School History

The Lackland Independent School District opened its doors to students in grades 1-6 on September 8, 1953. During the 1950’s and 1960’s, junior and high school age students attended schools in the San Antonio ISD. In 1967, secondary classrooms and the Willingham Gymnasium were completed for grades beyond 6th grade. One grade level was added a year, beginning with the 7th grade in 1968-1969.


The first graduation at Lackland Junior/Senior High School occurred in May 1974. Since then, both schools have earned the prestigious Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon School Award. Both schools have consistently earned the highest ratings in the Texas Public School Accountability System.


In 1997, Lackland Junior/Senior High School was renamed after Virginia Allred Stacey, who served the district for 30 years as teacher, administrator, and superintendent. Within the last eight years, a new high school and gymnasium were constructed, while classrooms in the elementary school and two school cafeterias were remodeled and expanded.





Virginia Allred Stacey

Virginia Allred Stacey, lifetime educator and Superintendent of Lackland Independent School District, died at the age of 72 on the morning of January 12, 2000. After teaching in Lackland schools for 24 years, Stacey moved into administration and was serving her tenth year as superintendent. As a tenacious advocate for students and teachers in public education, Stacey dedicated over forty years of her life to service in Texas and the nation, always fighting for the education of military dependent children. She was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to serve on the Commission on the Review of the Federal Impact Aid Program in 1979. She held numerous leadership positions throughout her career in organizations such as the Texas State Teachers Association, the National Education Association, the Texas Association of School Administrators, the Texas Educators Political Action Committee, the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools, and the Military Impacted Schools Association. Awards and honors received by Stacey included being named as One of Ten Outstanding Women in San Antonio by the Express News, the Friend of Education Award by District XX of TSTA, a Distinguished Service Award by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, and Regional Winner as Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards. Mrs. Stacey also participated in numerous other organizations, including being a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas .



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