John Jay High School (San Antonio)

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John Jay High School
7611 Marbach Road

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Coordinates29°25′06″N 98°38′22″W / 29.418348°N 98.63946°W / 29.418348; -98.63946Coordinates: 29°25′06″N 98°38′22″W / 29.418348°N 98.63946°W / 29.418348; -98.63946
TypePublic Secondary
School districtNorthside Independent School District
SuperintendentDr. Brian T. Woods
PrincipalJay Sumpter
Vice PrincipalVicki Guller
Academic DeanKrystle Abney
Assistant PrincipalBobby Baiza
Pete Pruneda
Daniel Mendoza
Enrollment3,058[1] (2017)
Color(s)Blue, silver, and white
Athletics conferenceUIL Class AAAAAA
Sports District28-6A
Feeder Middle SchoolsAnson Jones
E.M. Pease
Sam Rayburn
Feeder Elementary SchoolsCable
John Glenn
Lackland City
Mary Hull
Meadow Village
Valley Hi
Westwood Terrace

John Jay High School is a public high school in the Northside Independent School District of San Antonio, Texas (United States), which generally serves the northwest portion of the city.


All high schools in the Northside Independent School District (NISD) are named for US Supreme Court Justices, and the first Supreme Court Chief Justice was John Jay. John Jay High also contains a magnet school, the John Jay Science and Engineering Academy.[2]

Student Locator Project[edit]

On October 1, 2012, the high school and Anson Jones Middle School began the controversial "Student Locator Project."[3] Students were required to wear school IDs embedded with RFID microchips at all times. Student Andrea Hernandez was suspended from the school for refusing to wear the badge for religious reasons, linking it to the "mark of the beast" in the biblical book of Revelation.[4] The Rutherford Institute filed a suit on behalf of Hernandez, and on November 21, 2012, a judge tentatively blocked the suspension.[5] Hernandez was expelled from the school in January 2013. In July 2013, she was allowed to re-enter the school, which had abandoned the RFID project.[4]


In 2017, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency, with a 3-Star Distinction for Academic Achievements in Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.[6]


The Jay Mustangs compete in these sports:[7]


  • 2002 5A State Champions in Boys' Basketball[8]
  • 1991 5A State Champions in Girls' Volleyball[9]

2015 football incident[edit]

On September 4, 2015, the athletic program attracted national attention after a game in which two players, identified as Victor Rojas and Michael Moreno,[10] drove into the back of umpire Robert Watts during the final moments of the event.[11][12] Rojas was ejected from the game and both were suspended from the team the next day. The two players were later suspended from school and an assistant coach, Mack Breed, who may have provoked the incident, was also suspended. The incident made national news.[13] Breed admitted to ordering the hit, although he later recanted the statement. He resigned that same month.[10][14] He later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault. Part of his sentencing included permanently surrendering his teaching license.[15]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Scott Ankrom (Class of 1984) — Former NFL wide receiver. Played one season for the Dallas Cowboys.[16]
  • Clarissa Davis (Class of 1985) — Former NCAA basketball All-American and two-time Naismith National Player of the Year. Olympic and women's professional basketball standout. Inducted into The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.[17]
  • Wallace B. Jefferson (Class of 1981) — Former Chief Justice, and first African American justice on the Supreme Court of Texas, 2004-2013.[18]
  • Mickey Mahler (Class of 1970) — Former Major League pitcher. Played six seasons for three teams.[19]
  • Rick Mahler (Class of 1971) — Former Major League pitcher. Played thirteen seasons for four teams, primarily the Atlanta Braves.[20]
  • Sammy Morris (Class of 1995) — Former NFL running back. Played 12 seasons for four teams.[21]
  • Gina Ortiz Jones Iraq war veteran and Texas politician.
  • Bo Outlaw (Class of 1989) — Former NBA basketball player. Played 15 seasons for five teams.[22]
  • Josh Reynolds (Class of 2013) — Current NFL wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams[23][24]
  • Chris Ross (Class of 2003) — Current professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association.[25] As a junior, sank a 50-foot half-court buzzer-beater to give Jay the 2002 Class 5A state basketball championship.[26]
  • Yolanda Saldívar — Convicted murderer of Latin music superstar Selena, and currently serving a life sentence in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.[27] Saldivar attended, but did not graduate from Jay.
  • Demetria Sance (Class of 1995) — Former Olympic volleyball player[28]
  • Scott Thomas (Class of 1982) — Former All-American college football player (defensive back) at the Air Force Academy; elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross as a USAF F-16 combat pilot in Desert Storm.[29]


  1. ^ UIL 2018-2020 Reclassification and Realignment
  2. ^ Northside ISD Namesakes John Jay High School
  3. ^ "Students at Texas school forced to wear RFID tracking badges". Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Tracking system called "mark of the beast" by student dropped in San Antonio". Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  5. ^ "US student suspended for refusing to wear school-issued tracker". Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  6. ^ "TEA 2017 Accountability Reports". Texas Education Agency. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  7. ^ The Athletics Department
  8. ^ UIL Boys Basketball State Archives 2001-2002
  9. ^ UIL Girls Volleyball State Archives 1991-1992
  10. ^ a b "Assistant Mack Breed told John Jay principal he ordered ref hits in anger". ESPN. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  11. ^ Texas school district suspends players after referee hit
  12. ^ School district suspends football players for targeting referee
  13. ^ Montgomery, David (2015-09-12). "Body Blow on Texas Referee Shakes School and Sport". New York TimesReuters. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  14. ^ "John Jay assistant coach Mack Breed, accused of ordering hit on ref, resigns". ESPN. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Former John Jay coach pleads guilty in assault on blindsided official; charges against players to come". USA Today. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  16. ^ "Scott Ankrom". Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  17. ^ "NCAA Women's Basketball's Finest (PDF)" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  18. ^ "Texas Supreme Court's first African-American justice resigning". Reuters. 2013-09-03. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  19. ^ "Mickey Mahler at Baseball". BASEBALL REFERENCE.COM. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  20. ^ "Rick Mahler". BASEBALL REFERENCE.COM. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  21. ^ "Sammy Morris". Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  22. ^ "Bo Outlaw". Basketball Retrieved June 24, 2013.
  23. ^ "Josh Reynolds Player Profile at". NFL. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  24. ^ "How Texas A&M WR Josh Reynolds Went From Overlooked to One of the Best Receivers in the 2017 NFL Draft". STACK. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  25. ^ "Chris Ross". Philippine Basketball Association. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  26. ^ Chan, Lorne (2010-03-04). "Jay star Ross still living the dream". Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  27. ^ Offender Information Detail Saldivar, Yolanda Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved 2018-02-15
  28. ^ "Longhorn legends: Volleyball Hall of Honor inductee Demetria Sance". 2007-10-11. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  29. ^ "Scott Thomas". Retrieved 2013-08-01.

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