History & Facts
Mary Lillard was born March 7, 1903, in Jacksonville, Texas to Sterling and Rose Bailey Price. She married Zack F. Lillard October 16, 1943. She obtained her bachelor’s degree at Texas Presbyterian College, which is now Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and a master’s degree from Texas Wesleyan College in Fort Worth.
Lillard taught in the Mansfield ISD from 1945 to retirement in 1973. Former students remember her as a strict disciplinarian and a no nonsense teacher. She was most interested in her students learning the subject taught. Her dedication to her students and profession helped her students excel.
“She was a fiery redhead with the temperament to match, but she gained the love and respect of all her students. She had a smile that I would never forget,” said Wayne A. Coble, a former student from the class of 1953.
Lillard first taught at Emhouse, Texas and worked at Chance Vaught during World War II before coming to Mansfield. Throughout her life, Lillard was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, belonged to the Order of Eastern Star and was a Past Worth Matron of Chapter #876, Mansfield.
SPOTlight on Excellence
The Mary Lillard Intermediate School community of students, families, and staff commit to:
Meet and exceed state and national expectations,
Lead through positive character choices,
Individualize learning experiences, and
Support systems of prevention and intervention.
Red, Black, Silver
Capturing Kids' Hearts
Mary Lillard has been selected as a National Spotlight campus for Capturing Kids' Hearts for the 2020-2021 school year! We were one of 325 campuses selected nationwide out of 1,000 total schools. This is such an amazing accomplishment and we're super excited about it!
2020-2021 Parent and Student School Climate Surveys - Here at Mary Lillard Intermediate, we value the feedback and suggestions from our parents and students. Our school is amazing because of the community of stakeholders that partner with us in making our school one of the best in MISD and beyond. We believe in being transparent with our families and we thank you for your continued support