Joseph Franklin Cummings was born in Brownsville, Texas on July 16, 1851 to Ann (Jones) and Franklin Cummings. He attended Wesleyan University and West Point, and later took part in the Indian wars of 1876. After he retired from the military, he briefly settled in Galveston as a teacher. Shortly after, he returned to Brownsville to provide leadership to the community, at which time he organized Brownsville's first public school system. The original school was opened near what is now known as Washingtion Park. Cummings became known as the founder of the Brownsville public education system. On Labor Day, 1951, Cummings Junior High, named in his honor, opened as one of the most modern public school buildings in Texas. A long, low school building with 30 rooms featured a Harmon lighting system that utilized natural light to reduce glare, wide terrazzo-tiled corridors, gas overhead blower-type heating system, and a "cafetorium" which combined the cafeteria and auditorium. Notably, Cummings featured "greenboards" to replace the old time "blackboards." Since then, the building has added a gymnasium, a sixth grade wing and a science/technology wing.
Our Mission: We believe that knowledge prepares students for life. Thus, our mission is to provide the best possible education in an environment which fosters enthusiasm for continuous learning. We are committed to cultivating partnerships that meet the needs of students, parents and community in order to pave the way for success.
Cummings Middle School
1800 Cummings Place
Brownsville, Texas 78520
BISD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability or genetic information in employment or provision of services, programs or activities.
BISD no discrimina a base de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, religion, edad, incapacidad o información genética en el empleo o la disposición de servicios, programas o actividades.