Our Namesake

VR Eaton


The district’s third comprehensive high school is named in honor of Wise County resident and rancher, V.R. Eaton. Mr. Eaton served as a member on the first Northwest ISD school board and is remembered for his contributions and assistance in the organization of the district’s consolidation. One of eight children, Eaton was born on September 12, 1902 in New London, Texas. The discovery of the east Texas oil fields brought their family to Henderson.

In the mid-twenties, Eaton moved to Fort Worth and took a job as a door-to-door milk delivery man. It was a life-changing career move, as one of those deliveries introduced him to his future wife Maurine. They were married September 11, 1926 in Fort Worth.

Virgil and Maurine moved to Rhome in 1935 and built their home on what is now the Chisholm Trail Ranch. Together they raised Hereford cattle as well as feed grains for the livestock on their 1,100 acre farm and ranch. Following a devastating grass fire on a neighbor’s property, he became one of the founders of the Rhome Volunteer Fire Department. He and fellow ranchers raised money to purchase Rhome’s first fire truck in 1951.

With a love for ranching, he was an early proponent of the Northwest High School vocational agriculture program and served as a member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and the Texas Hereford Association and a member of the Rhome Masonic Lodge and Moslah Shrine Temple.

His passion for learning was driven by his belief that a good education is the foundation for a successful life. Mr. Eaton was not only a member of the first school board for Northwest ISD in 1949, but he assisted in organization of the school district. He worked many hours overcoming unbelievable obstacles on a local and state level to make Northwest ISD a reality.

As a school board member, he oversaw a bond program in 1950 that opened a new high school west of Highway 114 and Farm Road 156. He assisted in selecting 40-acres of land that is home to the NISD stadium, baseball/softball fields, Texas Stadium, Northwest High School, Gene Pike Middle School, and W.R. Hatfield Elementary School. He dedicated most of his time in the early years of Northwest ISD to forming a partnership between the agriculture community and business leadership in Rhome, Roanoke, Justin, and Haslet.

His family still owns property in the school district, and his son, daughter, and daughter in-law are graduates of Northwest ISD. His son Roy has carried on the family tradition of support for the school district through his involvement with the Northwest ISD Education Foundation, where he served as a founding director. Additionally, Roy Eaton has provided news coverage for Northwest ISD for more than 35 years through the Wise County Messenger as the paper’s president and publisher.
Northwest ISD is proud to honor V. R. Eaton and his family. His involvement with Northwest ISD has significant historical value to Northwest ISD and the communities it serves.
Mr. Roy Eaton, son of VR Eaton gives some history on NISD...click here to watch video