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Harris Middle School

325 Pruitt Ave.
San Antonio, Texas  78204

Phone: (210) 228-1220
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ATTENDANCE IS VERY IMPORTANT!!
Did You Know???????????
If a student comes to school before or after a
Dr. appt AND the student brings a Dr. note within
48 hours then the time out of school will 
NOT be counted as an absence

For 2014-2015 ALL students will be
receiving
FREE BREAKFAST & LUNCH

BREAKFAST SERVED IN CLASSROOMS @ 8:30am
Don't Be Late!

Early Release on Friday, Oct. 24th
Middle School Releases at 1:15pm

SCHOOL ENDS at 4:00pm

ATTENDANCE IS VERY IMPORTANT!!
Did You Know???????????
If a student comes to school before or after a
Dr. appt AND the student brings a Dr. note within
48 hours then the time out of school will 
NOT be counted as an absence

For 2014-2015 ALL students will be
receiving FREE BREAKFAST & LUNCH

BREAKFAST SERVED IN CLASSROOMS @ 8:30am
Don't Be Late!

Early Release on Friday, Oct. 24th
Middle School Releases at 1:15pm

SCHOOL ENDS at 4:00pm


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History of Harris Academy PDF Print

History of Joel C. Harris Academy

Picture of the Author Joel Chandler Harris

Opened:

September 1923
 

Names of School Throughout the Years:

Joel Chandler Harris Junior School

Joel Chandler Harris Middle School

Joel Chandler Harris Academy


Mascots:

Rabbits then Hawks


Principals:

Mr. Frank Eakley (Sept. 1923 - Dec. 1923)

Mr. Otto A. Pfeiffer (Jan. 1924 - 1940)

Mr. Merrill Bishop (1940 - 1945)

Mr. Alfred Lehmberg (1945 - 1954)

Mr. R. K. Shafer (1954-1959)

Mr. FrankL. Whitehead (1959 - 1960)

Mr. Conrad T. Anderson (1960 - 1968)

Mr. Roy Dominguez (1968 - 1969)

Mr. Maurillio V. Ortiz (1969 - 1970)

Mr. Noe Camunez (1970 - 1974)

Mrs. Lucille Herndon (1974 - 1977)

Mr. Robert Lopez (1977 - 1985)

Mrs. Anna Garza (1985 - 1992)

Mrs. Sylvia O. Sanchez (1992 - 1995)

Mr. David Williams (1995 - 1998)

Mr. Abel Candia, Jr. (1998 - 2002)

Mr. Moises Ortiz (2002 - 2009 )

Mrs. Lourdes Correa (2009 - 2013)

Dr. Carol Velazquez (2013 - Present)


Honors Received:

2002 - Present Yearly Attendance Ranking 2nd Place (or higher)

13 Years Consecutive SAISD Golf Champions

2012 TEA Recognized Campus

2010 Sister Marie Armor (Science) Award

2003 - 2004 Peacemaker Award

2004 - 2005 SAISD Campus of the Year






Brief History:

Joel C. Harris Academy was named after the author Joel Chandler Harris (photo above) who is well known for his book named Uncle Remus about a rabbit named "Brer Rabbit". This book told stories about adventures this rabbit went on. Disney later adapted the "Brer Rabbit" character and some of the stories. History also tells that Joel Chandler Harris was a humorist guy.

Joel Chandler Harris Junior School, as it was originally named, was one of 7 junior/middle schools built  with a 2 million dollar bond that was approved June 20, 1922. The cost of the original building  was $156,784.02. The school opened with 6 classrooms.

The bond project was under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Jeremiah Rhodes. This bond project was part of the sweeping reorgainization of San Antonio schools. This reorganization brought about the 5-3-3 plan. This plan excited educational circles throughout the country.  The 5-3-3 plan reorgainzed education into 5 years of elementary school, 3 years of junior/middle school, and 3 years of senior/high school.

Joel C. Harris Junior School began operating in September 1923. However, the students attended classes at Briscoe Elementary down the street on S. Flores in the afternoons because the new building was not completed in time for the start of the 1923-1924 school year. Students and teachers began using the new school building in November 1923 under Principal Frank Eakley.

During the early 1940s under Principal Merrill Bishop the enrollment of the school grew to such an extent that temporary buldings became necessary. However, the enrollment continued to grow at such a rapid rate that San Antonio ISD established a junior school at Burbank High School. The District moved Harris's temporary buildings to Burbank along with a large number of Harris students.

During early 1950s Harris's student population became almost completely Latin American/Hispanics, which it has continued to be up to present time.

During the late 1950s under Principal R. K. Shafer, Harris's enrollment once again began to rapidly grow. However, this time SAISD did not add any temporary buildings. Instead SAISD opened a new school, James Fenimore Cooper Junior School, which relieved Harris's overcrowding. 

Shortly after the opening of Cooper, Harris had it's first major renovation which added a gymnasium. The new gymnasium proved  to be a very valuable addition to the school. 

In 1960 under Principal Frank L. Whitehead 2 major academic changes took effect for Harris Junior School. Principal Whitehead created the Pfeiffer Chapter of the Junior Honor Society. He also organized and help draw the plans for the addition of Harris's first Elective course - Crafts which began being offered September 1960.  

In 1968 Harris changed its' mascot from Harris Rabbits to the Harris Hawks. 

During the early 2000s under Principals Abel Candia, Jr. and Moises Ortiz Harris Middle School had a major renovation which more than double the campus size. Highlights of this renovation included: more than 40 new or remodeled classrooms, 2 new gyms and a football/soccer field were added, a bigger cafeteria and library were built, the old gym was converted to a Fine Arts bulding for Band, Orchestra, Choir, and Mariachi.

These renovations at Harris cost $19 million and were funded by the 1997 bond program under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Ruben D. Olovarez. The building size was increased to 129,417 square feet. 
The "new" Harris Middle School was dedicated on Saturday, October 23, 2004.

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