El Paso Independent School District

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The El Paso Independent School District (or EPISD) is the largest school districts serving El Paso, Texas (USA). Originally organized in 1883, it is currently the largest district in the Texas Education Agency's Educational Service Center (ESC) Region 19, as well as the largest district within the city of El Paso and El Paso County. The EPISD also provides public education to the children of U.S. Army soldiers stationed at Fort Bliss. The district headquarters are located in El Paso.[1]

In 2009, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.[2]

School Board (Board of Trustees)[edit]

The EPISD is managed by a school board (called the Board of Trustees) composed of seven publicly elected school board trustees and a single superintendent. Each trustee represents one of the seven districts in the EPISD.[3] Vernon Butler is interim superintendent of EPISD.[4]

In December 2012 the commission of the Texas Education Agency, Michael Williams, appointed a five-person board of managers and a conservator to oversee the district instead of the Board of Trustees, because the board failed to stop the cheating scandal conducted by previous superintendent Lorenzo Garcia and failed to fire his co-conspirators after he was arrested by the FBI in August 2011. The board of managers includes Ed Archuleta, Carmen Arrieta-Candelaria, Judy Castleberry, Blanca Enriquez, and Dee Margo.[5] Castleberry was also appointed as conservator. The board of managers can remain in power up to two years, although there are elections for trustees scheduled for 2013. The trustees are appealing this to the Department of Justice.[6]


  • More than 63,000 students.
  • 92 campuses.
  • With more than 9,000 employees, it is the largest employer in El Paso.
  • Covers more than 253 square miles (660 km2).
  • Estimated annual operating budget is $403-million.
  • Twelfth largest school district in Texas (as of 2016-2017)
  • 57th largest school district in the United States.


  • In 1882, El Paso Independent School District was established, with Joseph Magoffin, Samuel Freudenthal and Edward Pew as the founding trustees and Calvin W. Esterly as the first superintendent.[7][8]
  • In 1889, the first kindergarten ever established in Texas was established at Alamo Elementary School in the EPISD.
  • In 1916, the first high school in the EPISD was established: El Paso High School.
  • In 1927, Bowie High School was established to reduce overcrowding at El Paso High School by converting a grammar school built in 1923 in Central El Paso.[9]
  • In 1930, Austin High School was established as the third high school in the EPISD, admitting its first students following its construction in 1929.[10]
  • In 1949, Jefferson High School was established in Central El Paso[11]
  • In 1955, Burges High School was established in East El Paso.[12]
  • In 1959, Irvin High School was established in Northeast El Paso.[13]
  • In 1961, Andress High School was established in Northeast El Paso.
  • In 1962, Coronado High School was established in Northwest El Paso.[14]
  • In 1993, Franklin High School was established in Northwest El Paso.[15]
  • In 1999, the district's oldest operating school, Alamo Elementary School, celebrated its 100th birthday.
  • In 2000, Chapin High School was established in Northeast El Paso.[16]
  • In 2011, the district's superintendent Lorenzo Garcia was arrested by the FBI. He later pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud- he stole money from the district and also had high school principals illegally kick students out of school and illegally change 10th graders to being listed as members of other grades, in order to cheat on the state's standardized tests.[6]
  • In 2012, the district's board of trustees were stripped of power by the Texas Education Agency, and oversight of the district was given to a TEA-appointed board of managers, because the trustees failed to stop Garcia's wrongdoing and failed to fire his co-conspirators after he was arrested.[6]

List of schools[edit]

High schools[edit]

Middle schools[edit]

