Tyrone Thompson Elementary School is dedicated to Assemblyman Odis “Tyrone” Thompson, who committed his life to the education and empowerment of Nevada’s children.
Mr. Thompson was born in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1967. He was a graduate of Valley High School and attended Northern Arizona University and the University of Phoenix. Mr. Thompson then worked with the Clark County Organizational Development Center, the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition, and the city of Las Vegas. He was deeply involved in his community and worked on behalf of abused and neglected children in the foster care system as a court-appointed special advocate for more than 17 years.
In 2013 Mr. Thompson was appointed to the 17th District seat of North Las Vegas, and his time in the Legislature was exceptionally impactful. He improved educational opportunities for all students and became known for his willingness to take on some of the hardest issues facing the state. He was dedicated to homeless youth, preventing employment discrimination against those with criminal convictions, and ending the school to prison pipeline. He worked to improve services at state-funded family resource centers and to increase graduation rates for students of color.
During his tenure as a State Assemblyman, Thompson served on several committees including Corrections, Parole, and Probation, Health and Human Services, and Judiciary. He also served on the Legislative Operations and Elections and Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining committees. Assemblyman Thompson was decorated with many awards during his tenure in the legislature, including the President Obama Volunteer Service Award, the NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet Award, the Outstanding Court Appointed Special Advocate Award, and the Distinguished Gentleman in Southern Nevada award.
Assemblyman Thompson was a passionate, kind soul with a radiant smile. There is no one who fought more tirelessly for Nevada’s students, teachers, and children, both legislatively and in his hands-on work mentoring youth.