Edward Manzano, Jr. Middle School
Manzano Middle School is named for Edward Manzano, Jr., a veteran BISD educator who served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal of Cummings Junior High School. In 1975, Manzano was named the first principal of Pace High School, a position he held until 1983. Manzano Middle School was opened to students in August 2010. Built with funds from the 2006 school bond, Manzano MS is located on W. Alton Gloor Boulevard across from Keller Elementary School. Norma J. Torres was the first principal.
Born in 1918, Manzano moved to Brownsville at the age of 10 and began working as a migrant worker as well as attending school. After graduating from Brownsville High School, he spent two years at Brownsville Junior College before signing up with the U.S. Marines at the start of World War II. For his service in Okinawa and Iwo Jima as a staff sergeant, Manzano earned a presidential commendation and three combat stars.
During the opening ceremony, Mr. Manzano saw a small documentary about his life and heard quotes from his former students. After the video, he joked with the audience about his family and many of his former students who were also present, including various school administrators. “I wish I had these facilities when I went to school,” he said. “I pursued a career in education. Therefore I don’t have much money to leave to my heirs. This school is a legacy to my family. To my family, this is it.”
Edward Manzano Jr. never sought the limelight for himself but always gave credit to those who worked with him. So often those who don't seek publicity are overlooked, but his influence on the young people under his care is a testament to his innate goodness as well as his ability to deal with students, parents and staff.