Granbury ISD Announces Academic Hall of Fame Class of 2024

Perla Campos

Former Student


Perla Campos graduated as the salutatorian of the Granbury High School Class of 2008.  In addition to serving as student body president, Perla excelled in sports, academics, and fine arts, and served as a leader in many student clubs and community organizations.  Her postsecondary education included undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University. Perla has been employed at Google since 2016 where she is now the head of global marketing for Google Doodles.  

A proud Latina and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, Perla fondly remembers her childhood years in Granbury, especially her memories from being with her mother in Granbury ISD schools where she worked as a school custodian. 

As one of her former teachers and someone who has known Perla most of her life, Granbury High School teacher Tammy Bodine said she cannot think of a more deserving person for the Academic Hall of Fame.

Granbury ISD is honored to have Perla represent the district as an alumna and is proud of her many accomplishments in academics and distinguished career.  


Shari Guthery

Former Staff


Shari Guthery was a beloved Acton Elementary School teacher from 1988 to 2016.  While pursuing an undergraduate degree in education, Ms. Guthery’s days as a Granbury Pirate began as student teacher under legendary teacher Mrs. Wanda Crossland.  After college graduation, she spent three years teaching at another district before coming back to the district as Acton Elementary School teacher where she taught until her retirement. 

Brandy Lillagore shared that Ms. Guthery provided a constant stream of encouragement and guidance as her mentor teacher at Acton Elementary School 26 years ago. The Lillagore family even attributes their son’s success and chosen career path as a scientist in the U.S. Forestry Service to the foundation and love for science acquired in Ms. Guthery’s class. Rachael Bufkin, former student turned colleague, said she loved learning with Ms. Guthery when she was a student in her class and is thankful for the unique opportunity to teach alongside her favorite teacher who continues to inspire to make an impact in the lives of her students.  A former student and aspiring teacher Ashlynn Drysale said Ms. Guthery is the definition of what a teacher should be and that no one is more deserving of being a hall of fame honoree.

Today, Ms. Guthery resides in Granbury and continues working magic with students as a part-time tutor at Acton Elementary School.  

Granbury ISD is honored to have Ms. Guthery represent the district as a former staff member and is proud of the impact she made in the lives of Granbury ISD students.


Dr. Barbara Herrington

Former Staff


Dr. Barbara Herrington’s impressive 50-year career in education included serving as Granbury ISD assistant superintendent from 1996 to 2002 and school board trustee from 2005 to 2023.

Dr. Herrington holds an undergraduate degree in education from Texas State University, a master degree in counseling from Our Lady of the Lake University, and a doctoral degree in education from Nova Southeastern University. The beginning of her career was spent as an instructional aide and library aide prior to becoming a language arts, journalism, and math classroom teacher. Her campus leadership positions include assistant middle school principal and high school principal. In 1981, Dr. Herrington was one of two female principals in the entire state. She spent 20 years as an assistant superintendent in four districts, all involving curriculum and instruction in some way.  She said her favorite part of her career was working with teachers. After her retirement in 2022, Dr. Herrington continued her career in the role of adjunct professor at Tarleton State University until 2012.

A committed advocate for school children and public education, Dr. Herrington is well known for coining the phrase, “If it’s not for kids, it’s not for us.”  

Dr. Herrington still resides in Granbury with her family and loves serving her community. She is a proud grandmother and aunt to three Granbury ISD graduates and has a great niece who is currently a Granbury Pirate. 

Granbury ISD is honored to have Dr. Herrington represent the district as a former employee and school board trustee and proud of the influence she has in the school community.


Hood County News



The Hood County News supports Granbury schoolchildren with meaningful recognition of student achievement through feature stories, photography, and sponsorships. A true hometown newspaper, the Hood County News provides quality reporting and photography of student achievement.

Under the leadership of Paul Hyde and Sam Houston in 2020, the newspaper has positively impacted the district by providing news and insights that educate, enrich, and entertain.

Granbury ISD is honored to consider the Hood County News a local business partner and proud of the many contributions they make to the community.  



James Wann

Legacy Award


James Wann was a well-renowned leader of Texas public schools and a man of kindness and integrity. The final 17 years of his life were spent as a Granbury Pirate as Granbury ISD Superintendent from 1970 to 1987.  

Mr. Wann held his undergraduate degree in agriculture business from Texas A&M University and graduate degree in education from Texas Christian University. He first became a Granbury Pirate in 1952 as teacher and coach before eventually moving to positions in Glen Rose and Tolar ISD. His first leadership position was superintendent at Tolar ISD in 1957, where he remained until moving to Rock Springs in 1961. In 1965, Mr. Wann accepted and successfully completed the challenge of leading Marble Falls ISD, a larger school district in desperate need of new schools. He returned to Granbury in 1970 so he could be closer to his family home in Paluxy, where he was the superintendent at Granbury ISD until his passing in 1987.

Just before his passing, the school board unanimously agreed to name the new gymnasium after the beloved, longtime public educator who spent 30 years serving as superintendent in Texas public schools.

His niece, Sara Galvan, remembers how well he loved and led his family, staff, and students, always encouraging them to dream big and set high expectations of themselves. Former district employee (and former Marble Falls ISD student) Jane Ann Blasingame remembers Mr. Wann as a highly respected man who made a huge impact on the school district and community. She recalls when computers first became popular, people joked that Granbury ISD already owned a computer named James Wann due to his remarkable, photographic memory. Former colleague Ray Crass said Mr. Wann was an influential leader in education who mentored countless school leaders, many who owe him credit for their career. Former school board trustee Ike Thomas remembers how much Mr. Wann’s staff loved him, recalling the time the entire maintenance department traveled together to be with Mr. Wann at his bedside in 1987.

Granbury ISD is honored to have James Wann represent the district and proud of the legacy he left Granbury ISD. Many of his extended family members proudly accept the Legacy Award in honor of his memory.