School History

Celebrating Over 150 Years in Brownsville with Over 100 Years of Marist Presence

 Founded in 1865 by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Saint Joseph Academy opened and closed several times in its earliest years. In 1906, Marist Brothers from Mexico arrived and reopened the school that has remained open continuously since. It initially operated as an elementary school for boys. By 1916, the Academy accepted boarders and in 1926, the three-story building, known as the “Old Saint Joseph Academy”, was constructed on a site where the International Bank of Commerce now stands in downtown Brownsville. In 1930, the first high school students were graduated. In 1940 the Sisters of the Holy Ghost assumed operation of the elementary school. The new campus on its present location was opened in 1959, and served boys in grades 7 - 12.
In 1971, the school became coeducational, accepting its first female students in grades 7, 8 and 9. From the late nineteen-seventies until present, the school has undergone a gradual process of growth and transformation evident in the expansion of its student body and the improvement of its programs and facilities. In August 2005, the Academy opened the new Middle Division Building, designed to meet the educational and developmental needs of its middle division students.


1st Edition Early 1800s- Sunday, April 27    
2nd Edition Civil War, Sunday, May 4  
3rd Edition Post Civil War - Sunday, May 11         
4th Edition 1869-1870 - Sunday, May 18     
5th Edition Early 1900s - Sunday, May 25              
6th Edition 1920-1930 - Sunday, June 1     
7th Edition 1930 - Sunday, June 8                            
8th Edition 1939-1940s - Sunday, June 15    
9th Edition 1940s-1950s - Sunday, July 6                
10th Edition – Oscar Garcia – Sunday, July 13  
11th Edition – 1958-1959 - Sunday, July 20              
12th Edition – 1958-1959 - Sunday, August 3
13th Edition –  Zavaletas- Sunday, August 10         
14th Edition-1959-Sunday, August 17 
15th Edition-August 23 Gonzalez&Lackner-Sunday, Aug. 24
16th Edition- 1970s-August 31                                   
17th Edition-Coach Zavaletta-Sunday, Sept. 7   
18th Edition-1970-1980-Sunday, Sept .14                 
19th Edition-Meme Garza-Sunday- Sept.21        
20th Edition-Trott&Tamayo-Sunday,Sept. 28           
21st Edition – Tony Cantu – Sunday-Oct.5
22nd Edition-Financial Assistance Sunday, Oct. 12
23rd Edition –Beth Pace– Sunday, Oct. 19
24th Edition- Lindsay Irwin -Sunday, Oct. 26               
25th Edition – Antonio Garza-Sunday, Nov. 9

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