AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin community celebrated the renaming of an Austin Independent School District campus after a fallen Army sergeant.
The school is now called Navarro Early College High School after U.S. Army Sgt. Juan P. Navarro.
District Superintendent Paul Cruz, Trustee Ann Teich and Principal Steven Covin spoke at the ribbon-cutting for the school located at 1201 Payton Gin Rd. KXAN’s photojournalist Frank Martinez was there to witness the reaction from family members as the official renaming happened.
Navarro grew up in the Rundberg community, was a school athlete and mentored young students. He graduated from Lanier High School in 2007 and died while serving in 2012.
AISD administrators introduced the topic of renaming five district sites in November 2017 who held names of people associated with the Confederacy. Those were the John T. Allan Facility, Zachary Taylor Fulmore Middle School, Eastside memorial Early College High School at the Johnston Campus and Sidney Lanier Early College High School and John H. Reagan Early College High School.