Saint Joseph Academy in Brownsville has been named the National Hispanic Institute’s High School of the Year. The award is bestowed on one high school each year. Tino Villarreal, head football coach and trustee for the NHI board of directors, said the school had been nominated for the past six years and it was due to receive the prestigious honor.
Saint Joseph Interim President Michael J. Motyl said the award was an honor for the school.
“It reaffirms the work we have been doing for the past 150 years here in Brownsville,” Motyl said. “The NHI program is one of many enriching opportunities and experiences that Saint Joe offers our students in our goal to mold them into the saints and scholars of our community.”
An NHI statement said the school’s “continued commitment and service to our summer leadership programs merits special attention for its impact on the services and benefits students receive as a result.”
The academy was founded in 1865 by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, and currently is run by the Marist Brothers of the Schools.