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Juarez-Lincoln High School

Juarez-Lincoln High School
Address
7801 W. Mile 7 Line
Mission, Texas 78574
Information
School type Public, High School
Founded 2008
School district La Joya ISD
Principal Clemencia Garza
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1969  (2010 UIL Realignment)
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Red and Silver         
Mascot Huskies
Feeder schools Ann Richards Middle School
Domingo Trevino Middle School
Dr. Javier Saenz Middle School
Juan De Dios Salinas Middle School
Rival schools La Joya High School
Palmview High School
Website

Benito Juarez-Abraham Lincoln High School is a Texas UIL Class 5A high school in the La Joya Independent School District named after two iconic presidents: Benito Juarez of Mexico, and Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States. The school is home to students that live on the central and north side of La Joya ISD.

La Joya ISD: Humble Beginnings to the Great Split of 2008

La Joya ISD had been home to a single high school entity since the district (then known as Tabasco ISD) erected Nellie Schunior Memorial High School in 1926, six years after the death of Nellie Leo Schunior, the first education pioneer in the district's current boundaries.
La Joya High School was later created, in order to house the growing number of students that Nellie Schunior Memorial High School could not accommodate. As the years rapidly passed, the communities within the district boundaries began to flourish, and the district population exploded. La Joya High School, being the sole high school within the 226 square miles (590 km2) of land, grew to enormous proportions. For many decades, La Joya High School housed 9-12 grades. Eventually, the student population grew too much and a separate Ninth Grade Campus was built adjacent to La Joya High School. This campus proved to be too small for the 1500 freshman class by the year 2000, so a larger and brand new Ninth Grade Campus was built behind the existing campus, opening its doors to students in October 2000.
As the Freshman Class of 2000 was housed at the brand new Ninth Grade Campus, the remodeling project to expand the old Ninth Grade Campus went underway. By the year 2002, La Joya ISD was home to three high schools, but still only had one senior class, as all three campuses (conveniently located next to each other in a triangle) shared students. La Joya High School became known as La Joya Senior High School (housing only 11th and 12th graders), the newer Ninth Grade Campus changed its name to Juarez-Lincoln High School (housing half of the 9th and 10th grade students), and the newly-remodeled old Ninth Grade Campus became Jimmy Carter High School (housing the other half of the 9th and 10th grade students).
Once again, population spurts in western Hidalgo County helped to overcrowd all three high schools. La Joya ISD had no choice but to split the district into three separate high schools, and for the first time ever, have multiple senior classes, multiple sports teams, and multiple mascots. The 2008-2009 school year became the inaugural year for both the Juarez-Lincoln Huskies and the Palmview Lobos. With a much smaller student population, Juarez-Lincoln High School was classified as a 4A school, but Palmview High School, with a student population parallel with La Joya High School, was classified as a 5A school.

Juarez-Lincoln High School: Home of the Huskies

Juarez-Lincoln High School opened its official doors to its student population in January 2011. The school had been housed at the old campus from August 2008 through December 2010. This new state-of-the-art campus with modern amenities and a stellar design, is the pride and joy of the community. The staff and administration at JLHS strive to provide a community where all students and families feel welcome, where they may grow as individuals and become productive members of society upon graduation.

This new campus will prove to be the home of many successes as the students develop a rich tradition of excellence, along with faculty and staff that support them.

Past Principals

Principal Years Served
Jimmy Gonzalez 2008–2009
Xavier Ramirez, Interim Spring 2009
Leticia Martinez 2009–2011
Clemencia Garza 2011–2013
Maria B. Leal 2013–Present

Athletics

The Juarez-Lincoln Huskies are members of the 30-5A classification of the University Interscholastic League for all athletic, academic, and music competitions. From 2008-2012 they were members of the U.I.L 32-4A classification. The school offers athletic programs in:

  • Football
 -2012 City Champions
  • Baseball
 -2009 R.J. Alaniz, pitcher, signs with Houston Astros Baseball organization
    -2009 and 2012 state playoff appearance
  • Golf
 - 2013 Jo Jo Martinez District Champion
  • Softball
  • Soccer
 -Boys 2010,2011,2013 District Champions
    -2009,2010,2011,2012 and 2013 state playoff appearance
 -Girls 2012 District Champions
    -2009,2010,2011,2012 and 2013 State slayoff appearance
  • Track and Field
  • Special Olympics
  • Volleyball
 - 2008 State Playoff Appearance
  • Basketball
-Girls
    -2011 State Playoff Appearance
  • Cross Country
-2010
    - Angel Banda wins Silver medal at 4A State Cross Country meet
-2011
    - Emily R. Perez wins Silver medal at 4A State Cross Country meet
    - Boys 32-4A District Champions
    - Boys Cross Country Team places fifth at 4A State Cross Country meet
  • Wrestling
 -Girls 2009 Dual Meet and District Champions
-Girls 2011 Dual Meet Champions
-Girls 2012 Dual Meet and District Champions -Boys 2010 Dual Meet and District Champions -Boys 2012 Dual Meet Champions
  • Swimming and Diving
-2012
    - Adrian Alanis wins Gold Medal at 4A Regional meet

Fine arts

Juarez Lincoln High School Art

Juarez-Lincoln High School Husky Band

La Joya ISD's La Joya High School had built a tradition of excellence within the band program, classifying four consecutive times (1998, 2000, 2002, and 2004) for the Texas State UIL 5A Marching Contest above many other Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, Corpus Christi and San Antonio schools. With the split, La Joya divided its musicians into the three high schools. Now, the Juarez-Lincoln Husky Band marches to a new director, Mr. William Henry.

Juarez-Lincoln High School had the most challenges ahead of them, more than any of the other two schools. The JLHS Band has grown steadily throughout its small history, going from an inaugural 40-member band to a membership of 100 students.

Choir

The Juarez-Lincoln H.S. Choir is under the direction of Mr. Joshua Watkins. They have received numerous accolades and performed in 2012 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas at the Spurs vs. Phoenix Suns game.

Orchestra

Mariachi

Mariachi Sol is under the direction of Mr. Jesus J. Garza Jr.

Roma Competition 2012- 2nd place

Grupo Folklorico Sol Azteca

Folklorico Sol Azteca is under the direction of Ms. Daisy Garza.

Silver Stars Drill Team

The Silver Stars Drill Team has won numerous awards and achievements over the years since the schools inception. It under the direction of Mrs. Erika Silva.

Top Hat Theatre Company

The Top Hat Theatre Company is under the direction of Mr. Gabriel Arriaga, and performs numerous shows throughout the school year and is open for the community to attend.

Other Clubs/Organizations

JLHS National Honor Society
H.O.S.A. (Health Occupations Students of America)
S.W.A.T. (Students With A Testimony)
Gear Up
F.F.A. (Future Farmers of America)
JLHS Student Council (2012 and 2013 National Golden Council Award)
Hispanic National Honor Society
JLHS JROTC
JLHS Computer Technology Guild
JLHS Chess Club
CTG (Computer Technology Guild)

New Traditions

Alma mater

Juarez-Lincoln High School's school song, "Alma Mater", uses the music of La Joya High School's original Alma Mater. The words to the song were written by the Student Council.

Hail to thee Husky high
We'll support you through our pride
Truth, honor, and loyalty,
We'll pledge our legacy.
Through our Alma Mater High,
We'll strive to conquer and glorify.
We'll stand all together
In our defense
To say that we are ONE!

Fight Song

Juarez-Lincoln High School's fight song uses Texas A&M's "Aggie War Hymn".

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