Montwood Milestones

    August, 1990 - Montwood High School begins under the leadership of Art Shaw. The administration and teachers began serving the educational needs of the Montwood community in 1990. The school opened with grades 7, 8, 9, and 10. Montwood's first seniors graduated in 1993. Montwood is unique in the fact that it is one of the few schools in Texas that features a year-round curriculum, and its many creative programs and innovative teaching practices have made Montwood a model for other schools throughout Texas and the nation.The academic strength of the services the Montwood administrators, faculty, and staff provide to students has been recognized through accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school was initially built to accommodate 2200 students.

    August, 1991 - A new television class is opened, and students begin broadcasting the announcements.

    1992-1993 - Year-round education is implemented.

    August, 1993 - NJROTC comes to MHS.

    May, 1993 - Mama Montwood Laura Price is named Texas Student Council Advisor of the Year.

    1994-1997 - MHS is a Texas Mentor school for 3 years.

    August 1994 - Enrollment reaches 2690 students; 5 portables are added; 26 teachers are hired; David Del Toro is hired as new assistant principal.

    December, 1994 - Senior Francesco Whittenberger is named National Merit Scholar semifinalist; MHS varsity cross-country team wins its first district 2-5A championship.

    February, 1994 - Junior student Toiya Johnson is named Miss Black El Paso.

    August, 1995 - Ken Bailey and Ralph Reyna are hired as new assistant principals; enrollment is at 3,078 students; 20 new teachers are hired; NJROTC awarded the Chief of Naval Education and Training Award for being one of the top 10% of units among 85 western U.S. schools.

    December, 1995 - Making Higher Scores, TAAS prep program, begins.

    March, 1997 - Synergy and MIT make Rambot 2000, which takes 5th place at regionals and goes to national competition.

    April, 1997 - Former assistant principal Jim Kelch returns to MHS as new principal, replacing Art Shaw.

    1997-1998 - The academic successes of the Montwood learning community prompts the U.S. Department of Education to recognize Montwood as a National Blue Ribbon School during the 1997-1998 school year. The ideals and hard work embodied by the Montwood administrators, faculty, staff, and students truly make Montwood High School a school where excellence abounds.

    1999 - Texas Society of Professional Engineers Texas Engineering Challenge State Champion: The Bionic '99 Can Crusher.

    2000 - Phil Hatch becomes principal of MHS. His motivational slogan is R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

    2004 - Juni Mathews becomes principal. Roberta Abdo and Kim Baxter become assistant principals. MHS senior Kristin Breton is chosen as a National Merit Scholar and wins the YWCA Reach Award for young women in high schools.

    August, 2005 – Derrick Brown becomes an MHS assistant principal.

    March, 2006 - Patricia Cuevas becomes an MHS assistant principal.

    November, 2006 - MHS Cheerleaders win City Competition.

    April, 2007 - Mama Montwood Laura Price, once again, is named Texas Student Council Advisor of the Year.

    July, 2007 - David Boatright, Ron Durkes, and Joyce Yellock all join the Rams as MHS assistant principals.

    Fall, 2011 – Juni Mathews retires as principal, and Rosemary Mireles-Menchaca is named principal.

    Cristina Bennett, Antoinette Howard, and Gino Gonzalez are named assistant principals.

    Fall, 2012 - Diane Duncan, Monica Bustillos, and Mark Parra join the campus as assistant principals.

    Montwood High School Principals Through the Years
    1990-97: Art Shaw
    1997-2000: Jim Kelch
    2000-04: Phil Hatch
    2004-11: Juni Mathews
    2011-Present: Rosemary Mireles-Menchaca

Last Modified on July 31, 2014