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Our Roots Go Deep

The first pioneer families and the thousands that followed educated their children and literally grew up with newer and bigger McAllen schools. In a new, emerging town, school programs and places of worship were literally the common threads for socializing and the forging of a community.

As McAllen graduated its seniors, the first home grown leaders began to be counted. Many started businesses, went to college, or went to work to strengthen the fabric and legacy of our community.

Since 1908, the McAllen ISD student population has grown from 20 to 25,000. As a district, we realize and celebrate the legacy of multi-generational families who are proud Bulldogs, Mustangs, or Warriors. Even now, the greater McAllen school community includes transfer families from more than 43 countries across the globe, all weaving an international fabric of high expectations, inherent hunger for progress and prosperity, together with deep South Texas vibes.

Our schools help define our home—its foundation, its progeny, and its posterity—indelibly an important source of our centennial story. It is a bond that is illustrated today with the immense academic, financial, and moral support our schools receive from our community.  As the largest employer and creator of local athletic, fine arts, and other student celebrations, McAllen ISD is part of the vibrant, diverse family that is uniquely McAllen.

A Supportive Community

  • 1st McAllen school – 20 students in 1908.
  • 1st graduations – 4 graduates in 1913.
  • June 2012 – 1,579 students graduate from 4 MISD high schools.
  • June 2012 – Graduates receive $19,195,380 in scholarships.
  • McAllen’s total population – 128,705
  • McAllen’s median household income – $36,235

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