J. Webster Youngblood Intermediate opened in August of 1996, becoming Alief's third intermediate campus. Intermediate campuses are an "educational blending" of elementary and middle school concepts, as in the security of elementary academic teams with the choice of elective courses such as band, orchestra, art, etc.
J. Webster Youngblood was born May 13, 1882, in Youngblood, Alabama. He and his wife, Elizabeth, a teacher, moved their family of seven children to Alief in 1927 to take up farming. Mr. Youngblood was known for his many acts of kindness including “helping neighborhood children build a clubhouse and baseball field in his pasture, so they would have a place to play after school and on weekends.”
He was a family man who enjoyed not only his own family but was active in many church and community activities. Mr. Youngblood’s vocation was farming, but his avocation was music. He loved to share his musical talents with friends and neighbors.
Mr. Youngblood demonstrated a strong belief in honesty, responsibility, and the importance of education, and he passed these beliefs along to his children. Superintendent James Smith said, “The Youngblood’s believed in the value of education and were committed to raising their own community of scholars.” Over the years, the Youngblood Family has collectively contributed nearly 200 years of educational service to the Alief community.
The staff and students will always strive to create a community of scholars that follow the outstanding example of dedication and service set by J. Webster Youngblood and his family.
Information was gathered from dedication document and newspaper clippings.
De Mangin, Charles. “AISD dedicates third intermediate.” Houston Chronicle This Week Zone 16 April 2, 1997: p11. Print.