It just sounded right - and Stephenville school board members agreed late Monday to rename Stephenville Junior High School after the man that dedicated his entire educational career to it.

The Stephenville Independent School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to rename Stephenville Junior High School after Paul Henderson.

Henderson served the last 28 years of his life as principal of the school.

He died suddenly on January 9 of an apparent heart attack.

News of his death traveled quickly throughout the community, and in less than 24 hours, the talk around town was to name the school that he loved so in his honor.

ďPaul Henderson was a legendary SISD institution. His 36 years of dedicated service at Stephenville Junior High are appreciated by not only the thousands of students whose lives he positively touched, but also by all of the teachers, parents, and community members that grew to know and love him. Stephenville ISD is very proud to bestow the honor of naming Stephenville Junior High after Mr. Paul Henderson,Ē said Dr. Darrell Floyd, superintendent of Stephenville schools.

Also Monday, the board voted to leave the school in familiar hands.

Bob Cervetto, Hendersonís assistant principal since 1995, was named the new principal of the school. As the assistant principal, Cervetto also served as athletic coordinator for Stephenville Junior High.

In addition, the board approved Greg Hardcastle as athletic coordinator. Tylor Chaplin, teacher, was named the assistant principal.

ďIím excited about the challenge,Ē Cervetto said. ďItís the first time in 40 years Iím not preparing for a football season - first time since 4th grade. Itíll be different, but itíll be okay.Ē

Cervetto earned his bachelorís degree from McMurry University and his masterís degree from Tarleton State University.

Chaplin is a Stephenville High School graduate who received his bachelorís and masterís degrees from TSU.

ANGELIA JOINER is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at or (254) 965-3124, ext. 229.