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YISD honors Dr. De La Torre as 2nd longest-serving superintendent

Cydney Davis with opponent


The Ysleta Independent School District is proud to honor its Superintendent of Schools Dr. Xavier De La Torre, who has served as the district’s visionary leader for one decade – a milestone achievement that makes him Ysleta ISD’s second longest-serving superintendent.

According to an annual survey conducted by the Texas Association of School Boards and the Texas Association of School Administrators, the median amount of time that superintendents spend in that role in their district is only about three years.

I am extremely proud of the work we’ve done in the Ysleta Independent School District, and I consider the last 10 years the most rewarding and fulfilling years of my professional career,” said De La Torre, whose first official day at the district was March 24, 2014.

“The public education system is a game-changer for families. It was for my family, and I love what I do,” he said. “But what’s more important is the impact that education has on our children’s lives and their children’s lives – it provides more access and opportunity for all.”

Over the past decade, De La Torre has won numerous awards for his bold leadership and strategic initiatives, elevating the 109-year-old Ysleta ISD to become the city’s only “A”-rated school district in 2022 and leading to its ranking as the No. 1 school district in El Paso for the past three years.

Born and raised in northern California, De La Torre began his career in public education 38 years ago as a teacher, coach, and principal, rising through the ranks to become a superintendent in both California and Texas. He has earned numerous accolades for his leadership inside the classroom and on the playing field and is committed to ensuring students are equipped with the skills necessary to thrive in a global economy.

“Most of what I’ve learned happened within the realm of sports and being around coaches and athletes,” De La Torre said. “I treat this district as my team, and we get up every morning and we compete.”

De La Torre was instrumental in passing facilities bond measures in 2015 and 2019 that provided nearly $1 billion in funds to rebuild, renovate, and modernize campuses, as well as upgrade safety &  security programs and equipment, athletics & fine arts facilities, technology, and HVAC systems. He also launched the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, El Paso’s first college-preparatory public school for girls in grades 6-12.

“We’re in a region where open enrollment is common. So we compete every day for the trust and confidence of our parents,” De La Torre said. “When they entrust their children to us, they know their children will be better prepared at the end of the day than they were at the beginning of the day. Every day matters.”

The length of De La Torre’s time at Ysleta ISD is eclipsed only by Dr. J.M. Hanks, who was named the district’s first Superintendent of Schools at the age of 28 in 1929 and served in that capacity for 51 years until his retirement in 1980.

If you find a great environment, a great district where the community obviously supports its public school system, there should be no sense of urgency to run off to the next big job,” De La Torre said. “So I’ve decided the Ysleta Independent School District is where I want to be.

“There is no temptation, nothing that would make me trade this for the same kind of work somewhere else but without my community, without my team,” he added. “I just wouldn’t do it.”