Mayor Rudy Durham, 23rd mayor of Lewisville in office and fifth to graduate from Lewisville High School, will be inducted into his alma mater’s Hall of Fame.
Nominated by former mayors Dean Ueckert and Bobbie Mitchell, who currently serves as county commissioner for Precinct 3, Durham was recognized for his LHS Hall of Fame induction at the Lewisville City Council meeting on Oct. 16. Durham will lead the high school’s homecoming parade Wednesday and be inducted at the homecoming game Friday.
“Away from City Hall, Rudy has been a frequent visitor at the LISD campuses across the district, providing today’s students with an outstanding example they can follow,” Police Chief Russell Kerbow read from the nomination letter. “Rudy Durham has remained true to his deep Lewisville roots, growing up as a teen leader on campus into a pillar in this community.”
The letter detailed Durham’s timeline of personal achievements and community involvement.
While at LHS, Durham served as freshman class president, a student council member of four years and student council vice president as a senior. He won the 1974 Math Department Award, played in the Fighting Farmer band for two years and was a National Honor Society member.
Durham was a state finalist in shot put during his junior and senior years. He started as offensive lineman on the 1972 state finalist football team, was named for the all-district football team in 1972 and 1973, and was recognized as LHS Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 1973. He graduated from LHS in 1974.
Fire Chief Tim Tittle outlined part of Durham’s post-LHS work from the letter.
“This pattern of high achievement continued after graduation from Lewisville High School,” Tittle read.
Durham graduated from North Texas State University, now University of North Texas, with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1980 after majoring in real estate.
Durham eventually became an appraiser with the Denton Central Appraisal District, assuming the role of chief appraiser in 2012. Durham is now the president-elect for the Texas Association of Appraisal Districts.
“Rudy learned from his family the importance of community service,” Tittle read.
Durham’s city involvement includes serving on the Zoning Board of Adjustment, the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Lewisville City Council before he assumed the role of mayor in 2015. Durham has been a council member since 1994.
Durham is a native Texan and a fourth generation Lewisville resident. The announcement of Durham’s induction closed with a standing ovation and rounds of, “Congratulations,” from city staff and council members.
Mitchell gave additional congratulations to Durham in person.
“If there’s anyone that deserves this, it’s you. You’re such a selfless person, you don’t expect a lot of recognition,” Mitchell said. “I appreciate you and I’m glad the school recognized you.”