2022 Honorees Announced
The GCISD Walk of Honor Committee is proud to announce the 2022 honorees of the GCISD Walk of Honor. These two individuals have served the District with honor, distinction, and service and will be honored permanently with plaques at Mustang Panther Stadium.
Travis James Matthews
Travis was born in Ponder in 1923 and moved his family to Grapevine in 1952. He served in the Army Air Corps from 1943-1945, and graduated from NTSU in 1949 with a degree in accounting. He worked at LTV for 33 years, retiring in 1984. His two daughters, Sandra and Linda, are both GHS graduates. Travis served the community over 60 years, both as a Grapevine City Council member and a GCISD trustee. During his four terms on the school board, the district transitioned from being the GISD to GCISD and numerous building projects were completed – the new Grapevine High School and athletic complex, Dove Elementary School, the Career Center and Colleyville Middle School. He was named a lifetime Dove PTA member in 1975. Travis served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church of Grapevine and was named deacon emeritus in 2021. The words most frequently used to describe Travis by his friends are integrity, leadership, mentor and encourager. Travis died in October 2021 at age 98.
William H. (Bill) Yancey, Sr.
Bill, a lifetime resident of Grapevine, was born in 1922 and graduated from GHS in 1939. He attended Texas A & M until joining the Army Air Corps, serving from 1941-1945. He graduated from TCU in 1948 where he played football and golf. His three children – Julie, John and Bill, Jr. – were also GHS graduates. Bill went into the insurance business with his father after graduation from college and maintained that agency his entire career. He was a Grapevine City Council member and a GCISD trustee, as well as an elder at the Presbyterian church. Bill helped start the Grapevine Little League and was a coach and mentor to many boys. He and his wife, Betty, were named Grapevine Citizens of the Year in 1975, and he became a member of the GHS Hall of Fame in 1969. Bill was a friend to all and was especially sensitive to children with needs, often finding ways to provide baseball equipment to those without any in ways that allowed the children and their families to maintain their dignity. He died in 2003 at age 81.
Congratulations to Class of 2022 honoree, Travis James Matthews.
Congratulations to Class of 2022 honoree, William H. (Bill) Yancey, Sr.