LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - One of the things you'll notice when you go to Abernathy is a lot of school pride. The Antelopes are proud of their academics and athletics, but they're also proud of their fine arts, including band. There are more than 300 kids in the program in grades 5 through 12.
Some of the band's accomplishments include earning five sweepstakes in the last three years, the band had more than 400 individuals qualify for state in the last 10 years, and they finished 7th in the 2005 state marching contest.
"We have a good time. We have a good group of kids. We're in a very competitive region. This is a very strong AA region of the state of Texas," said band director, Matt Knight.
The school is also looking to build in the future. Abernathy voters recently approved a $15.9 million bond package for their school district. The district will use the money for renovations to existing school buildings. The two most important projects are the remodeling of the high school and a new gymnasium.
"We're going to be able to offer some other classes in the high school and some improvements made inside the high school and the gymnasium. There will be a new gym for the community," said Abernathy Elementary School Principal, Shawn Beardon.
In 2008, the Texas Education Agency listed Abernathy as a recognized school district, and in the 2006/2007 school year, A.I.S.D. received a gold performance acknowledgment for good attendance.