Frenship High School grads meet after graduation, adopt Russian son

David Claybrook, left, Kami Claybrook and son, Jack, pose for a photo in front of St. Basil's Cathedral in the Red Square of Moscow.

David Claybrook, left, Kami Claybrook and son, Jack, pose for a photo in front of St. Basil's Cathedral in the Red Square of Moscow.


Two Frenship High School graduates never knew each other while in school together, but were introduced by mutual friends in college at Texas Tech University.

David and Kami Claybrook got together in 1998, two years after his graduation from FHS, and three years after hers.

“My roommate was dating her best friend. That’s how we met,” said David.

The couple married in 2001 and began an adoption process in August of 2007. Just over a year later, after dealing with two different agencies, they brought home Jack in November 2008. He is now 25 months old.

The couple went three times to Russia, including one trip to meet Jack for just an hour before the final trip when they brought him home. They adopted him from an orphanage in central Siberia, located in a rural area of eastern Russia.

“We just knew from the minute we saw him, he was meant for us,” said Kami. “We literally went to the ends of the earth for our baby.”

Kami said she and David were very impressed with the orphanage.

“It just was something totally different than what we thought. They really want to do the best for these children,” she said.

The couple said they were also impressed with the Russian people and were able to do some sightseeing while there, including a trip to Red Square in Moscow, where they toured St. Basil’s Cathedral.

“They never, never gave us a hard time about not knowing the language,” said Kami.

On the trip home, the couple took Jack to On The Border in Dallas for his first meal here.
“He loved it. It was like he was born to be a Texan,” she said.

Kami, who graduated from Texas Tech in 2001 with a degree in general studies and went back to get her teaching certificate, just returned to her position as a third-grade teacher at North Ridge Elementary School after being on maternal leave to settle Jack in since November.

David, who graduated from Texas Tech with a master’s degree in accounting in 2001, currently works for Stanley Auto Group in Brownfield, where he oversees the accounting of 10 stores.

David and Kami Claybrook pose in front of the Russian court where the adoption of their son, Jack, was finalized in December.

David and Kami Claybrook pose in front of the Russian court where the adoption of their son, Jack, was finalized in December.

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