History


History

Mrs. Tommie Kunst
1937 - 2001

Our school was named after Mrs. Tommie Kunst.  As a junior high school teacher for 40 years, Mrs. Kunst consistently set an example on how to go about "the business of living."  She taught both math and science and exemplified hard work, commitment, and dedication in her daily efforts.  More than a teacher advocate, she was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who, with her soft spoken manner inspired her students to achieve their potential.  Mrs. Kunst was known for her honesty, fairness, and integrity.  In 2001, Mrs. Kunst died leaving behind her loving husband, Del Kunst, and children, John and Jennifer, Amy and Brian Stowe, sister, Bettye Rosser and Family in Highlands, Texas.  Named on her behalf, Tommie Kunst Junior High School is a memorial to her life and educational achievements. 

A Message from the Kunst Family

The friends and family of Tommie Kunst would like to thank all those involved in the decision to name the new junior high school in her honor.  We would like to thank the Santa Maria-Bonita School Board, those who spoke words of support at the school board meeting, and all those who wrote letters to obtain the nomination.  It is a fitting honor for a person who spent 40 years as a teacher, with 39 years spent at El Camino Junior High School.  In addition to touching thousands of student's lives as a teacher, she spent many years negotiating for better conditions for teachers.  She continues to benefit students by way of the Tommie Kunst Scholarship, which provides monetary rewards to high achieving students.   A scholarship fund has been established at the new junior high school to benefit students and the school.  Naming the new junior high school after Tommie Kunst not only honors her, but all who have dedicated their lives to education.