Points of Pride
J. M. Hanks High School first opened its doors in 1978, serving the east El Paso community. Since its opening, the Hanks High School Knights have established a tradition of excellence across the realms of academics, athletics, and community service. The Hanks experience is defined by the virtues of Knighthood: courage to be fearless in all endeavors, generosity to foster a greater sense of community, and valor to always strive for excellence. Opportunity for growth and success are bountiful here at the kingdom of champions, the only thing we are missing is YOU!
Our School serves approximately 1,824 students in 9th through 12 grade. We offer Advanced Placement coursework and exams for Students with a participation rate of 48%. Students are offered 42 hours of Advanced Placement (AP) courses and 25 hours through Dual Credit courses, giving them 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
Referred to as “The Kingdom of Champions,” Hanks is home to many outstanding programs in academics, fine arts, and athletics alike:
Has earned many Division 1 ratings in the annual EPISD Marching Contest and Grand Champion recognition in the annual SISD Marchfest. Hanks Marching Band has advanced continuously to the State Contest, where they have earned the highest of any El Paso high school
Solo & Ensemble
Advanced 41 solo and 33 ensembles to state competition
Qualified the most students (15 students) in the city in the All-Region Jazz competition
Choir, Mixed Chorus & Treble Chorus
Earned Division 1 recognition and advanced to All-State Choir Competition
Earned Full Symphony in Division I & competed in All-Region
Hanks Mariachis - “Los Trovadores Mariachis”
Hanks was only Mariachis in YISD who competed in the 2018-2019 Regional Mariachis Contest. They received a Superior Rating and qualified to compete in the UIL State Mariachi Festival.
The Boys and Girls teams continue to excel at meets, District, Regionals and State. Michael Abeyta and Rodger Rivera have continued to dominate.
Boys & Girls Wrestling
Girls Wrestling have to earned State Champion titles and National titles from 2014 - 2019. The girl wrestlers received scholarships and contend at the collegiate levels. They were District & Regional Champions, and at state, they earned their 6th State title.
Varsity Boys Basketball & Varsity Girls Basketball
Played in the Bi-District Playoffs games
Boys & Girls Gymnastics
Boys and Girls Gymnasts have continually advanced to Regionals and State.
Boys & Girls Swimming
2017-2018 District Champions and advanced to regionals
Competed in the District Tennis Tournament where they were District Co-Champions and advanced to regionals
Competed and won 1st place at District Preview and were District Champions, advancing to Regionals
Varsity Boys Baseball
Burges Tournament Champions
Varsity Girls Softball
Continues to be one of the top teams in the city advancing to the Sweet 16 and were Bi-District Champions in the Burges Bi-District Playoffs games and advanced to Area
Boys & Girls Track and Field
JV Girls & Boys Track teams successfully compete in Open Track and Field Invitationals where they have placed 1st overall and District Champions. Michael Abeyta and Rodger Rivera competed and successfully advanced to Regionals, and State. At State, Michael Abeyta placed 1st and Rodger Rivera placed 2nd in their event.
Received recognition at various tournaments and participated in UIL academic competitions advancing to the state level. Placed 1st and advanced to state in Vex Robotics Hanks, Clint and Socorro Tournaments. Received prestigious awards such as the Judges award and Excellence award.
At Area Leadership Competition in 2019, Nadine DeLeon, Victoria Sigala, Monica Guerrero, Ethan Roski all advanced to State Leadership Competition
Competed in the TPSA LAW Competition where they placed in several competitions.
Speech & Debate
John Ruffier placed 1st at the Horizon Speech Tournament
At the District 1 Competition, Graciela Lodoza received a Gold Medal. Graciela Lodoza and Jesus Chacon received Silver Medal in their team competition
Students advanced to Regionals
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
One Act Play advanced to Bi-District