Thomas Jefferson High School (San Antonio)
|Thomas Jefferson High School|
Thomas Jefferson High School in 2012
In omni uno
|723 Donaldson Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78201
|School type||Public, High School|
|School district||San Antonio ISD|
|Teaching staff||113.29 (FTE)|
|Student to teacher ratio||16.14|
|Color(s)||Red, White and Blue
Thomas Jefferson High School
Location in Texas
|Architectural style||Mission/Spanish Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||83003093|
|Added to NRHP||September 22, 1983|
|Designated||June 29, 1983|
Thomas Jefferson High School is a public high school in San Antonio, Texas (United States) and is one of ten high schools in the San Antonio Independent School District. Completed in 1932 at a cost of $1,250,000, it was the third high school built in the city. In 2015, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.
- 1 History
- 2 Campus and architecture
- 3 Recognition
- 4 TJHS Historical Preservation Society
- 5 Demographics
- 6 Student life
- 7 Athletics
- 8 Notable alumni
- 9 References
- 10 Notes
- 11 External links
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The SAISD school board paid $94,588.75 to buy "Spanish Acres," a 32-acre (13 ha) property, to develop the third high school in San Antonio. Construction began in the fall of 1930 and ended in January 1932. It was built for over $1,250,000.
Campus and architecture
The school was designed by the company Adams and Adams. The entrance has two towers of different heights and is designed in the Baroque style. The towers are topped with silver. The school uses wrought-iron balconies and Spanish-tiled roofing. The school has two courtyards, both landscaped, bordered by portales. One courtyard has a hexagonal pond with decorative tiling. Hannibal and Eugene Pianta, an Italian immigrant and his son, decorated the main entrance columns and balconies with cast-stone ornamentation. Jay C. Henry, the author of Architecture in Texas: 1895-1945, stated that the architecture is similar to that of Lubbock High School.
In 1938 the school had an armory, a cafeteria, a drill ground, two gymnasiums, and a theater.
A music facility and the East Wing, a three-story addition, were built at a later time.
In 1983 Jefferson was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1995, it was included in the Local Historic District by the City of San Antonio. In 2010, Jefferson was selected as Grammy Signature Award Winner.
TJHS Historical Preservation Society
The Thomas Jefferson High School Historical Preservation Society is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
The Society's stated mission is:
- Preserve and conserve the historic exterior and notable interior spaces of the Thomas Jefferson High School, 723 Donaldson Avenue, San Antonio, Texas.
- Preserve and conserve historic memorabilia and artifacts that are of significance to the present.
- Educate the community about the significance of Thomas Jefferson High School as a San Antonio Historic Landmark and as a Texas Historic Landmark listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The demographic breakdown of the 1,829 students enrolled in 2012-2013 was:
- Male - 52.7%
- Female - 47.3%
- Native American/Alaskan - 0.1%
- Asian/Pacific islanders - 0.2%
- Black - 2.1%
- Hispanic - 95.4%
- White - 2.1%
- Multiracial - 0.1%
86.6% of the students were eligible for free or reduced lunch.
In 1938 the school had 2,394 students. At the time over 60% of the students were scheduled to matriculate to universities and colleges. In addition there were 89 teachers, including 56 female teachers. The student-teacher ratio at the time was 25 to 1.
In 1938 the ROTC had 33 student officers, all male; each were allowed to choose a female student to accompany him.
As of 1938 the "Lassos" were made up of 150 female students.
The Jefferson Mustangs compete in the following sports: 
- Cross Country
- Swimming and Diving
- Track and Field
- Corky Nelson, Football Coach, University of North Texas
- Tommy Nobis, All American
- Gabriel Rivera, All American
- Kyle Rote, All American
Arts and entertainment
- Holly Dunn, Country Music Artist
- Chris Pérez, Grammy Award Winning Artist
- Gilbert Velasquez, Multi-Grammy Award Winning Music Producer
- John Silber, President, Boston University
- John Frederick, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, University of Texas at San Antonio (2008–Present)
- John H. Wood, Jr. (deceased), Federal Judge
- Ed Garza, former Mayor of the City of San Antonio
- Julian Castro, United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, former Mayor of the City of San Antonio
- Joaquin Castro, United States House of Representatives
- John W. Goode (deceased) (Class of 1939), lawyer and Republican political figure of the 1950s and 1960s
- Leticia Van de Putte, former Texas state senator
- Lt. Col. Robert G. Cole (deceased), a Commander in the Invasion of Normandy, World War II, Medal of Honor recipient; Cole High School is named for him
- Major Gen. Alfred Valenzuela, commanded the U.S. Army South (USARSO) at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico.
- Aaron Cohen, former NASA Deputy Director
- Robert Floyd Curl, Jr., Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996
- William E. Moerner, Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2014
- Henry, Jay C. Architecture in Texas: 1895-1945. University of Texas Press, 1993. ISBN 0292730721, 9780292730724.
- "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Jefferson H S". ed.gov. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
- National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "History of Thomas Jefferson High School". Thomas Jefferson High School Historical Preservation Society.
- "2015 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency.
- "School History." Thomas Jefferson High School. Retrieved on September 13, 2016.
- Guzman, René A. (2012-06-23). "Cityscape: Thomas Jefferson High School". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
- Henry, p. 178.
- Henry, p. 177.
- "One American High School: The Thomas Jefferson of San Antonio." Life. Time, Inc., March 7, 1938. Vol. 4, No. 10. ISSN 0024-3019. Start: p. 22. CITED: p. 22.
- "National Register of Historic Places - State Listing". National Park Service.
- "List of Local Landmarks" (PDF). City of San Antonio.
- "TJHS HPS: Thomas Jefferson High School Historical Preservation Society - Home". tjhshps.org. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
- "One American High School: The Thomas Jefferson of San Antonio." Life. Time, Inc., March 7, 1938. Vol. 4, No. 10. ISSN 0024-3019. Start: p. 22. CITED: p. 26.
- "One American High School: The Thomas Jefferson of San Antonio." Life. Time, Inc., March 7, 1938. Vol. 4, No. 10. ISSN 0024-3019. Start: p. 22. CITED: p. 23.
- "One American High School: The Thomas Jefferson of San Antonio." Life. Time, Inc., March 7, 1938. Vol. 4, No. 10. ISSN 0024-3019. Start: p. 22. CITED: p. 25.
- The Athletics Department
- The University of Texas at San Antonio, Web and Multimedia Services - 2010. "Bio - John Frederick - UTSA Provost - UTSA - The University of Texas at San Antonio". utsa.edu. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
- "The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014 - Press Release". nobelprize.org. Retrieved 2 September 2015.