Juarez-Lincoln High School
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|Juarez-Lincoln High School|
|7801 W. Mile 7 Line
Mission, Texas 78574
|School type||Public, High School|
|School district||La Joya ISD|
|Enrollment||2143 (2012 UIL Realignment)|
|Color(s)||Red and Silver|
|Feeder schools||Ann Richards Middle School
Domingo Trevino Middle School
Dr. Javier Saenz Middle School
Juan De Dios Salinas Middle School
|Rival schools||La Joya High School
Palmview High School
Benito Juarez-Abraham Lincoln High School is a Texas UIL Class 5A high school in the La Joya Independent School District named after two iconic presidents: Benito Juarez of Mexico, and Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States. The school is home to students that live on the central and north side of La Joya ISD.
La Joya ISD had been home to a single high school entity since the district (then known as Tabasco ISD) erected Nellie Schunior Memorial High School in 1926, six years after the death of Nellie Leo Schunior, the first education pioneer in the district's current boundaries.
La Joya High School was later created, in order to house the growing number of students that Nellie Schunior Memorial High School could not accommodate. As the years rapidly passed, the communities within the district boundaries began to flourish, and the district population exploded. La Joya High School, being the sole high school within the 226 square miles (590 km2) of land, grew to enormous proportions. For many decades, La Joya High School housed 9-12 grades. Eventually, the student population grew too much and a separate Ninth Grade Campus was built adjacent to La Joya High School. This campus proved to be too small for the 1500 freshman class by the year 2000, so a larger and brand new Ninth Grade Campus was built behind the existing campus, opening its doors to students in October 2000.
As the Freshman Class of 2000 was housed at the brand new Ninth Grade Campus, the remodeling project to expand the old Ninth Grade Campus went underway. By the year 2002, La Joya ISD was home to three high schools, but still only had one senior class, as all three campuses (conveniently located next to each other in a triangle) shared students. La Joya High School became known as La Joya Senior High School (housing only 11th and 12th graders), the newer Ninth Grade Campus changed its name to Juarez-Lincoln High School (housing half of the 9th and 10th grade students), and the newly remodeled old Ninth Grade Campus became Jimmy Carter High School (housing the other half of the 9th and 10th grade students).
Once again, population spurts in western Hidalgo County helped to overcrowd all three high schools. La Joya ISD had no choice but to split the district into three separate high schools, and for the first time ever, have multiple senior classes, multiple sports teams, and multiple mascots. The 2008-2009 school year became the inaugural year for both the Juarez-Lincoln Huskies and the Palmview Lobos. With a much smaller student population, Juarez-Lincoln High School was classified as a 4A school, but Palmview High School, with a student population parallel with La Joya High School, was classified as a 5A school.
Juarez-Lincoln High School history
Juarez-Lincoln High School opened its official doors to its student population in January 2011. The school had been housed at the old campus from August 2008 through December 2010. This new state-of-the-art campus with modern amenities and a stellar design, is the pride and joy of the community. The staff and administration at JLHS strive to provide a community where all students and families feel welcome, where they may grow as individuals and become productive members of society upon graduation.
The Juarez-Lincoln Huskies are members of the 30-5A classification of the University Interscholastic League for all athletic, academic, and music competitions. The school offers athletic programs in:
- Cross Country
- Special Olympics
- Swimming and Diving
- Track and Field
The Juarez-Lincoln High School Fine Arts Department is a large department, where the majority of the student population participates in. Many accolades have been awarded to these top-performing groups.
The Department Chair is Clarita Fajutag.
- Clarita Fajutag, Director
- Zynahia Montemayor-Banda, Director of Bands
- Mark Chapa, Assistant Director
- Jesus Perez, Assistant Director
- Francisco Rios, Assistant Director
- Joshua Watkins, Director
Grupo Folklorico Sol Azteca
- Daisy Garza, Director
- Jesus Garza, Director
- James Edwards, Director
Silver Stars Drill Team
- Erika Gutierrez, Director
Top Hat Theatre Company
- Gabriel Arriaga, Director
Juarez-Lincoln High School's school song, "Alma Mater", uses the music of La Joya High School's original Alma Mater. The words to the song were written by the Student Council.
Juarez-Lincoln High School's fight song uses Texas A&M's "Aggie War Hymn".