There were no books in the library or stripes on the parking lot on the opening day of
operation for Perkins Middle School in 1987. The school’s first principal, Hector Hernandez, was ready in spite of the temporary setbacks to open his new school to an anxious group of students. Perkins Middle School was named for Louise C. Perkins, a 41-year veteran of public education in Brownsville. Ms. Perkins also served as Dean of Women and Registrar at Brownsville Junior College, now known as UT-Brownsville/Texas Southmost College.