The Sulphur Springs ISD School Board approved the renaming of Lamar Primary to honor former principal Rowena Johnson. The school will be renamed Rowena Johnson Primary.
Johnson was the campus principal at Lamar Primary for 27 years.
Johnson diligently served SSISD students for 50 years, from 1970 to 2020, starting as a third grade Houston Elementary teacher in 1970. She served as a third-sixth grade teacher at Bowie Elementary from 1971 to 1991. She served as a reading specialist from 1991 to 1993 at Travis Elementary. Ms. Johnson became campus principal at Lamar Elementary in 1993. She was the first SSISD female African American Elementary Principal and continued to serve as campus principal until her retirement in 2020.
Johnson passed away in July 2020.