Bowie Elementary is named after James "Jim" Bowie, a hero of the Battle of the Alamo. The old fortified mission in San Antonio, known as the Alamo, was the site of an important battle fought during the Texas Revolution, and Jim Bowie was one of the brave men who fought rather than surrender. The school mascot is the Braves.
In 1964, Bowie Elementary opened and served students in portable buildings, while the permanent building was under construction. On moving day students, parents, staff and teachers moved the materials from the portables to the new building. Mr. Bill Roach served as the first principal at Bowie and Mrs. Pat Farrar was the first school secretary.
Bowie Elementary has had five principals: Mr. Bill Roach, Mr. Joe Williams, Mr. Denzil Minyard, Mr. Chris Brown and Mrs. Anita Rangel. Mrs. Rangel retired in July, 2015. The current principal is Ms. Kim Callison.