John F. Kennedy High School (San Antonio)

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John F. Kennedy High School
John F. Kennedy High School.jpg
John F. Kennedy High School in 2003
1922 South General McMullen Drive
San Antonio, Texas
United States
Coordinates 29°23′45″N 98°33′26″W / 29.395705°N 98.55715°W / 29.395705; -98.55715Coordinates: 29°23′45″N 98°33′26″W / 29.395705°N 98.55715°W / 29.395705; -98.55715
Type Public secondary
Established August 1963
Oversight Edgewood Independent School District
Principal Zelene Aragon[1]
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1,187[2]
Campus Urban
Color(s) White and Green          
Athletics conference UIL Class AAAAA
Mascot Mighty Rocket
Newspaper Kennedy Profile

John F. Kennedy High School is a comprehensive public high school located in the Thompson Field area of San Antonio, Texas. It is a part of the Edgewood Independent School District of Bexar County, Texas, and is classified as a 5A school by the UIL.


The school opened in 1963.[3] President Kennedy visited San Antonio on November 21, 1963 and promised to return and dedicate the new John F. Kennedy High School, which was the first high school named in his honor.[4] He was assassinated in Dallas the following day.[4]


The school's mascot is a rocket in honor of President Kennedy's support of the U.S. Space Program. The school's colors are green and white due to President Kennedy's Irish heritage, green and white are 2 of 3 of Ireland's colors.

School Newspaper[edit]

In 2014, the school began a new student-run newspaper, the Kennedy Profile. The current staff consists of roughly 20 students, with 7 section editors and 2 executive editors. The paper has acknowledged the presence of social media in the 21st century, and can thus be found on multiple online social networks.

The Mighty Rocket Band[edit]

Trophies held by the Rocket Band are a 1st-place finish overall 4-A band in the Fredericksburgh Marching Competition also receiving first place for marching (October 2009), 2nd-place finish in the Northside Competition (September 2009), 1st Division UIL Concert/Sight Reading Contest (April 2007) (April 2010), 1st division UIL marching contest (November 2007)(November 2009), Region marching contest and a 3rd-place trophy at Drums Along the Medina Marching Competition (October 2006). The Mighty Rocket Band also participates in Fiesta Activities such as Battle of the Bands, The Battle of Flowers Parade, and Fiesta Flambeu Parade.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • John Garza (Class of 1973), Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 117 (2011 to 2013)
  • Heriberto Hernandez, one of seven Coast Guardsmen killed in action in Vietnam and recipient of the Bronze Star Medal for valor posthumously.


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