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Located in Central El Paso
    • Alta Vista Elementary School
    • Clendenin Elementary School
    • Coldwell Elementary School
    • Crockett Elementary School
    • Hillside Elementary School
    • Hughey Elementary School
    • Moreno Elementary School
    • Rusk Elementary School
    • Travis Elementary School
  • Located in East El Paso
    • Bonham Elementary School
    • Cielo Vista Elementary School
  • Located on Fort Bliss
    • Bliss Elementary School
    • Logan Elementary School
    • Milam Elementary School
    • Powell Elementary School
  • Located in Northeast El Paso
    • Barron Elementary School
    • Bradley Elementary School
    • Collins Elementary School
    • Crosby Elementary School
    • Dowell Elementary School
    • Fannin Elementary School
    • Lee Elementary School
    • Moye Elementary School
    • Newman Elementary School
    • Nixon Elementary School
    • Park Elementary School
    • Schuster Elementary School
    • Stanton Elementary School
    • Tom Lea Elementary School
    • Whitaker Elementary School
  • Located in West El Paso
    • Bond Elementary School
    • Green Elementary School
    • Guerrero Elementary School
    • Herrera Elementary School
    • Johnson Elementary School
    • Kohlberg Elementary School
    • Lundy Elementary School
    • Polk Elementary School
    • Putnam Elementary School
    • Rivera Elementary School
    • Roberts Elementary School
    • Tippin Elementary School
    • Western Hills Elementary School
    • White Elementary School
  • Located in South Central El Paso
    • Aoy Elementary School
    • Beall Elementary School
    • Burleson Elementary School
    • Clardy Elementary School
    • Cooley Elementary School
    • Douglass Elementary School
    • Hart Elementary School
    • Hawkins Elementary School
    • Zavala Elementary School
  • Located in West Central El Paso
    • Lamar Elementary School
    • Mesita Elementary School

Special campuses[edit]

  • Center For Career And Technical Education
  • Delta Academy
  • Occupational Center
  • Regional Day School For The Deaf
  • San Jacinto Adult Learning Center
  • Telles Academy
  • Transmountain Early College High School
  • Young Women's STEAM Research & Preparatory Academy

Former campuses[edit]

  • Alamo Elementary School (in South-Central El Paso; closed 2005; initially slated to reopen following renovations, but consolidated with Hart Elementary School in 2011)[19]
  • Burnet Elementary School (in Northeast El Paso; closed in 2018 due to declining enrollment)
  • Dudley Elementary School (replaced by Mesita Elementary School in 1948)
  • Highland Elementary School (replaced by Moreno Elementary School in 2000)
  • Houston Elementary School (in Central El Paso; closed in 2010 due to declining enrollment, now the Houston School of Choice, a continuation high school)
  • Jones Elementary School (in West-Central El Paso; closed and razed in 1972 along with the Smeltertown neighborhood it served and in which it was located)
  • Lincoln Elementary School (in South-Central El Paso; moved and reconfigured, now Lincoln Middle School)
  • Navarro Elementary School (given to the Mexican Government as part of the Chamizal Treaty in 1963. It is now UACJ in Cd. Juarez)
  • Roosevelt Elementary School (closed in 2006, consolidated with Aoy Elementary School)
  • San Jacinto Elementary School (closed in 1976, now San Jacinto Adult Learning Center)
  • Vilas Elementary School (closed in 2016, now a satellite campus of Mesita Elementary School, Mesita Early Childhood Development Center at Vilas, which serves prekindergarten to first grade

Dormant campuses[edit]

  • Wainwright Elementary School (in Northeast El Paso; mothballed since 2005; currently used as a science resource center)

Notable EPISD alumni[edit]

Other notables who have attended EPISD schools[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Contact the El Paso Independent School District Archived 2010-04-06 at the Wayback Machine.." El Paso Independent School District. Retrieved on March 28, 2010.
  2. ^ "2009 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 2015-10-25.
  3. ^ EPISD School Board Trustees Archived 2007-12-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
  6. ^ a b c http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_22174196/episd-votes-request-tea-review-commissioner-s-appointments?source=most_viewed[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ http://epcc.libguides.com/content.php?pid=309255&sid=2604812
  8. ^ http://epcc.libguides.com/content.php?pid=309255&sid=2604831
  9. ^ Bowie High School History Archived 2007-10-24 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Austin High School History
  11. ^ Jefferson High School History Archived 2008-05-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Burges Mustangs Alumni
  13. ^ Irvin High School History
  14. ^ Coronado High School
  15. ^ Franklin High School
  16. ^ Chapin High School TSA
  17. ^ Microsoft Word - list-2003.doc
  18. ^ a b c Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF)
  19. ^ http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_19090529[permanent dead link]
  20. ^ "Aulsondro Novelist Hamilton IMDB". Internet Movie Database. 2014.
  21. ^ "Aulsondro Novelist Hamilton Discography". Discogs.com. 2013.

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