SPC Rafael Hernando III Middle was originally opened in 2007 and temporarily housed Chester E. Jordan elementary School students and staff while their permanent campus was constructed. Jordan Elementary was completed during the summer of 2009, opening the door for the formation of Hernando Middle School.
The middle school campus, located at 3451 Rich Beem Blvd in the heart of the district's fast growing El Dorado feeder pattern, opened on August 3, 2009 for the 2009-2010 school year. Hernando Middle School serves students from Hurshel Antwine, Purple Heart, Chester E. Jordan and Sgt. Roberto Ituarte schools.
The school was designed to serve 1200 students from the sixth to eighth grade. The 199,000 square foot facility was built as a combo campus along with Sgt. Roberto Ituarte Elementary School. The school is named after Specialist Rafael Hernando, a decorated war veteran and dedicated volunteer to the Socorro Independent School District. Throughout the years, he has volunteered many hours tirelessly to the community including co-founding the Socorro ISD Volunteer After School Sports Program, advocated for his fellow brothers in arms, and organized the Paralyzed Veterans of America in El Paso. To this day, he is active in recognizing the service and sacrifice of veterans throughout the region.