* Mr. Speaker, it is with great pride that I rise today to recognize the 50th anniversary of Vivian Field Middle School. As a former student of Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, it gives me great satisfaction to recognize Vivian Field Middle School for its five decades of educational excellence.
* In 1960, Tom Field, a former county commissioner and staunch supporter of public education, donated 7.5 acres of land to Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD for a new school. Mr. Field, however, had one requirement of the school district: the new school had to be named after his wife, Vivian. The school district honored his wish and constructed Vivian Field Junior High School.
* Vivian Field Junior High School opened in the fall of 1961. The school consisted of the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. The main building was structured with three wings which were connected by a gymnasium on the southeast side and a cafeteria on the west side. In 1969, to accommodate its growing student body, Vivian Field Junior High School constructed an additional wing, providing a formal entrance and additional classrooms. Since opening, the school has changed its name to Vivian Field Middle School to better reflect the grades and programs.
* Today, Vivian Field Middle School has approximately 900 students across three grades. The middle school has been honored by the Texas Education Agency as a ``Recognized'' school from 2005 to 2010, and has been commended on the State and National level for continually providing an outstanding education for its students.
* Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the 24th District of Texas, I ask all my distinguished colleagues to join me in commending the administrators, teachers, and students of Vivian Field Middle School for its five decades of exemplary education in our community.