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Vivian Field Middle School
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Vivian Field Middle School:
Vivian Field Middle School, built in 1960, is named in honor of Mrs. Tom (Vivian) Field. The Fields were active civic leaders in Farmers Branch for many years. Mr. Field, a former county commissioner, donated land for the first City Hall in Farmers Branch. Also a staunch supporter of public education, he donated land for a new school, with the stipulation that the school be named after his wife, Vivian.

Vivian Field  Junior High School opened for the fall term in September 1961.  The school consisted of three levels of instruction, grades six thru eight.  Mrs. Thelma Runyon, the nurse and attendance officer for the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District, related that she had approached Mr. Tom Field on behalf of the newly established Carrollton-Farmers Branch School District to donate land in Farmers Branch for a second Junior High School for the district.  After due consideration Mr. Field agreed to donate 7.5 acres, a part of the family land on Dennis Road and Richland street, to build the school, provided it be named for his wife, Mrs. Vivian Field.
The building consisted of three wings connected by a gymnasium on the southeast side and a cafeteria and kitchen facilities on the west side of the building.  In 1969 an additional wing was built on the east side providing a formal entrance, offices and additional classrooms.  The latest addition to Vivian Field was completed in time to accommodate sixth grade classes for the start of the 1992-93 year.
The name of the school has now been changed to Vivian Field Middle School to reflect the grade levels and programs provided there. Since the school opened there have been five principals; Mr. O.K. Edmondson, Mr. Kenneth McKinney, Mr. Gilbert Thompson, Ms. Martha Stone, and Mr. Conan Reinken, the first principal.
Information submitted by Mary Kerr, school counselor, retired
From Farmers Branch, A Pictorial History, used with permission of the Farmers Branch Historical Park



School Name Honors Widow of Tom Field
FARMERS BRANCH, Texas - The Walker Construction Company began work on the Vivian Field Junior High School on Josey Lane and Richland Street. it is a $546,870 project of the Carrollton Independent School District.
The new school is named for the widow of the late Tom Field, onetime county commissioner. She gave the site for the building.

The Dallas Morning News - November 9, 1960
Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams



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