Leander ISD celebrated the opening of its newest high school on Saturday. The dedication ceremony for Rouse High School featured inspiring words from the school's namesake, Charles Rouse.
Rouse served as principal of Leander High School from 1981 to 1997. He was instrumental in creating programs that transformed the school and had a lasting impact on the entire school district.
“LISD was blessed to have him in a leadership position for so many years,” said Superinten-dent Bret Champion. “Some leaders leave ripples in their wake. Charlie Rouse left waves. I'm beyond proud to have his name on one of our schools.”
RHS Principal Nancy Scott said Rouse “was a beloved and transformational leader who touched people and changed lives. He started the tradition of doing whatever it takes to help each student.”
Bill Rogers, a former LISD school board member who was an LHS student under Rouse, also had high praise for his former principal. “He set high standards for students and teachers, so they could achieve things they never thought possible. I'm proud that two of my children are going to be in a school named after my principal.”
Rouse himself found seeing his name on a high school a humbling experience. “When [former superintendent] Tom Glenn told me, my knees got weak. I thought, ‘why me, God?' I was just doing what I was supposed to be doing, for the most part. I guess grace is when something happens to you and you don't deserve it, but you accept it.”
Rouse said being a principal made him feel like a parent. Turning up during a school day at RHS is more like being a grandparent. “You love them and give them back to their parents.”