Moisés E. Molina High School

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Moisés E. Molina High School
Location
2355 Duncanville Road
Dallas, TX 75211

Information
Type Public, Secondary
Motto Pride and Excellence in Education.[1]
School district Dallas Independent School District
Principal Mark Ramirez[1]
Faculty 150[1]
Grades 9-12
Number of students 2,007[2]
Color(s) Black and Teal[1]          
Mascot Jaguars[1]
Trustee dist.  6, Carla Ranger[3]
Area   6, James Ponce[4]
Website

Moisés E. Molina High School is a public secondary school in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas (USA). Molina High School is part of the Dallas Independent School District. It serves students from parts of southwestern Dallas and parts of Cockrell Hill.


The school opened in August 1997 across Duncanville Road from Mountain View College, a community college operated by the Dallas County Community College District.

The school is named for Moisés E. Molina, a musician and retired Dallas ISD teacher. He attended the University of Texas at Arlington and North Texas State University. From Molina's writings:

On Nov. 8, 1947, I became the newest citizen of McAllen, Texas. I was child number five to my parents, three brothers, and one sister. Church was the central activity in my family, and it was in church that I discovered my love for music. At the age of six, I was in piano classes, and I kept studying music all through school.

Music was my love, but teaching did not enter my thoughts until high school. Many teachers have lengthy explanations about why they chose teaching as a career. I know exactly why and when I decided to teach. The assistant band director at my high school cared about me. Watching him at work, I decided to be like him. I believe all teachers pursue the profession because of a role model. One of my biggest challenges has been to be the kind of role model that my favorite teacher was.

Extracurriculars[edit]

The school used to have the Ballet Folklórico Jaguara, an extracurricular dance program.[5] In August 2001, the program was featured in Texas Dance Magazine.[6]

The school also has the Jaguar Marching Band, Choir, Mariachi, Orchestra, Dance Company, Cheerleading, the Rosettes (Drill Team), etc.


The attendance rate for students at the school is 92%, in contrast to a state average of 96%. 80% of the students at Molina are economically disadvantaged, 7% are enrolled in special education, 9% are enrolled in gifted and talented programs, and 22% are considered to be "limited English proficient."[7]

The ethnic makeup of the school is 89% Hispanic American, 9% African American, 1% White, non-Hispanic, 1% Asian/Pacific Islander American, and less than 1% American Indian/Alaskan Native.[7]

The average class sizes at Molina are 23 students for English, 23 for foreign language, 23 for mathematics, 28 for science, and 22 for social studies.[7]

Teachers at the school carry, on average, 10 years of teaching experience and 9% of the teachers on staff are first-year teachers.[7]

Notable Alumni[edit]

Sharmisa Garner - Contestant on the 2nd season of For the Love of Ray J

Feeder patterns[edit]

As of 2006, L. V. Stockard and part of W.E Greiner and T.W Browne are the middle schools that feeds into Molina.[8]

The five elementary schools (all PK-6) that feed into Molina are Mary McLeod Bethune, Arturo Salazar, L.P. Cowart, Celestrino Mauricio Soto Jr. Elementary School.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Dallas ISD - Moisés E. Molina High School. Retrieved 4 October 2006.
  2. ^ Texas Education Agency - School Directory - type in school number "057905006" and select "view report." Retrieved 4 October 2006.
  3. ^ Dallas ISD - Schools by Trustee. (PDF). Retrieved 4 October 2006.
  4. ^ Dallas ISD - Schools by Area. (PDF). Retrieved 4 October 2006.
  5. ^ Folklorico Jaguara - Jaguara History. Retrieved 4 October 2006.
  6. ^ FindArticles.com - High School Dancers Step Into Culture And Confidence - Ballet Folklórico Jaguara at Moisés E. Molina High School, Texas. Retrieved 4 October 2006.
  7. ^ a b c d Great Schools - Moisés E. Molina High School - Dallas, Texas. Information originally from the Texas Education Agency. Retrieved 4 October 2006.
  8. ^ Dallas ISD - 2006 School Feeder Patterns - Moisés E. Molina High School. Retrieved 4 October 2006.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 32°43′23″N 96°54′39″W / 32.723088°N 96.910709°W / 32.723088; -96.910709