middle School), and the high school (Wilmer Hutchins High School). In addition, DISD built Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary in honor of the former school district and vowed to establish a new campus in the city of Wilmer to service the families and students.
Newly retired Trustee member Dr. Lew Blackburn fulfilled his promise with the approval of the 2015 bond that included the proposal for a new elementary campus to be established in the city of Wilmer. The groundbreaking ceremony commenced on September 24, 2019, marking the inauguration of the New Wilmer Elementary which officially became Eddie Bernice Johnson Elementary in honor of Congresswomen Eddie Bernice Johnson on April 24, 2020.
Congresswoman Johnson was born December 3, 1935, in Waco, Texas, and is currently serving her 14th term in congress. Congresswoman Johnson is the proud mother of her only son Kirk, and grandmother to her three grandsons Kirk Jr., David, and James. Mrs. Johnson is the first African American to hold a chair on the house committee of science, space and technology, and additional committees. She began her career as the first African American Psychiatric nurse at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Dallas. Congresswoman Johnson has served 40 years in public office. She has a long-standing reputation for providing excellent constituent services to the people who elected her. Her legacy will continue to empower the students that walk through the doors of Eddie Bernice Johnson Elementary.