History and Facts
The first school in Rendon was built where the new part of the cemetery is now located. The land had been donated by Mr. W.L. Norwood in 1897. The school moved to its new location about 1911. A three room building was built; there were outdoor restrooms and no cafeteria. The building was torn down around 1931. The new one building was a four-room wooden building;rooms were added later. This school was heated by coal and the restrooms were still located outdoors.
Around 1941, the New Hope School consolidated with Rendon and their building was moved and attached to Rendon School. Unfortunately, on January 14, 1947, the school burned from faulty wiring. Classes were held at Retta Church, Rendon Church and Bloodworth School. In the summer of 1947, the school was built again and a portion of the building is still being used. Originally, the school was built of cement block, with five classrooms and two restrooms. The first lunch room was built in 1950, and later, three more classrooms, a new lunch room and a gym were added.
On December 4, 1966, an election was held to determine independent status and the election of seven trustees. The election passed, and in the summer of 1967, an election was held and it was decided to consolidate with Mansfield Independent School District.
On July 21, 1969, Mansfield ISD purchased more land next to the school site and constructed a new school. The new Tarver-Rendon Elementary School was completed in December 1970 with students moving in January 1971 after returning from the Christmas holiday.
The area was named after Joaquin Rendon, a Mexican-American sheepherder, who received a land grant of 4,065 acres in 1837. The grant was at the headwaters of Caddo and Walnut Creeks. The new “Tarver-Rendon” school received its name as a memorial to Ray F. Tarver. Holland Tarver, an employee of Texas Electric Co., donated all of the electrical apparatus and labor; the school was named in his brother’s honor.
School Mascot - Roadrunner
School Colors - Blue & Gold
Grades Taught - Pre-Kindergarten through 4th grade
Teacher/Student Ratio - 1:22
Math Pentathlon club
Battle of the Books
3rd and 4th grade choirs
Mansfield News Network--live student-led school announcements