About Carl E. Schluter

Carl E. Schluter

An educator, a farmer, a volunteer, a leader – Carl E. Schluter was many things in the community, and most of all, he was a giver. Known as a generous and giving man, Carl gave much of his life and time to schools and families in the area. 

Born in nearby Ponder, Carl grew up on a farm where they grew crops and raised chicken, hogs, cows, and sheep. After his graduation from Rhome High School in 1943, Carl served as a pilot for the U.S. Navy where he also excelled on the Navy basketball team. High achievement carried into his college career where he graduated at the top of his class from Texas A&M University with a degree in agricultural engineering. Passionate about education, Carl later earned his master’s degree and teaching certificate from the University of Texas at Arlington. 

After meeting and marrying the former Virginia Merrill in 1947, Carl and his bride moved to a farm near Rhome in 1953. This property is still the proud home to members of the Schluter family today. Carl grew strong roots in the area and spent his life raising his three children – Mark, Heidi, and Gretchen – as well as farming, teaching, and pursuing other business interests.

Carl began teaching at Northwest High School in 1967, where he taught math, algebra, physics, and physical sciences. He was actively involved with student activities and served as everything from bus driver to the National Honor Society and student council sponsors to basketball statistician and coach. He was well respected by both his peers and students and was known for his discipline. 

Being a classroom teacher, a bus driver, and school sponsor were just a few ways that Carl helped shape the Northwest ISD community. Carl served on the school district’s Board of Trustees from 1959 to 1963 and taught the importance of education to his community and family. As an advocate for public education, Carl passed on his love for schools to others, and several Schluter family members have continued his legacy by pursuing careers in teaching and engineering. His daughter Heidi is a teacher and his children Gretchen and Mark are both engineers. Following in his father’s footsteps on the NISD Board of Trustees, Carl’s son Mark is currently serving as a school board member.

While Carl was well known for his pursuits in education, he was also active in the community. He attended Haslet United Methodist Church where he volunteered as a Sunday School teacher and lay minister, and he was heavily involved with the local food pantry. He also loved spending time with his grandkids, fishing, doing complex puzzles, drawing, painting, farming, and gardening. In Northwest ISD, Carl is remembered as a man who gave of himself so others could succeed.