Madrid Middle School Celebrates 20 Years of Educating Students

by Michele Earle

Madrid Middle School celebrated its 20th anniversary at a special rally commemorating two decades of educating students.

by Michele Earle
May 3, 2013 • 464 views

El Monte

Madrid Middle School, in the Mountain View School District has provided outstanding instruction since opening its doors for the 1992-1993 school year and recently celebrated its 20th anniversary at a special rally.  Joining in the celebration were staff members and students who called Madrid home during the past two decades.

“We are so excited to celebrate this special anniversary,” said Bonnie Tanaka, Madrid’s principal.  “For the past 20 years Madrid has provided a quality education and a positive and productive middle school experience for thousands of students, and we plan to continue that tradition for many more years to come.”

One of Madrid’s original teachers, and its first Teacher of the Year award winner, Donna McEntire gave a glimpse of life at Madrid during its inaugural year.

“When we opened our doors on September 9, 1992 half of the school was still under construction and the staff only had two days to get classrooms ready to welcome students.  Our determined and dedicated group of 32 teachers worked hard to ensure Madrid’s 690 students had access to the very best education possible,” said McEntire.

The original staff and students made several decisions that would have a lasting impact on the school, such as the books to be used, the creation of a middle school culture and the school colors and mascot.

“We almost became the Madrid Middle School Mallards, because of the close proximity of the duck farm, but the students voted to be the Madrid Bulldogs which was a great choice.  Our first year was a great year and we got off to a great start.  Today I am very proud to be here to celebrate the past 20 years and I look forward with anticipation to many more years of academic success for Madrid students,” McEntire added.

An original member of the class of 1993 was on hand for the celebration and raved about her years at Madrid.

“My middle school years here at Madrid were so much fun!” said Isabel Sauceda, former student.  “The teachers were great and we had a lot of activities we could participate in.  I have many great memories of my time as a Bulldog.”

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