Lifelong educators honored at GRCTC dedication

Nearly 400 people gathered to commemorate two instrumental Garland ISD educators at the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center dedication Nov. 4. The ceremony honored J. Clarence Reed and Dr. Phillip Gilbreath for their investment and commitment to Career and Technical Education (CTE) in GISD.

Reed was a trailblazer who established the strong foundation of today’s thriving CTE program. The WWII veteran joined GISD as a vocational agriculture teacher at Garland High School in 1951. He served in teacher, assistant principal and principal roles over 19 years, opening Kimberlin Elementary, Austin Junior High and O’Banion Junior High schools. During his 32-year career, he worked tirelessly to expand and improve CTE in the district—eventually becoming GISD’s first vocational director.

Since his start as an industrial arts teacher at Garland High School in 1967, Gilbreath has been a relentless advocate of CTE. Credited with creating an extensive and innovative program, Gilbreath naturally took on leadership roles at campuses and the district. He was a force on committees that set regional and national CTE standards, developed CTE wings at district campuses, and launched annual expos and exhibits. Seven years into his career, he became the consultant for industrial arts. Following Reed’s retirement in 1982, Gilbreath was named the district’s second director of Career and Technical Education—a role he still fulfills today.  

 Because of the hard work Reed and Gilbreath invested in CTE, the district’s program currently boasts 16 career clusters. The duo built a comprehensive program that features a variety of areas of focus within those clusters, which range from Architecture & Construction to Health Science to Transportation, Distribution & Logistics.

The celebration featured words from Interim Superintendent Dr. Deborah Cron, J. Clarence Reed’s son and current GISD Trustee Jed Reed, Board President Larry Glick, GRCTC Principal Erika Crump, and Gilbreath himself. An interactive tour of the brand-new campus followed, with guests and students mingling in the state-of-the-art facility.

Relive the event through the photo slideshow included and a GRS-TV dedication video