Our School

  • The history of Thomas Jefferson High in El Paso, Texas started before World War II when citizens in the vicinity of Burleson Elementary began to talk about the need for a secondary school. Little was done until after the war. In 1946, the educational facilities in El Paso were overcrowded. Spatial limitations were particularly evident at Bowie High School, El Paso High School, and Austin High School. These three establishments offered secondary education to students throughout the entire city. Many meetings and petitions led to the board’s decision to construct a new high school on the grounds of Burleson Elementary, 4700 Alameda Avenue, and surrounding property, which amounts to nearly seven and one-half acres. J.M. Whitaker was appointed principal of both Burleson Elementary School and Burleson High School. With the school board’s approval in 1948, Mr. Whitaker and the Parent Teacher Association decided to name the high school after Thomas Jefferson. In the process of ordering football and band uniforms, Mr. Whitaker and the Parent Teacher Association chose silver and scarlet as the school’s colors. On September 6, 1949, the school opened its doors to hundreds of students for the very first time. Many traditional activities were started in the initial years; the selection of a ROTC queen, the annual ball, a senior prom, the awarding of “J” sweaters, and other activities have become customary. With each passing year, Jefferson High School reminds us,

    “Once a Fox-Always a Fox.”

  • Principal
    Edgar Rincon



    Assistant Principals

    Catherine Costanzo Granados - Administrator of Guidance & Instruction: ctcostan@episd.org 

    Isabel White - A-L  Discipline: irwhite@episd.org 

    Robert Padilla - M-Z  Discipline: rxpadill@episd.org

    Sara Luna - Silva Magnet  Discipline: sckarlsr@episd.org 


    Important Numbers

    Main Line 915-236-7400

    School Fax 915-532-2033

    Principal's Secretary 915-236-7418

    Attendance Office 915-236-7401

    Discipline 915-236-7400

    PEIMS Office 915-236-7407


    Registrar 915-236-7419

    Registrar Assistant 915-236-7420

    Student Records engonzal@episd.org

    Student Records Fax 915-532-2033


Jefferson High School
  • Thomas Jefferson High School

  • Address
    4700 Alameda 
    El Paso, TX  79905

    9th-12th Grade

    Silver Fox

    School Colors
    Silver & Scarlet