Cloverleaf Elementary's Campus History

  • Cloverleaf Elementary has its beginnings in 1943 and received its name from Cloverleaf Farms. It is the second oldest elementary school and the fourth oldest school in the district. The faculty and support personnel have increased from 10 in 1943 to over 80 in 2008. From 1949 until 1959 double sessions were held in some grades in two buildings until a third building was constructed. Cloverleaf Elementary has approximately 750 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth grade. Cloverleaf Elementary has increased from only 6 classrooms to 57 classrooms, a lunchroom, learning center, multi-purpose room and clinic area. The original building was replaced in 1997 with a new wing. Again, in 2002, another wing added another 12 classrooms and a computer lab. 

    Cloverleaf has been under the direction of the following principals: Mr. Sorenson, Mr. R.E. Wallace, Mr. D.C. Lauderdale, Mr. F.T. Mustachia, Mr. Kenneth Bush, Mrs. Karen Sutera, Mrs. Lois Killough, Mrs. Ofelia Garza and currently Mr. Lee Brown.

    Four Cloverleaf PTA members have served as Galena Park Community Council Presidents: Mrs. Hazel Haggard in 1955-1956, Mrs. Sarita Baker in 1983-1984, Mrs. Janet Sholar in 1995-1997 and again in 1999-2001 and Mrs. Becky Godell in 2005-2007 and again in 2015-2017. Cloverleaf PTA supports a variety of activities such as theater, author presentations and other school events. PTA was a major force in the building of Cloverleaf Park, supporting the acquisition of a school based health clinic and was instrumental in starting the Cloverleaf Citizens on Patrol Group. In December 2003, the Cloverleaf Library was dedicated and renamed the Frances Irene Nadolney Library to honor the Nadolney family, who donated the land to the Galena Park Public Schools to build Cloverleaf Elementary in 1942. In 2004, Texas State PTA recognized Cloverleaf Elementary by awarding them not only the Texas State PTA Health Concerns Award, but also the Texas State PTA Parent Education Award.

    In May, 2007, Becky Godell, Cloverleaf Elementary Past PTA President, was elected Area 11 PTA President. There are only 18 PTA Areas in the state of Texas, with Area 11 covering 11 counties,including most of Harris County.In February 2008, Becky Godell was elected to the Texas PTA Executive Board of Directors as a Member at Large. From 2015-2017, Godell again served as Galena Park ISD Council PTA President.

    2017-2018 Cloverleaf celebrated its 75th Anniversary. A grand celebration was held. 

    In 2018-2019, Cloverleaf Elementary temporarily relocated to the building that was occupied by North Shore Elementary. It was affectionately known as Cloverleaf Del Norte. The entire Frankie Street site was razed and a new campus was built in less than 1 year. 

    On September 12, 2019, Cloverleaf held its official ribbon cutting ceremony. Students now attend school in a beautiful, state of the art facility. An interior courtyard, learning garden, 2 science labs and natural light grace the building's beautiful architecture. 

    In 2019-2020, Cloverleaf PTA continues to grow and bring in great parent participation and educational programs for its parents and students. Sylvia Hernandez serves as the current Cloverleaf PTA President. Every Child, One Voice.