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Raymond & Tirza Martin High School, known as Martin High School, is a secondary institution of learning located in the Laredo Independent School District in Laredomarker, Texasmarker. Grades 9th through 12th are taught there. It serves students living in central Laredo. The school is adjacent to the Laredo Civic Center.

In 2007, Martin High School was cited by the Texas Education Agency in Austinmarker, for having performed below U.S. academic standards. The institution trailed acceptable standards in reading and mathematics instruction and was given "Stage 3" sanctions. Martin is one of forty-seven schools in Texas in the "Stage 3" category. The school was informed in 2008 that if it does not improve its academic standing, it could be converted to a charter school, have its administrative staff replaced, or be taken over by the State of Texas.

In 2009, Laredo Independent School District officials said that efforts would be redoubled to teach English to a remaining group of students who continue to prefer Spanish in most conversations. "We need to speak as much English as possible," said Severita Sanchez, the LISD executive director of compliance and accountability. School officials blamed the weak foundation in English for poor performance on academic skills tests.


Entrance to Martin High School (renovated in 2008)

The Colonel Roberto Flores Academic and Wellness Center on the Martin High School campus

Laredo High School (Laredo's first public school) was founded in 1916 at the present day La Posada Hotel. In 1937, Laredo High School was moved to San Bernardo Avenue and renamed Martin High School. The school mascot is a Tiger. It was the only public high school in Laredo from 1937 until 1964, when J. W. Nixon High School opened in The Heights neighborhood.

Martin High School is well known for its band, also acknowledged as "La Banda Del Animo." The most popular and energetic song played by this band is their "Fight Song". Martin High has several distinctions under its belt as their band was the first band invited from Laredo to perform at a Dallas Cowboys game and has been invited to perform at several parades around the state of Texas. Martin sports the only basketball team from Laredo ever to win a State Basketball Championship—in 1952. Several of the schools sayings are "The Pride of Laredo," and the most well-known is "Once A Tiger, Always A Tiger."

One of Martin High's most enduring teachers was Elizabeth Sorrell (1909-2007) who taught principally English in the Laredo Independent School District from 1931-1979. Thereafter, she launched a second career as the popular society columnist for the Laredo Morning Times.

Martin High School has a very successful Crime Stoppers Program under the direction of Sandra Rocha. The school together with the Laredo Independent School District Campus Crime Stoppers have won numerous awards at the state, national, and international level. The director for the LISD Campus Crime Stoppers Program is Estela Quintanilla. Both Rocha and Quintanilla are Martin High graduates.

Magnet school

Martin High School also houses Dr. Dennis D. Cantu Health and Science Magnet School, which focuses on health and science education. The students may choose from two different paths in the magnet school. The magnet school is named for Cantu, a member of the Laredo Independent School Board.

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