Garza Early College: ‘A-1, from day one’


The entire Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School community recently gathered to celebrate the school’s National Blue Ribbon status during a schoolwide ceremony honoring students for their perseverance and teachers for their unwavering commitment and dedication to excellence.

Joining in the celebration was school namesake Trinidad “Trini” Garza, a former Dallas ISD trustee and longtime education champion, along with Dallas ISD Superintendent of Schools Michael Hinojosa, Dallas ISD Board of Trustees President Eric Cowan, and former superintendent Nolan Estes.

Earlier this month, Garza principal Janice Lombardi traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the official ceremony recognizing the 339 schools across the country named 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

The prestigious designation is just one of the many awards and honors earned by the school since it opened in 2006. The school’s other honors include: National Excellence in Urban Education Award, Newsweek’s “Beating the Odds” list, and others. Home to one of the district’s top principals and four of the district’s Top 100 teachers, Garza continues to capture the attention of educators throughout Dallas ISD and across the country.

During the ceremony at Garza, teacher Travis Smith, one of the district’s Top 100 teachers, summed it up best saying “Garza has been A-1, since day one.”

Garza joined Dallas ISD’s Harry Stone Montessori Academy which was also recognized as a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School.


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