History of Sonny and Allegra Nance Elementary

Sonny & Allegra Nance


L.E. Sonny and Allegra Nance have been vital members of the Northwest community for over 50 years. The Nance family moved to Haslet in 1955 when they were beginning a successful career in ranching.


Sonny Nance managed a successful registered Hereford operation at the Hall-Nance Ranches in Haslet and Rhome and at Nance Ranch in Post, Texas. He was a distinguished rancher, and held various positions of leadership in the cattle business, including President of the Texas Hereford Association, Director of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, and Secretary of the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show.


Mr. Nance has been recognized as the outstanding soil conservationist of Tarrant County. He was honored by the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show with a $50,000 L.E. Sonny Nance Endowment Scholarship Fund at Texas Tech University and received the Bill King Award for Excellence in Agriculture during Fort Worths Livestock Appreciation Day in 2001.


Allegra Nance was also a success in her roles of wife, mother, and community member.  She met the demands required of ranch life while maintaining a nurturing home and serving in her community. 


The Nances are strong supporters of public education. Sonny Nance began his service as a Northwest ISD School Board member in 1965 and served as president of the board from 1968 to his last term in 1972. Allegra Nance was an active member of the Parent Teacher Association and was very involved in her sons schools.


The Nances two sons, David and Dan, both attended Haslet Elementary School and graduated from Northwest High School. Dan Nance also served on the Northwest ISD Board of Trustees from 1987 to 1993. We are thankful that the Nance family is still active at Nance Elementary within our Campus Improvement Committee and the Junior Achievement program.  


The couple were long-time members of the United Methodist Church and are active members of the community.


Sonny and Allegra Nance Elementary School was named in their honor due to their outstanding community presence and their involvement in Northwest schools. Northwest ISD is proud to honor Mr. and Mrs. Nance and the entire Nance family with the dedication of Sonny and Allegra Nance Elementary School.


Sonny & Allegra Nance Elementary School

Sonny and Allegra Nance Elementary School opened on Thursday, August 11, 2005.  The school, located at 701 Tierra Vista Way in Fort Worth, Texas, welcomed 345 students that first day.  With new families moving to this fast-growth area, the school was expected to reach its capacity of 650 students within the next three years.  During the 2007-2008 school year our numbers increased to a high of 840 students. O.A. Peterson Elementary opened in August of 2008, and Schluter Elementary opened in the fall of 2011 to relieve crowding at Nance.  We anticipate opening the 2016-2017 school year with approximately 500 students.


Designed by the architectural firm of SHW Group, the school contains approximately 79,040 square feet of space and was built at a total cost of $9.6 million.

This elementary school was designed with the help and input of NISD teachers, staff, and administrators to create an exceptional educational facility. Given the charge to Think Out of the Box, NISD and SHW Group teamed to design a functional, well planned facility with unique features allowing for flexible use of teaching environments and styles.

This flexible environment comes in the shape of a shared space between two classrooms. The Flex Space provides for many possibilities, such as team teaching, mentoring, and student testing. The use of this space and the collaboration between the two classrooms is only limited by the possibilities of those who inhabit it.


A relationship between the outside environment and the indoor learning environment is featured in many facets throughout the building. Some examples include a centrally located library with views to the exterior; canopy-covered seating at the main entry; courtyards for upper and lower grade levels as places for outdoor learning; large areas of glazing in the vestibules, corridors, library, art room, cafeteria, and even the gymnasium.  All these elements combine to keep students in touch with the world outside while exploring the boundaries of their minds inside.