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SAISD celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

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Teachers and students across the District have begun celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), which is dedicated to recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture and achievements of the United States. Send us your photos! We will be updating this slide show with 2023 photos throughout the month. Schools may submit their photos here. 


2023 Hispanic Heritage Month Resources 

Hispanic Heritage Month fromThe Library of Congress

Latinx-Hispanic Heritage Month Choice Board 

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the San Antonio Public Library

Hispanic Heritage Month from the National Archives

Hispanic Heritage Month Resources from the Smithsonian Latino Center

Hispanic Heritage Month from PBS

Are You Ready to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? From Learning for Justice

Hispanic Heritage and the History of the United States from the National Endowment for the Humanities

5 Teacher Resources for Hispanic American Heritage Month from Facing History and Ourselves


Hispanic Heritage in San Antonio ISD
Numerous SAISD campuses are named for influential Hispanic Americans. Here are some of their stories.

Tafolla Middle School
Fidel L. Tafolla was once the principal of Lanier High School and an educational innovator in SAISD. Born in Mexico.

Barkley-Ruiz Elementary School
David Barkley - born in Laredo to a Mexican-American mother and Anglo father, Barkley served in the U.S. Army during the Great War. The U.S. Army’s first Hispanic Medal of Honor recipient.

Jose Ruiz - born in San Antonio, Ruiz was a soldier, educator and politician. He was the first schoolmaster of San Antonio in 1803.

Carvajal Elementary School
Esther Perez Carvajal - a descendant of one of the original Canary Island settlers of San Antonio, she worked first a teacher, and then headed the Spanish (now Bilingual) Department for SAISD. Carvajal made significant contributions to the advancement of bilingual education.

De Zavala Elementary School
Lorenzo de Zavala - from the Mexican Yucatan, De Zavala was a physician turned politician and diplomat. He helped write the Mexican Constitution early in his career, before becoming an advocate of Texas independence and helping draft the Constitution of the Republic of Texas.

Margil Elementary School
Antonio Margil - a Spanish Missionary who founded Mission San Jose, Margil was born in Valencia, Spain. He died in Mexico City.

Rodriguez Montessori
Cleto L. Rodriguez - a Mexican American soldier who served in both the U.S. Army and Air Force, Rodriguez was awarded the Medal of Honor of his contributions during WWII. Born in San Marcos, TX, he lived most of his life was in San Antonio. He is an alumnus of the elementary school which now bears his name. He is buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Gonzales Early Childhood Education Center
Rafael Gonzales - governor of Coahuila and Texas, Gonzales was born in San Fernando de Bexar (San Antonio). He served in the military and joined the Mexican independence movement. Gonzales, Texas is named after him.

Estrada Achievement Center
Ramiro P. Estrada - became the first Hispanic pediatrician at Robert B. Green Hospital.



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