Remembering Former GCISD Superintendent Dr. Thompson
Posted on 09/30/2022
We are sad to share with you the news that Dr. Jim Thompson, former Superintendent of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, has passed away.

Dr. Thompson served as GCISD Superintendent from 1993 to 2000. During this time, the district experienced exponential growth, which led to the development of a second high school campus, four new elementary campuses, and a new primary building addition. Dr. Thompson’s expertise and leadership focused the district to solve the demands for classrooms and teachers as well as the heavy construction needs. GCISD would not be the destination school district that it is today without Dr. Thompson’s vision and leadership.

He has received numerous honors including the PTA Council award in 2002, and the Dr. Jim Thompson Exemplary Achievement in Education Award, named in his honor and still active today. In 2006, he was recognized by the Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation receiving the Distinguished Friend Award, and in 2018, he was an honoree in the inaugural class of the GCISD Walk of Honor.

Earlier in his career he was named the Superintendent of the Year in 1989 by the American Association of School Administrators and was elected the Kansas Superintendent of the Year in 1990. He was also awarded with Honorary Life Membership in the Texas Association of School Administrators in 1990 and received the Excellence in Education Award in 1992.

After retirement Dr. Thompson has remained invested in the community, continuing to serve with the Education Foundation and the Association of Retired School Employees.

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is grateful to Dr. Thompson and his family for the countless years of service to public education and the GCISD community. Please keep the Thompson family in your thoughts and prayers as they grieve this loss.