School History

  • Simon Middle School opened in the Fall of 2009 in the rapidly growing community of the city of Kyle, Texas, a suburb of Austin. The school opened in 2009 with a 450 student population and a teaching faculty of 21 teachers. In 2017 Simon Middle School opened its doors with a 750 student population with a teaching faculty of over 35 teachers.

    The school is named for Delvin John "Red" Simon, a 12 year board member of the Kyle Independent School District, which later merged with the Buda and Wimberley school Districts to form Hays CISD in 1967. Simon led the Kyle board, then served as the first Hays CISD board president until 1972.

    By then, Simon had begun to make a name for himself in San Marcos, opening Red Simon Ford in 1963. Simon spent 63 years in the local car business before selling his San Marcos Delaership to Chris Griffith to Uvalde.

    As a school trustee, Simon navigated the rocky terrain between rivals Buda and Kyle as they merged into one district. Simon and his school boards were guided by the common interest of local students and, more than 40 years later, their successes are evident.

    Simon was born into a farming family in Hemphill, TX, in 1925. When he was 11, his mother died and his family, which included fiver older siblings, moved to Kyle. His father remained a farmer, growing cotton and corn and managing sheep, goats, cattle, and pigs. 

    His student days were spent in Kyle, and he graduated from Kyle High School in 1941. He even got his nickname in school from his vocational Ag teacher, A.R. "Archie" Hacker. The name stuck with the auburn-haired student for the rest of his life.

    He saw some military service stateside after high school, and in 1946 he started working in the auto business. Although his first job was sweeping out Tom Summers' San Marcos Ford dealership, he was soon a salesman. And 15 years later, he found himself in the position to buy into the dealership.

    Appointed to fill a Kyle ISD board vacancy in 1955, Simon became a force for educational growth and change in the area. The eventual consolidation of school districts from Kyle, Buda, and Wimberley arrived with Simon serving as Kyle's board president.

    Simon Middle School is proud to have this educational leader as their legacy. Our dedication to academic excellence is demonstrated by our chosen curriculum, instruction, assessment methods, data review process, master schedule, and student need guided intervention initiatives supported through well implemented systems.

    Principals:

    Michelle Chae, Founding Principal 2009-2012
    Matt Pope, Assistant Principal 2010-2012 and Principal 2012-2015
    Dr. Jose Arturo Puga, Principal 2015-2018
    Charli Lennon, Principal 2018-2020

    Dr. Michael Watson 2020-present