J. M. Hanks High School

Achieving Excellence

Points of Pride

  • 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.

    In 2018, J. M. Hanks High School ranked 2691 in the National Rankings and earned a silver medal. Schools are ranked based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has 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

    Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement coursework and exams. The AP participation rate at J. M. Hanks High School is 48%. The school serves approximately 1,824 students in grades 9th through 12th. Hanks 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
        * Marketing
        * Law and Public Safety
        * Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
        * Information Technology

    Also referred to as “The Kingdom of Champions,” Hanks is home to many outstanding programs in academics, fine arts, and athletics alike:

    Marching Band competed in various competitions earning high recognition. They earned Division 1 in the EPISD Marching Contest and Grand Champion recognition in the SISD Marchfest. Twenty-nine Hanks students advanced to Area, where they competed in Midland. Hanks Marching Band advanced to the State Contest in San Antonio, where they placed 15th in state; the highest of any El Paso high school band. In UIL Contest, Hanks Band 1 and Band 2 earned Division I recognition. In Solo & Ensemble, Hanks Band advanced 41 solo and 33 ensembles to state competition. 
    Jazz Band had the most students qualify (15 students) in the city in the All Region Jazz competition.

    Choir, Mixed Chorus and Treble Chorus earned Division 1 recognition and advanced to All State Choir Competition. Orchestra earned Full Symphony in Division I and also competed in All Region. Hanks Mariachis, “Los Trovadores Mariachis”, was the only Mariachis in YISD who competed in the Regional Mariachis Contest, where they received a Superior Rating and qualified to compete in the UIL State Mariachi Festival.

    In Cross Country, Hanks Michael Abeyta excelled throughout the 2017-2018 Cross Country season. He placed 1st place individually at the District Cross Country meet, 1st place at the Regional Cross Country meet, and 2nd place at the State Cross Country meet. Cross Country Boys team placed 2nd overall and the Cross Country Girls team placed 3rd overall at the District Cross Country meet. At the Open Cross Country District Meet, Victoria Bustillos took 1st place individual. At the Regionals meet in Lubbock, along with Michael Abeyta, Andrea Abeyta advanced to the State Cross Country meet in Round Rock, Texas. 

    The Girls Wrestling Team continues to hold the State Champion title, another year and counting for the years 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Five years now, members have gone on to compete and win at the national level with many receiving scholarships to contend at the collegiate level. This year the Varsity Girls Wrestling team placed 1st in tournaments throughout the season. They were District and Regional Champions, advancing to state were Sarah Martinez, Victoria Nunez, Annette Enciso, Isabella Gonzalez, Angelina Baltazar, Abigail Anaya, Victoria Hinojo, Jaydn Sayre-Adona, and Hannah Fierro. At state, the girls earned their 5th State title: State Champions,Victoria Nunez and Isabella Gonzalez; State Runner Up, Angelina Balthazar; 3rd, Sarah Martinez; 3rd, Annette Enciso; 3rd, Jaydn Sayre-Adona, & 5th, Victoria Hinojosa. Texas Girls Coaches Association named Isabella Gonzalez Athlete of the Year, also named YISD Female Athlete of the Year for the El Paso Hall of Fame. Varsity Boys Wrestlers Andrew Wittke and Joshua Chacon placed 1st at District & Regionals, and advanced to State. JV Boys & Girls Wrestlers District Champions.

    Varsity Boys Basketball
     played in the Bi-District Playoffs against Andress High School. 
    Varsity Girls Basketball played in the Bi-District Playoffs against Burges High School. Boys and Girls Gymnastics were very successful in 2017-2018. At the District meet, the Boys & Girls Gymnastics team advanced to Regionals in Odessa. At Regionals, Christopher Mendoza was named All-Around, Lillieanna Tercero in the Vault, and Paulina Tinajero in the Vault, all advanced to state in Rockwall. In Swimming, the team were 2017-2018 District Champions. The team advanced to regionals in Lubbock. Girls Tennis competed in the District Tennis Tournament where they won the District Co-Champions and advanced to regionals in Lubbock. Girls Golf team competed at District Preview where they won 1st place and were District Champions and advanced to Regionals in Lubbock. Varsity Boys Baseball were the Burges Tournament Champions. Varsity Girls Softball continued to be one of the top teams in the city advancing to the Sweet 16. They were Bi-District Champions in the Burges Bi-District Playoffs games and advanced to Area where they played against Lubbock Cooper.

    Boys &Girls Track & Field teams competed extremely well with athletes competing at regional and state competitions. JV Girls and Boys Track teams competed in Open Track and Field Invitationals where the JV boys placed 1st overall. Varsity Girls Team were District Champions. At District Michael Abeyta, Devonte Alexander, Andrea Abeyta, Melody Burton, Stehpanie McCann, Jackie Spender, Sunshine Modesto, Taylor Henry and Rodger Rivera advanced to Regionals in Lubbock. At State, Michael Abeyta placed 1st in 800 and 2nd in the 1600 and 3200 meter races.

    Robotics received recognition at various tournaments and participated in UIL academic competitions advancing to the state level. The Robotics team placed 1st and advanced to state at the Vex Robotics Hanks Tournament. At the Clint Tournament, the Robotics team received the Judges award and Excellence award. At the Socorro Tournament, Robotics teams placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd. FBLA held their Area Leadership Competition where Nadine DeLeon, Victoria Sigala, Monica Guerrero, Ethan Roski advanced to State Leadership Competition. Law Enforcement competed in the TPSA LAW Competition where they placed 2nd in Hair & Fiber Analysis, 3rd place in CSI Criminal Investigation, 3rd place in Building Search, and 3rd place in Cell Extraction. At Horizon Speech & Debate Tournament, John Ruffier placed 1st in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking. At SkillsUSA District 1 Competition for Audio Video Production, Graciela Lodoza recieved a Gold Medal in Career Pathways AV Arts & Communications competition. Graciela Lodoza and Jesus Chacon recieved Silver Medal winners in Broadcast News Production competition. UIL Academic students advanced to Regionals in Lubbock in Current IssuesFeature Writing, Informative SpeakingLincoln Douglas DebatePersuasive SpeakingPoetry InterpretationProse InterpretationReady WritingSocial Studies, and Spelling and Vocabulary.

    Athletic Trainers, Natalia Martinez, Briana Zambrano, Toni Cobos, Gilbert Duran, and Fernando Villescas, competed in the West Texas Sports Medicine Competition and advanced to AACI National Sports Medicine Competition. Hanks Theater One Act Play advanced to Bi-District.

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