2006
Ben L. Brite Elementary
In 2006, students began attending classes at the district’s 33rd elementary school which was named for beloved educator Ben L. Brite. Brite moved to Brownsville in 1932 and began teaching and coaching at Brownsville High School. In 1940, he was named principal of Brownsville High School. One year later, he assumed the role of Superintendent of Brownsville schools, a post he held until 1945. While Superintendent, Brite added additional responsibilities as Dean, and later, as President of Brownsville Junior College. A second stint as Superintendent took place from 1959-1962. Brite’s influence and legacy were so profound that a groundswell of support from local citizens convinced the Board of Trustees to name a school for him. Frank Ortiz was Brite’s first principal.
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