J. M. Hanks High School in east El Paso, Texas first opened its doors in 1978. The school is named after Jesse Mack Hanks who was superintendent for the Ysleta Independent School District for 50 years, from 1939 through 1989. The school serves approximately 1,800 students in grades 9th through 12th.
In 2015, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) recognized Hanks High School with five distinctions:
* Academic Achievement in Reading/ELA
* Academic Achievement in Mathematics
* Top 25 Percent Student Progress
* Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps
* Postsecondary Readiness
Hanks High School offers 42 hours of Advanced Placement (AP) courses and 25 hours through Dual Credit courses, giving students the opportunity to earn 67 hours of college credits while in high school. In addition, the following career pathways are offered at our campus:
* Arts, Audio & Video and Communications (Broadcasting & Fashion Design)
* Business Management and Administration
* Law and Public Safety
* Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
* Information Technology
Also referred to as “The Kingdom of Champions”, our school is home to many outstanding programs in academics and athletics alike. The JROTC program continues its ongoing excellence in competition. At the Brigade meet, they were awarded nine 1st place trophies. Most notably, the program had a team finish in 2nd place in the annual Bataan Memorial Death March which set a new district record of 5 hours and 4 minutes. The rifle team also advanced to nationals in Alabama. In UIL Solo & Ensemble competition, our Orchestra, Choir, Guitar and Band received sixty-eight 1st division ratings. In addition the Hanks Band has received numerous first division ratings in marching, concert, and jazz competitions. In 2015-16, Roy Molina, Maddison Fanning, Michael Vasquez, and
Josh Hernandez were selected to an All-State ensemble, one of the most prestigious honors a high school musician can attain.
Our students participated in various UIL academic competition advancing to the regional level in Computer Applications, Current Issues, Feature Writing, Lincoln Douglas Debate, News Writing, Persuasive Speaking, Poetry Interpretation, Ready Writing, and Social Studies. The FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) program also competed at state level with the program advancing to Nationals.
The Hanks girls wrestling team is 2014, 2015, and 2016 state champions. Shania Villalba, Dasia Ornelas, Brianna Holcomb, and Gianna Morales also brought home individual state titles. The boys wrestling team has also been successful with Michael Sanchez placing 2nd and Joseph Galarza placing 4th at state. Members from each team have gone on to compete and win at the national level with many receiving scholarships to contend at the collegiate level. Other teams that have won district and Area championships include the varsity tennis team, boys & girls swimming, and boys & girls golf. Our track & field team also does extremely well with athletes competing at regional and state competitions. Andrea Abeyta represented Hanks in the 800 meters at the state level as a sophomore. The baseball team continues its tradition of excellence by winning the bi-district championship and advancing to the area playoffs. The softball team also continues to be one of the top teams in the city advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2015.