James "Nikki" Rowe High School

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James "Nikki" Rowe High School
2101 North Ware Road
McAllen, Texas, USA
Coordinates 26°13′38″N 98°15′37″W / 26.22722°N 98.26028°W / 26.22722; -98.26028Coordinates: 26°13′38″N 98°15′37″W / 26.22722°N 98.26028°W / 26.22722; -98.26028
Type Public high school
Motto "Warriors Till' the End"
Established 1990
School district McAllen Independent School District
Principal Bridgette Vieh
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 4200+
Campus Urban
Color(s) Green and Gold         
Mascot Warrior
Nickname Nikki Rowe

James "Nikki" Rowe High School is one of three high schools and the only T. E. A. recognized high school serving the McAllen, Texas area as a part of the McAllen Independent School District. It houses over 4,200 students from grades 9-12. The school originally opened in 1990, its current location is 2101 North Ware Road McAllen, Texas, USA. The school colors are green and gold and the mascot is the warrior. All athletic teams compete in the UIL District 31-5A.[1]

Nikki Rowe High School[edit]

Nikki Rowe High School was the newest addition to the McAllen Independent School District. Nikki Rowe High School was established in 1990 as a ninth grade center, and in 1992 became a class 5A high school. Rowe High School courses include: Advanced Placement, Honors Courses, College Preparatory Courses, and regular level courses. Nikki Rowe High School was the first in McAllen to establish the ACE program—A Chance to Excel. Rowe also offers the Quest program—a search for success, and Project Stay in School.[2] In, 2010 Nikki Rowe High School was officially recognized by Texas Education Agency, for surpassing state mandate requirement as a 30 5A District campus.

James Nicolas Rowe[edit]

Five Years to Freedom by then Major James N. Rowe

James Nicholas "Nikki" Rowe (February 8, 1938 – April 21, 1989) was born in McAllen, Texas to Lee Delavan and Florence (Survillo) Rowe. He grew up in McAllen and graduated from McAllen High School in 1956 before leaving for the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Rowe graduated from West Point in 1960 and became a United States Army officer and later one of only thirty-four American prisoners of war to escape captivity during the Vietnam War.[3] Colonel Rowe was credited with developing the rigorous Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) training program taught to high-risk military personnel (such as Special Forces and aircrews) and the U.S. military doctrine which institutionalizes these techniques and principles to be followed by captured personnel.[4] By February 1989, Colonel Rowe had acquired intelligence information which indicated that the communists were planning a major terrorist act. He warned Washington that a high-profile figure was about to be assassinated and that he himself was second or third on the assassination list. At around 7:00 in the morning of April 21, 1989, as he was being driven to work at the Joint U.S. Military Advisory Group headquarters in an armored limousine, Colonel Rowe's vehicle was hit by gunfire. May 2, 1989 Rowe was buried in Section 48 of Arlington National Cemetery. In honor of Col. James Nicholas Rowe's valiant bravery the City of McAllen named a high school after him.


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  1. ^ "Rowe High School - Index". Rowe.mcallenisd.org. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
  2. ^ "Nikki Rowe High School Home Page". Mws.mcallen.isd.tenet.edu. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
  3. ^ Michael Robert Patterson. "James Nicholas Rowe, Colonel, United States Army". Arlingtoncemetery.net. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
  4. ^ "James N. Rowe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". En.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 

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