Skip to main content
Coronavirus in Texas

After a beloved principal's death, Waco middle school community grieves apart

Phillip Perry was the leader many believed would rescue a troubled Waco middle school and help its students soar. Two weeks after his death from the coronavirus, students and teachers learn the added pain of mourning during a pandemic.

G.W. Carver Middle School seventh grade student Tabitha Hawkins, 13, left, and mother Tobie release balloons in front of a m…

Coronavirus in Texas

As the coronavirus spreads across the state, The Texas Tribune is covering the most important health, economic and breaking developments that affect Texans, every day. Watch our Texas unemployment tracker, use our explainer on the coronavirus for essential information, and visit our map tracker for the number of cases, deaths and tests in Texas.

 More in this series 
G.W. Carver Middle School Principal Phillip Perry died from coronavirus complications on March 31, 2020.
A memorial sits outside of G.W. Carver Middle School for Principal Phillip Perry, 49, who died on March 31 from coronavirus.
G.W. Carver seventh grade student Tabitha Hawkins, 13, says a few words in memory of her middle school’s principal who died …

Quality journalism doesn't come free

Yes, I'll donate today