Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy selected as name of new campus


The Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees approved proposals that will pave the way for the district’s new campus during its regular meeting on Jan. 15.

The Board of Trustees approved Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy and the Raven as the name and mascot of the ninth grade campus set to open Fall 2013. The name and mascot will accompany the school colors of navy and gold, which were selected during the Nov. 2012 Board Meeting.

“We live in a community that has the opportunity to recognize many of its outstanding citizens,” said Superintendent Dr. Steve Flores. “ All of the finalists were worthy of this nomination. Dr. Cano was a tremendous citizen, who returned to Harlingen after his studies to help his community. I applaud Dr. Cano and his family for their work. He left behind a great legacy in healthcare and helping others.”

Dr. Cano was a Harlingen native who established a well-known family practice facility in the community. He valued education, and continued his studies throughout his adult life to reach his goal of becoming a family-practice physician. To serve the community, he frequently offered his services to students who lacked insurance at Texas State Technical College.

“He was a Harlingen native and a true public servant,” said Mary Helen Cano, wife of Dr. Cano.  “He was always willing to help anyone who needed it. He believed in the importance of education, and that no student should be left behind.”

The selection was based on a combined effort between the Board of Trustees and the Campus Identity Committee for the new Ninth Grade Academy. The committee was charged with investigating alternatives for the campus color(s), mascot and name. Subsequently, the committee presented all options to the Board of Trustees for consideration and final decision.

“I commend the Ninth Grade Academy Identity committee for their commitment to the process and applaud the school board for taking the necessary time to make decisions about our school that will ultimately impact the students and their learning,” said Vivian Bauer, principal of Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy.  “The selected colors, mascot and name signify what this academy is truly about, which is intellect, excellence, and success.”

The academy, 1701 Lozano, was approved by voters in the 2010 $98.6 million bond issue, will serve all ninth grade students from Harlingen High School and Harlingen High School South. The technology-focused campus is based on the Project Based Learning model, which concentrates on the students’ application of information, where teachers serve as learning facilitators rather than lecturers.

The objective is to place students into one of five academic schools that will serve as programs of study throughout their high school education and provide more attention to struggling students during an important year of high school.

The campus will open to an estimated 1,300 students in Fall 2013.

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