Santo Niño Elementary School takes its name after a
shrine that was constructed by the early residents of the
neighborhood. The shrine was erected to honor a saint by the name of
Santo Niño de Atocha. The shrine still stands today, along the Zapata
Highway, not far from the school. Although the shrine is still in
existence it is no longer open to the public.
Niño Elementary began its school existence when the Laredo Independent
School District Board of Trustees decided to transfer the Montrose
Building to the Santo Niño area. The Santo Niño transfer arrangement
must have been made in the latter part of 1959. Mr. J.W. Nixon
(Laredo Independent School District) stated that the last thing he had
to present to the school board was a letter written by a committee of
five ladies, who were patrons of Montrose Elementary School, and were in
favor of the transfer.
Mr. J.W. Nixon stated
that he had discussed the matter with Mrs. B. Rodriguez, Montrose
Elementary School principal, and she said that the arrangements could be
made to release the old building requested. The transfer of the old
school building from Montrose Elementary (presently Leon Daiches
Elementary School) constituted the beginning of Santo Niño Elementary
School in January 14, 1960. The building consisted of old barracks
housing four classrooms, an office, and a bookroom. It was pointed out
that three thousand dollars had been allotted in the district’s budget
for this expense.
Mr. Byfield moved and Mr. Moore
second that the project be carried out because of urgency. Motion
passed by vote of all trustees present. Mr. Byfield and School Board
President, Mr. Yeary, stated that moving this building was strictly an
emergency measure to relieve the immediate situation. Mr. Byfield asked
what would be done about the long-range plan for that area. Mr. Nixon
said that this item would be included in the overall study of the
In regards to the Santo Niño property, Mr.
Byfield asked about the deed to the Santo Niño property in May 12,
1960. He did not obtain a deed because there was a lady living on the
property at that time. It was suggested that Mr. Dryden could probably
help the lady who owned the property to find another lot where she could
live. Mr. Byfield moved and Mr. Puig seconded that the bill be
approved. The motion carried.
Currently, Santo Niño has an enrollment of 682 students.
During its existence, Santo Niño Elementary has had the listed below as Principals:
1960 – 1961 Annexed to Montrose/Daiches Elem.
1961 – 1963 Mrs. B. Rodriguez
1963 – 1977 Mr. Felipe Salazar
1977 – 1990 Mr. Cesar Salinas
1990 – 2001 Ms. Maria Ponce
2001 – 2003 Dr. Amira Mejia
2003 – 2007 Dr. Martha E. Villarreal
2007 - 2010 Ms. Myrtala Ramirez
2010 - 2015 Mrs. Oralia H. Cortez
2015-Present Mr. Jose Perez