James Butler Bonham
    James Butler Bonham, namesake for the school, was a young cavalry lieutenant and a school friend of William Travis. He was attracted to Texas and its fight for Independence by Travis. Bonham is most remembered for his heroic flight on horseback from the Alamo in search of reinforcements for the small band of Texans. The Alamo at this time was surrounded the Mexican Army led by Santa Ana, and numbering close to 5,000. After realizing that no help was available, Bonham rode back through enemy lines in broad daylight in order to help his fellow Texans.

    The small band of Texans put up a heroic fight to the very end. The battle is remembered through history as the focal point for Texas patriotism.