Captain David R “Chip” Herr, Jr. was born on April 4, 1962, in Oklahoma City. After attending Tanglewood Elementary School, Chip entered FWCD as a fourth-grader. Connie Herr, Chip's mother, taught math in the Middle School from 1984-1992. His sister, Sarah (Sally) Hollenbeck also attended FWCD.
While at FWCD, Chip was an excellent student and earned 11 varsity letters in cross country, soccer and baseball. In a Star-Telegram article, his mother said, “Chip was never the best player on the team, in some cases, far from it. I think the example is that whatever talents you have, you should use them to the best of your ability, regardless of how they stack up with anyone else’s gifts.” A highlight of his baseball career at FWCD was pitching under Coach Bob Minnerly at Ranger Stadium.
At FWCD, Chip enjoyed the reputation as an exceedingly bright and clever student, a great friend and a conscientious classmate.