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Carmen V. Avila

Our school was built in 2003 and is located approximately fifteen miles north of Edinburg. The land was donated to the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District by the Avila family. Our school was named in honor of Carmen V. Avila. Mrs. Avila was born on May 1, 1908, and was a descendant of the Vela and Cardenas families. Both of these families were among the 200 families that Jose De Escandon brought in the 1740s from New Spain (later Mexico) to settle in this area (south of the river). Mrs. Avila attended Edinburg schools and graduated from Edinburg High School in 1926.

She continued her education and was the first Hispanic to graduate from the first graduating class of Edinburg Junior College. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1929. Mrs. Avila then went on to Texas A&I Kingsville; where she earned her Master's Degree in 1939. Mrs. Avila taught in the Edinburg Consolidated District for thirty-eight years. She began her teaching career at Austin Elementary, then moved to Lincoln Elementary. She taught at Edinburg Junior High School before retiring in 1976. Mrs. Avila participated in numerous social and community affairs before her death on December 11, 1996, at the age of 88.