Arthur Calvin Bible, the namesake of Bible Stadium at Leander High School, passed away last week at the age of 99, leaving behind a legacy of influence and community stewardship in Leander.
A 1935 graduate of LHS, “A.C.” Bible joined the Leander ISD board of trustees in 1975 and served for three years before serving as board president for the next 10 years. During his tenure, Bible’s leadership was instrumental in passing a bond, which paved the way for building the current Leander High School and set the district up for growth.
Bible also managed to secure a deal with Ector County School District in Odessa — of “Friday Night Lights” fame — to purchase their 12,000-seat stadium for about the third of the price of building a brand new one. Every steel beam was numbered and dismantled, trucked overnight to Leander, and then rebuilt. The stadium would later be named after Bible in 1989.
Bible also served as chairman of the committee responsible for writing the city of Cedar Park’s charter in the 1980s. Cedar Park Mayor Matt Powell tweeted Monday about Bible’s legacy.
“I mourn the passing and celebrate the life of A.C. Bible, who was a truly transformative person in Cedar Park, Leander, and our region,” Powell said. “He is one of our true city fathers.”
Tom Glenn, the namesake of LISD’s newest high school, said he first met Bible in 1979 when he moved to the area with the then newly hired Superintendent Fred Hopson from College Station. There were only about 2,000 students in the district and Glenn was 27 at the time.
“With the board’s leadership with A.C. and Fred, that board began the process that turned Leander into what it is today,” Glenn said. “He knew how to lead. He knew how to bring consensus to a group.”
Bible became a mentor for Glenn, especially when he was sworn in as superintendent in 1987.
“AC made it a point to visit me four or five times a year and we would chat about the district, and he would give me advice and tell me when he thought I was making mistake,” Glenn said. “He was a great person to be around. You could trust him and he said what he thought.”
Bible was a gentle man who wanted the best he could get for the students of this area, said Charlie Rouse, former LISD principal and the namesake of Rouse High School.
“He was a good leader who people loved and took to him,” Rouse said. “He had a vision that was spot on for how this area was going to grow and wanted to make sure they’d be prepared for it.”
Bible joined the military and fought in World War II when he was 23 years old. He spent three years in Africa and Europe before he got out of the military in 1945. Both Glenn and Rouse said they enjoyed hearing about his war stories.
After retiring, Bible was known to play his fiddle in his free time as well as alongside his band, something he had enjoyed doing most of his life at various LISD events.
“I don’t think he ever met a stranger,” Rouse said. "He treated everyone alike and had a lot of respect for people. It’s a quality that’s disappearing in our society. He treated everyone exactly alike and with a respect I always admired.
“He’s a good guy. He left a legacy that very few people can leave.”