Esparza

Campus Information

Principal:
Billy Navin
Vice Principal:
Lisa Morris
School Hours:
7:45am - 2:45pm
Phone: (210) 397-1850
Fax: (210) 431-5843
Year Open:
1972
School Mascot:
Eagles
School Colors:
Blue, White

Boundary Information

Bond Information

Construction funded by Bond 1968

Gregorio Esparza

5700 Hemphill Dr
78228 San Antonio , TX

Namesake

Gregorio Esparza was one of 10 Texians of Mexican descent who fought and died defending the Alamo. The Esparza family, who had been long-time residents of San Antonio, became divided in their beliefs about government. This resulted in Gregorio and his brother Francisco fighting on opposite sides against each other at the Battle of the Alamo. Gregorio, a Federalist, fought with the Texas Army; while Francisco, a Centralist, supported Santa Anna and the Mexican army.

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Gregorio Esparza was one of 10 Texians of Mexican descent who fought and died defending the Alamo. The Esparza family, who had been long-time residents of San Antonio, became divided in their beliefs about government. This resulted in Gregorio and his brother Francisco fighting on opposite sides against each other at the Battle of the Alamo. Gregorio, a Federalist, fought with the Texas Army; while Francisco, a Centralist, supported Santa Anna and the Mexican army.

The Esparza family was originally descended from Canary Islanders, some of the first European families to move to Texas. Gregorio's family had moved to the area of San Antonio de Bexar in 1795 where Gregorio was later born on March 11, 1808. Gregorio was the youngest of six children born to Juan and Maria Esparza and he lived all of his brief life in San Antonio. As a young boy, he did not go to school, but helped his parents work. When he was older, he worked as a "jornalero" (day-laborer) farmer and did odd jobs for the local priest.

As Texas' struggle for independence grew, Gregorio became a private in the Benavides company under Juan Seguin. He believed in a democratic constitution and that people should have the right to vote and express themselves, free of Mexico's rule. When word came that Santa Anna was sending an army to take over San Antonio, Gregorio planned for his wife Ana and four children to leave for a safer area. When they were trapped by the arrival of the Mexican army, Ana and the children sought refuge with Gregorio at the Alamo.

During the final battle on March 6, 1836, Gregorio was hit by a fatal cannon ball in his chest, while his wife and children watched. After the battle ended, Santa Anna released the women and children of the Alamo. Because Gregorio's brother Francisco served Santa Anna in his army, he received permission to give Gregorio a proper burial at the San Fernando Campo Santo.

January 16, 2015

NISD schools & offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 19 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

January 16, 2015

Principal Ada Bohlken and the Faculty and Staff of Oliver Wendell Holmes High School cordially invite you to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Oliver Wendell Holmes High School.  Wednesday, February 4, 2015 6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium.   Refreshments in the cafeteria following program.  Please click here for more information.

January 15, 2015

The flu season is upon us. Northside ISD  is seeing a small increase in illness outbreaks at some schools, although not all cases are the flu but also are seasonal allergies and colds. NISD has more than 103,000 students in 116 schools.