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  • G.W. Brackenridge High School is dedicated to graduating all students as empowered, community-minded, college-ready students who think innovatively, reason logically, and contribute as 21st Century globally-competent citizens.

  • G.W. Brackenridge High School will educate every student to be self-sufficient, strengthen every student to be competitive in all challenges of mind and heart, and nurture every student to value wisdom in a diverse world through multiple pathways that incorporate 21st Century skills, a globally sensitive curriculum and service learning.

  • We believe high quality instruction uses collaboration, and data driven decisions to provide authentic, innovative, student centered learning that challenges students to be continuous learners in a future they create.

    We will cultivate a safe learning environment that uses social emotional wellness to foster relationships that empower students to communicate openly where they are successful both inside and outside the classroom. 

    We will continue to grow a culture of high expectations for students, staff and administration by holding one another and ourselves accountable for increased student achievement and academic growth.

  • George Washington Brackenridge was born in Warwick County, Indiana, in January of 1832. He attended the University of Indiana, and Harvard University. When his parents came to Texas in 1853, they settled at Texana (now a ghost town) in coastal Jackson County.

    From 1857 to 1860 Brackenridge served as a Jackson County surveyor and when the Civil War erupted, he started trading cotton at Matamoros while his three brothers served on active duty with the Confederate Army.

    Early in the war Brackenridge claimed Union sympathies and was banished from Texas.. He became United States Treasury agent in July of 1863, and worked in New Orleans after that city was occupied by Federal forces.

    At war’s end, Brackenridge moved to San Antonio where he opened the San Antonio National Bank. He became president of the San Antonio Water Works, director of the San Antonio Express (the Express Publishing Company), served as a regent of the University of Texas from 1886-1911 and even found time to serve as president of the San Antonio school board.

    Brackenridge, who never married, gave the bulk of his money (while living) to colleges and universities in Austin, San Antonio, Seguin and Galveston. He once proposed that the main campus of UT be moved to 500 acres on the Colorado River, which he had previously donated to the university.

    Another gift was the park where his statue now sits. Incarnate Word College bought the Brackenridge home which it continues to maintain. He died in San Antonio in the last days of 1920 and was buried in the Brackenridge family cemetery near Edna.

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    We are with you heart and soul
    We will fight and win our goal
    Ranking high you know why;
    Just because you carried through
    All those things that are great and good
    Brackenridge, here’s success to you
    BHS, o’er the rest
    In the game of life we lead
    Fighting fair do-or-dare
    Thanks to thee and to thy creed
    We will go but we know in a pleasant memory
    Will be always within our hearts
    Of the days we spent with thee



    Onward eagles, onward eagles
    Fight right through that line
    Circle right around those end boys
    Touchdown sure this time! Rah! Rah! Rah!
    Tackle down them, hold them, ground them
    Now let them free
    Onward you eagles onto victory
    Fight for the purple and white
    Fight! Fight! Fight!



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