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G.W. Brackenridge High School is dedicated to graduating all students as empowered, community-minded, college-ready students who think innovatively, reason logically, and contribute as 21st Century globally-competent citizens.
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G.W. Brackenridge High School will educate every student to be self-sufficient, strengthen every student to be competitive in all challenges of mind and heart, and nurture every student to value wisdom in a diverse world through multiple pathways that incorporate 21st Century skills, a globally sensitive curriculum and service learning.
We are with you heart and soul
We will fight and win our goal
Ranking high you know why;
Just because you carried through
All those things that are great and good
Brackenridge, here’s success to you
BHS, o’er the rest
In the game of life we lead
Fighting fair do-or-dare
Thanks to thee and to thy creed
We will go but we know in a pleasant memory
Will be always within our hearts
Of the days we spent with thee
Onward eagles, onward eagles
Fight right through that line
Circle right around those end boys
Touchdown sure this time! Rah! Rah! Rah!
Tackle down them, hold them, ground them
Now let them free
Onward you eagles onto victory
Fight for the purple and white
Fight! Fight! Fight!
The School (this article was taken from ACCD.edu):
A more amusing anecdote concerns a(nother) San Antonio public high school and–surprisingly– the eighteenth century African-American poetess, Phillis Wheatley. Even though she entered childhood as a slave to a New England merchant family, from whom she took her surname, Wheatley is generally considered one of the most important American poets of the eighteenth century. Her collection of poetry, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (1773), was probably the first book by an African-American to be published. As a result of her accomplishment, when the original Brackenridge High School on the city’s south side, which had been built in 1919, was replaced with a new structure during the 1970’s, the District decided to rename it Phillis Wheatley High School, in honor of the first African-American author. Unfortunately, the name change did not please the close-knit alumni of the original Brackenridge campus, many of whom had attended the old school decades earlier, when that area of town was a prominent middle-class neighborhood. They simply wanted to hold on to the prominent local name with which they identified their high school traditions of years past. Their influence was strong enough that the San Antonio Independent School District changed the name of the new facility, located a few blocks east of the King William Historic District, back to Brackenridge High School, (in 1988) and the black poetess’ name was (changed) to an institution called Phillis Wheatley Middle School.
The school is named after:
George Washington Brackenridge was born in Warwick County, Indiana, in January of 1832. He attended the University of Indiana, and Harvard University. When his parents came to Texas in 1853, they settled at Texana (now a ghost town) in coastal Jackson County.
From 1857 to 1860 Brackenridge served as a Jackson County surveyor and when the Civil War erupted, he started trading cotton at Matamoros while his three brothers served on active duty with the Confederate Army.
Early in the war Brackenridge claimed Union sympathies and was banished from Texas.. He became United States Treasury agent in July of 1863, and worked in New Orleans after that city was occupied by Federal forces.
At war’s end, Brackenridge moved to San Antonio where he opened the San Antonio National Bank. He became president of the San Antonio Water Works, director of the San Antonio Express (the Express Publishing Company), served as a regent of the University of Texas from 1886-1911 and even found time to serve as president of the San Antonio school board.
Brackenridge, who never married, gave the bulk of his money (while living) to colleges and universities in Austin, San Antonio, Seguin and Galveston. He once proposed that the main campus of UT be moved to 500 acres on the Colorado River, which he had previously donated to the university.
Another gift was the park where his statue now sits. Incarnate Word College bought the Brackenridge home which it continues to maintain. He died in San Antonio in the last days of 1920 and was buried in the Brackenridge family cemetery near Edna.
( Article on TexasEscapes.com)