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Cigarroa High School

Dr. Leonides Gonzalez Cigarroa High School
Laredo, Texas
Type Public
Motto The Pride of South Laredo!
Established 1983
School district Laredo Independent School District
Grades 9th-12th
Enrollment 1, 300
Color(s) Silver and Blue
Mascot Toro

Dr. Leonides Gonzalez Cigarroa High School is a high school located in Laredo Independent School District in Laredo in Webb County in south Texas. Grades nine through twelve are taught there. It serves students living in south Laredo. It has a student population of about 1,300. The school's namesake is a late medical doctor.

Magnet school

Cigarroa High School also houses the L.I.S.D. Magnet for Engineering and Technology Education (META), a magnet school focused on engineering and technology education. The students may choose two different paths while enrolled in the magnet. The instructors are Amanda Gonzalez and Alexander Castro.

In 2007-2008 the robotics team competed and won the regional district competition at Edinburgh, Texas. After the regionals, the team went to the state competition. In 2009, Cigarroa students had the highest TAKS standardized test scores in Laredo.

School History

Named after a renowned local physician, Dr. Leonides Gonzalez Cigarroa High School is located at 2600 Zacatecas Street in South Laredo, Texas. It opened its doors to a large group of freshmen and sophomores on August 1983. It graduated its first seniors in 1985 and its first true class (four years at Cigarroa High School) in 1987 under the direction of its first principal, Mr. Alfredo “El Toro Grande” Montemayor. Since then other leaders have taken the helm of Cigarroa High School as did Mr. Pedro Lara, Mrs. Cynthia Conchas, Mr. Mario Guzman, “El Toro Chico”, Dr. Sonia Sanchez and currently Mr. Oscar Perez. With a Toro (bull) as a Mascot, a bullring style courtyard and a yearbook titled “La Fiesta Brava”, the school pays homage to the Mexican and Spanish roots of its community members. The theme was also a passion Dr. Leo G. Cigarroa as he frequently traveled to Mexico and Spain. The school colors are royal blue and silver as are the beautiful Texas skies and its clouds as Mr. Alfredo Montemayor once stated. During his eleven-year tenure, Mr. Mario Guzman gave the school the slogan: “The Pride of South Laredo” and since then Cigarroa High School has lived up to its motto. A tradition, set by the first Toro family back in 1983, is a time capsule which was embedded in the front of the school and opened during the 25th anniversary festivities in 2008. It was quite an experience for the alumni and staff to travel back in time through the mementos that were uncovered. During the festivities, a bronze bull was uncovered and a commemorative monument and marble bench were also presented to the public. The Toro sculpture was dedicated to Mr. Alfredo Montemayor who was the guest of honor. A second capsule was assembled and embedded to be opened in 2033 during the 50th anniversary festivities. The campus currently houses approximately 1,311 students, 130 teachers and 75 staff members.

School Fight Song

We will stand tall with pride
To be known as the TOROS
We're brave TOROS that fight
And we FIGHT to WIN once again
For the SILVER and BLUE
We wave the flag of pride today
For the SILVER and BLUE we fight
With all our might, TOROS FIGHT!

External links

  • Laredo Independent School District Home Page
  • Cigarroa High School Home Page

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