Montwood High School

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Montwood High School
12000 Montwood Drive
El Paso, Texas

United States
Coordinates31°45′45″N 106°16′36″W / 31.76245°N 106.27653°W / 31.76245; -106.27653Coordinates: 31°45′45″N 106°16′36″W / 31.76245°N 106.27653°W / 31.76245; -106.27653
MottoWhere Excellence Abounds
School districtSocorro Independent School District.
PrincipalCarlos Guerra
Enrollment2,617 (2015-16)[1]
Color(s)Kelly Green, Royal Blue         
MascotRocky the Ram

Montwood High School is a four-year public high school located in the East El Paso area of El Paso, Texas, United States. It is a part of the Socorro Independent School District.

The school was completed in 1989, just in time for the 1990/1991 school year. The school was opened serving grades 7, 8, 9, 10 and would gain a grade/lose a grade until the first graduating class of 1993. Montwood has many academic programs such as Advanced Placement, Dual Credit, MASI (Montwood Advanced Studies Institute), REC (Rams Early College), and Synergy. Montwood was named a 1997-98 National Blue Ribbon School.[2]


In August 1990, Montwood High School opened with Art Shaw serving as principal. Faculty and staff began teaching in 1990. Montwood High School first opened with grades 7,8,9,10 the first school senior did not graduate until 1993. Montwood High School was built to hold a total of 2,200 student’s. In 1993, Montwood implements their first year-round program, not many Texas school offer this program. Montwood administration, faculty, and staff students have been accredited with the southern association of college and schools. In August 1991, Montwood took a big technological step by implementing televisions in every classroom for morning and afternoon announcements. From 1994 to 1997 Montwood High School was labeled as a Mentor school. In 1994, Montwood High School reached an enrollment of 2,690 students. To accommodate the new students, the school built five portables and 26 teachers were hired on to the education staff. Montwood also received a new principal David Del Toro, in August 1995. Ken Bailey and Ralph were also added to the Montwood High School administration as assistant principals. In 1997, Montwood High School department of education was recognized at a national level. They were labeled a National Blue ribbon school. From that day on, Montwood High School received the title "Montwood High School where excellence abounds". In 2004, Juni Mathews became the new principal of Montwood High School. She also brought in two new assistant principals, Bobbi Abdo and Kim Baxter. In August 2005, Derrick Brown became a Montwood High School assistant principal. The following year Patricia Cuevas also became a Montwood High School assistant principal."[3] In November 2014, the Montwood High School Speech and Debate team won its first ever Sweepstakes award at the Eastwood High school TFA Qualifier tournament


Montwood consists of three main buildings and one separate career and technology building. The "A" Building, which is shaped like two joined lower-case "t's" is the primary academic building where the majority of classes are held. It consists of three floors, with the first floor housing the theatre, library, administrative offices, cafeteria and the Commons. The second floor contains more classrooms and a mezzanine which surrounds and overlooks the commons below. The third floor only contains classrooms.

The "B" building houses the campus's two gyms: the main Tony Harper Gymnasium (formerly the Green Gym), and the auxiliary Blue Gym. The majority of classes held here are in the fine Arts, such as choir, band, dance, and orchestra, as well as health and physical education classes and most of the sports locker rooms. The building is two floors, with two areas adjacent to each gym overlooking the basketball courts.

The "C" Hall, or Sky-Walk, is the second-floor hallway with eight classrooms that joins the A and B buildings together. Students can enjoy the shade and occasional breeze that is created in the breezeway underneath the Sky-Walk.

The new Career and Technology building houses the school's cosmetology class, along with a fully functional kitchen and dining area for culinary arts, a new athletic training room, weight room, electrical trades, and a girls' locker room.

Like the other high schools in the Socorro Independent School District, there is no stadium located on campus. Track and swim Meets and soccer and football games are played at the SISD Student Activities Complex.


