The baseball field at Johnston Middle School has been named the Linda H. Balkin Field, in memory of Balkin, former principal of the school who died in February. Balkin helped oversee the completion of the field.
During Balkin’s tenure as principal, Johnston was recognized by Texas Monthly magazine as one of the best middle schools in the state. A West Region Secondary Principal of the Year and Region 4 Secondary Principal of the Year, Balkin served as a coach for the New Visions in Leadership Academy for Houston A+ Challenge and the director of middle schools in HISD’s Curriculum Department.
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