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History of James Pace Early College High School

Pace High School was part of the second generation of Brownsville high schools. Opening in the mid-70’s with Porter High School, Pace was part of the break from tradition in Brownsville secondary education. No longer would all high school students attend Brownsville High School, later known as Hanna High School. James Pace served six terms during the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s as a BISD Board Member. He was also known for his tireless community involvement. Edward Manzano was the school’s first principal. Pace was the first BISD campus to provide breakfast at school to aid learning.


James Pace Early College High School, educates students, graduates leaders and empowers the community.


James Pace High School will foster a safe, nurturing, intellectually challenging environment that ensures success for all students by developing pride, accountability, character, and excellence in the classroom, in the home, and in the community.