Benjamin Franklin
  • Clark Primary School was named after Benjamin Franklin Clark, a former Spring ISD teacher, coach, bus driver, counselor, textbook custodian and principal.


    A native of San Augustine County, Texas,  Clark exhibited a passion for education and a love for children at an early age when he substituted as a teacher while still in high school. He began his teaching career in 1938 on a temporary certificate while continuing his final two years of college. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas College in August 1942 and reported immediately to the U.S. Army where he served for three and one-half years before being discharged as a decorated Sergeant.


    In 1946, Mr. Clark resumed teaching at Groveton, Texas and in 1949, completed his Masters of Science in Education degree at Prairie View A & M. Two years later, he began his 28-year career with Spring ISD. During his tenure, Mr. Clark served as a teacher, coach, bus driver, counselor, textbook custodian and principal from 1951 until 1979. Most importantly, he served, and continues to serve, as a friend of education.


    In his final year of service to Spring, he was selected as the District "Teacher of the Year." After his retirement in 1979, Mr. Clark continued to be active in the community. He served as an election judge for District trustee and bond elections and on the advisory committee that developed the district’s first five-year educational plan. The Spring Independent School District's Board of Trustees honored Mr. Clark on July 17, 1990, when they named the District's 13th elementary school for him. The school, which opened in 1991, is now called Clark Primary and serves pre-kindergarten through first-grade students.