In August 1995, the MHS NJROTC (Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) was labeled by the chief of Naval Education and Training for being one of the top 10% out of the 85 western US schools.[4]


In December 1994, Montwood's varsity cross country team won its first district 2-5A Championship. In 2000, football running back Robert Rodriguez signed to the University of Texas-El Paso, the first football athlete in school history that signed to a division-one university. He later became an Assistant Coach at UTEP coaching the linebackers, safeties, and special teams. Rodriguez has since joined the football staff of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League as the Assistant Defensive Line Coach. In 2006, football running back Edward Britton signed to Texas Tech University. In 2009, two Montwood athletes signed to Division I universities, offensive lineman Jake Swenson to New Mexico State, while sprinter Chris Muncie signed to Arkansas. On June 28, 2011, another Montwood athlete signed to a Division I university. Elijah James Britton signed to Clemson University to run track and field. Montwood Cheer is the only team in El Paso to have ever won a National Cheerleading Association title (2007). In March 2009, Montwood’s cheer squad participated in the American Showcase National Cheer-Off. Cheer received second place in the varsity large squad division. Cheer also participated in Jamfest in 2009 placing first in their division in San Antonio. In January 2010, cheer participated in the Battle of the Sun City placing first, with the best use of tumbling. This was Montwood's third consecutive win in the Battle of the Sun City Cheer competition. In February 2010, cheer also competed in the Americas Cup, placing first in their division. They also received the judges' choice award. At this competition, they won their 2nd consecutive Americas Cup cheer win. In April 2011, cheer participated in the Redline Cheer and Dance competition. They received first in the large varsity squad division. In 2013, Montwood had its first girls UIL State Champion in the sport of wrestling, accomplished by Natalia Hinojo.In 2018, Montwood had its first boys UIL State Champion in the sport of wrestling, accomplished by Tereus Henry, and a second state placer for the girls accomplished by Esther Walker who finished 4th at the state tournament. The following year in 2019, Esther Walker would go on to improve from last year's 4th place finish to become now the second female UIL State Champion in the sport of wrestling, and teammates Tereus Henry and Cassandra Favela both earned 2nd and 6th place finishes respectfully all in the 6A division. [5][6]

Test scores[edit]

In 2009-2010 the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skill (TAKS) was used to test Montwood student in Math, Science, English and Social Studies. In 2010 9th graders had an 85% pass rate in Math and a 90% pass rate for English. Grade 10 had a 70% pass rate for Math a75 % pass rate for science and a 95% pass rate for Social Studies. For grade 11 there was a 95% pass rate for English, a 90% a 90% pass rate in Math and a 95% pass rate in Social Studies[7]


In 2011 Montwood had an enrollment of 790 freshmen, 600 sophomores, 600 juniors and 600 seniors.[8]

Teaching rate[edit]

Total number of teachers- 114 Average teacher rating – 3.7 Schools Rating- 445[9]

Student ethnicity[edit]

  • Caucasian- -10%
  • Hispanic -90%
  • African American-0%
  • Asian American-0%
  • Native American-0% [10]


In January 2003, over 1,000 students walked out of class in protest of the district-wide change from a traditional eight-period schedule to a block schedule.[11] The then-peaceful protest turned into what was later called a riot when the El Paso Police and SWAT teams demanded that the students return to class. When the students were slow to mobilize, the officers began to push the students towards the building, causing some students to retaliate with rocks and water bottles.[12] Ultimately, several students and some teachers were arrested. The school was placed under lockdown for the remainder of the school day, though many students had left it within minutes of the riot's beginning. The riot made its way to The New York Times due to police brutality controversies.[13] The school district eventually made the changes, and has used block scheduling until 2012.


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  2. ^ "Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 26, 2009.
  3. ^ "History of Montwood High School". History of Montwood High School. Retrieved November 2, 2011.
  4. ^ "History of Montwood high school". History of Montwood high school. Retrieved 11/1/11. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ Felix Chavez (June 28, 2011). "Montwood High star says he will run for Clemson". El Paso Times. Archived from the original on July 31, 2012. Retrieved November 3, 2011.
  6. ^ "El Paso Times". El Paso Times. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
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  11. ^ " El Paso, Las Cruces - Weather, News, Sports - Students riot at Montwood". Archived from the original on 2007-08-10. Retrieved 2007-08-08.
  12. ^ Texas high school protest turns into riot - News Archived October 25, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "National Briefing". The New York Times. January 30, 2003.

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