Dr. Curtis Culwell
Curtis Culwell thrived on the gridiron as a Corsicana Tiger, playing for his father—longtime Texas high school football coach and educator, Mark Culwell. A three-year letterman at center for the Tigers, Curtis twice earned all-district honors. During his senior year in 1971, he earned a spot on the Central Texas Super Pre-season Football Team and was an integral part of Corsicana’s Quarterfinal finish in the Class 4A state playoffs.
After high school, Curtis went on to play football for Abilene Christian University, making him the third member of his family to suit up for the Wildcats and head coach Wally Bullington. Knee injuries put a halt to Curtis’ playing career. He transferred to Sam Houston State University and graduated with a degree in history.
Shortly after college, Curtis began his career in public education. He was an original member of the teaching and coaching staff that helped open Garland ISD’s Lakeview Centennial High School in 1976. A few years later, Curtis moved into campus-level administration—first at Brandenburg Middle School, then at Garland High School. In 1983, Curtis departed GISD to serve as principal at La Marque High School.
Following a superintendent role in east Texas and another in west Texas, Curtis eventually found his way back to GISD in 1999 when he was named superintendent of schools. During his 14-year tenure, he pushed for renovation of the Williams Stadium Press Box in 2001. His insight and vision were also two of the main components that helped bring about the construction of the GISD Special Event Center in 2004. Renamed the Curtis Culwell Center in 2012, GISD’s multi-purpose facility hosts several athletic, school district, and community events each year.