Park Independent School District
14705 Woodforest Blvd. w Houston, Texas 77015 w (832) 386-1231
Craig Eichhorn w Director of Communications

September 6, 2006



      Dr. Shirley J. Neeley, commissioner of education, is one of the six Galena Park ISD alumni to be honored during the district’s first Distinguished Alumni Banquet scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at North Shore Senior High School, 353 North Castlegory.
      Dr. Neeley, a 1966 graduate of Galena Park High School, is a former elementary school teacher, assistant principal and principal. She also served as Superintendent of Schools in Galena Park ISD from 1994-2004. Under her leadership, GPISD became the largest Exemplary school district in the state from 2002-2004.
      Other alumni being honored that evening include: Howard Twilley, Dr. Daniel Garcia, Cory Redding, Dr. Charles Grant and Wayne Oquin. The award-winning Fish Drill Team from Texas A&M University will also take part in the ceremonies.
       Twilley, a 1962 graduate of Galena Park High School, had a successful football career at the University of Tulsa and then played for 11 seasons with the Miami Dolphins in the NFL. During his career with the Dolphins he caught 212 passes for 3,064 yards and 23 touchdowns. He scored the first touchdown of Super Bowl VII on a 28-yard pass from Bob Griese.  The Dolphins defeated the Washington Redskins 14-7 in that Super Bowl to cap the NFL’s only perfect season.
      Dr. Garcia, a 1989 graduate of Galena Park High School, not only grew up in Galena Park but fulfilled his lifelong dream to practice medicine in the community. He strives to provide quality care in a compassionate, friendly and professional manner.
      Redding, a 1999 graduate of North Shore High School, was an all-state football player and enjoyed a successful career, including being named an All-American, at the University of Texas. He was selected by the Detroit Lions in the 2003 NFL Draft and has started at defensive end for the Lions the past two seasons.
      Dr. Grant, a 1965 graduate of North Shore High School, has been an educator for more than 30 years. He is currently in his 9th year serving as president of San Jacinto College North. He has held many positions throughout his 23 years with San Jacinto College and he spent six years teaching and four years as an assistant principal in Galena Park ISD.
      Oquin, a 1996 graduate of North Shore High School, earned a Master of Music from The Juilliard School of Music and is serving as a Teaching Fellow and is nearing the completion of his Doctorate of Musical Arts. He earned his Bachelor of Music from Texas State University. His music has been performed on three continents and his original compositions have been premiered throughout the U.S. as well as in London, Paris, Prague, Moscow, Tokyo, Vienna and Warsaw.

       The banquet is being presented by the Galena Park ISD Education Foundation. For ticket information contact Johnnie Rountree at (832) 386-1099.