We are proud that our school is named Paul C. Moreno Elementary. Former Representative Paul C. Moreno overcame many obstacles to become our representative in the Texas House of Representatives. He holds a record. He is the only Hispanic who has held a legislative office longer than any other in the entire United States for 41 years!
When his school was dedicated in the year 2000, Mr. Moreno wrote a thank you letter to the parents, faculty and students of Moreno Elementary. He said, “One of the greatest accomplishments in life is to have a school named after oneself…” and he went on to always encourage students to get an education. He tells us to “not let anyone or anything get in your way!”
Paul Moreno helped pave the way for student education. He faced and fought discrimination in school and in the workplace. He is happy that your barriers will not be so great. He says “Take advantage of every moment in school to be that student which excels.”
Paul C. Moreno was born here in south El Paso in what is known as “Segundo Barrio”. He graduated from Bowie High School and got his bachelor’s degree at The University of Texas at El Paso. He then got his law degree at The University of Texas at Austin. Paul Moreno has worked hard to achieve all of his goals and continues to make us proud working to make things better for the people of El Paso.
In the spring of 2011, Mr. Moreno 80th birthday was celebrated at Moreno Elementary. Teachers, students, and community members were honored to be a part of that special occasion.
Resources, “A Letter from Paul C. Moreno”, 2000