Little Man Stands Mightly Tall Jim W. Tevis Irving High School (Bowie)
Little man at Bowie stands mighty tall Students and staff adore maintenance engineer By MARY PITCOCK James Tevis is not a tall man, but he stands tall in the eyes of students and staff who have come to know and respect respect him. “He has been our pride and joy — I don’t know how we'll run Bowie without him next year,” says Bowie girls P.E. teacher Mrs. Susan Shamburger, Shamburger, noting the approaching retirement of a man who has seen 23 years of continuous service at the school. TEVIS BEGAN work as a custodian at what was then Irving High School on May 15, 1948. and has been there ever since. Prior to beginning work with the Irving public schools, Tevis was in construction work, but he says that took him out of town and away from his family too much. Jobs were kind of hard to get back then, he notes, but he had a friend who was head custodian at the only elementary elementary school in town. Central Elementary, who urged him to take the job at what was then the high school. Tevis says that when the eighth grade wing, which is the older part of Bowie, burned last December, he felt like he had “lost a part of myself, at first.” He adds, however, that he is pleased with reconstruction reconstruction and renovation plans for Bowie. “I’ve had some wonderful times here. I’ve met some great teachers, parents and kids. Once you learn to really understand kids, you can t help but love them. In 1954 the kids dedicated their yearbook to me.” TEVIS MAINTAINS that students haven't really changed much over the years. “One minute you want to hug their neck and the next minute you may want to pinch it off,” he laughs. “ But I love them. “I enjoy doing things for the students. Some people might tell them they are too busy to take care of it right then.” he says, “but I like to help them out. If you do them a little favor and treat them all alike, they’ll remember it.” In addition to serving as a maintenance engineer for the heating and cooling systems for the school, Tevis is there each day, usually before 6 a.m., to “meet anything that might come up.” The school now has a night crew that handles the cleaning, but Tevis keeps in fine physical physical shape running up and down the stairs of Bowie seeing that everything is running smoothly- smoothly- He knows where to store the extra desks the teacher isn't using and how to fix the locker that a student accidentally jammed when his coat caught in it. MANY IS THE time he has Continued on Page 2 Collins, chamber exchange ideas a over the represent I k * discharge of Irving business and civic leaders found out what's going on at Capitol Hill and exchanged exchanged ideas with U.S. Rep. Jim Collins at a Chamber of Commerce sponsored dinner Friday night at Las Colinas Country Club. LEGISLATION before the U.S. Congress including the Highway Trust Act, minimum wages and a bill to prohibit issuing food stamps to striking workers were outlined by Collins to some 80 persons attending attending the dinner. Also discussed discussed were improvements on the Trinity River Authority’s sewage treatment plant in Grand Prairie across from southeastern Irving and the effects of the Occupation Safety Safety and Health Act. which Congress Congress passed last year Collins told chamber members members he was pleased with its efforts to help retain the state’s Right to Work Law- and said Congress is considering a national Right to Work Law. Attending the dinner, presided presided over by Jon Franks, chairman of the chamber’s public affairs committee, were Irving Mayor Dan Matkin and members of the Irving City Council, members of the school board, officers and directors of the chamber and business leaders. COLLINS MEETS twice a year with the chamber and civic leaders to inform Irvin- gites of happenings in Washington Washington and exchange ideas about upcoming legislation. Inside the News LIONS ROAR ‘73 Irving NoonDay Lions getting ready for Lions Roar ‘73 show. (Story, Photo, Section I, Page 4) JUNIOR HIGH TRACK Bowie wins Irving City Girls Junior High Track Meet while Travis snares seventh grade honors. (Story, Section II, Page I) A FRIENDLY SMILE — James W. Tevis takes time out from adjusting an air conditioning unit to chat with a student at Bowie Junior High School. Tevis is retiring this year after 23 years of continuous service as head custodian at Bowie.