J. M. Hanks High School

Achieving Excellence

Scroll for More

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. 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
    * Marketing
    * 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 participate 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 the 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.



    Anonymous Alerts icon With Anonymous Alerts, students or parents can submit any suspicious activity, bullying or other student related issues. Click to access the form to file a report.

    Comments (-1)
  • Audio Video Production SkillsUSA District 1 Competition

    Over the past two weeks the Riverside Trades & Industry Media Tech students have been competing in SkillsUSA District 1.  These students come from various high schools in YISD.  On March 2, 2018 the following Hanks High School Student champions were awarded their medals:

    Career Pathways AV Arts and Communications
         Graciela Lodoza - Gold Medal
         Graciela will go on to compete at the State
         Competition in
    Corpus Christi

    Broadcast News Production
         Graciela Lodoza - Silver Medal

         Jesus Chacon - Silver Medal

    Congratulations Knights!

    Comments (-1)
  • Lady Knights' 4378C Robotics Team Takes JUDGES and EXCELLENCES Awards!Lady Knights Robotics Team VEXRobotics Tournament Champions

    Lady Knights' Robotics Team competed in the VEXRobotics Tournament at Clint High School January 27, 2018.

    Our Lady Knights excelled in the tournament receiving high awards:

    • 1st Place Tournament winners, Tournanment Overall Excellence Award
    • Tournament Judges' Award

     Congratulations Lady Knights' Robotics! You make us Proud!

    Click here for Pics> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HERE1ZNeVs&feature=youtu.be


    Comments (-1)
  • Hanks Hosts FBLA Area Leadership Competition 

    2018 FBLA ALC Leadership Competition

       2018 FBLA ALC Competitors

    January 20th, Hanks High School hosted FBLA Area Leadership (ALC) Competition. Eleven area high schools competed in FBLA's ALC Competition in various events. 

    Several Hank's students placed in the competition:

    • Nadine DeLeon - 1st place, Journalism
    • Victoria Sigala - 2nd place, Business Law
    • Monica Guerrero - 3rd place, Personal Finance
    • Ethan Roski - 3rd place, Business Calculations

    Winners will be traveling to State Leadership (SLC) Competition March 8th - 10th.

    Congratulations Knights on a Job Well Done!


    Comments (-1)
  • Watch Hanks Knight Vision Crew at Work!
    Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes? Watch Mr. Barron and his Knight Vision Crew (<Click on this link) at work. Visit Knight Vision on Twitter @hhsknightvision.


    Comments (-1)
  • Get access to Resources and other information.
    click here > Hanks Library HomePage


    Comments (-1)