School HighlightsTravis Elementary is centrally located in the heart of Harlingen. Our school has digital classrooms in every grade level including music and a fully equipped Information Literacy Center (ILC). Several student & family events and programs are held at our school to ensure that our commitment of excellence is well communicated. STEM night, Winter Fest, Literacy Day and Family Literacy Night, Attendance Incentives and Recognition, Robotics Team, U.I.L., Chess Team, Istation Incentive Program are just a few of the events and programs available for all students. Our school has earned various commendations in the past and was recently recognized by the Texas Education Agency to have Academic Achievement in Science. Because we don't just bring to light only the high achievers but those who try their very best, we hold school-wide assemblies every Friday morning to recognize all types of student achievement/improvement and to reinforce our school motto, that here at "Travis Elementary... " we're "Nothing but the Best!"Travis Elementary was named after William Barrett Travis. Travis was in command of a small garrison at the Alamo where he was killed in hand-to-hand combat with the Mexican Army in March of 1836. The original Travis Elementary was built in 1925 where our playground sits. It was rebuilt in our current location in 1974 and remodeled in 2002. Travis Elementary has educated generations of area residents and our halls now house many grandchildren of the first students.
William Barret Travis
A True American Hero
by Wiley Martin
BIOGRAPHYWilliam Barret Travis was born as the eldest of eleven children on August 9, 1809 in South Carolina. Travis' boyhood centered around the work of the family farm until 1817 when the family moved to Alabama. While in Alabama, Travis became an attorney and a partner in a law firm. In 1828, he married Roseanne Cato and together they had two children. He began the publication of a newspaper, joined the Masonic Order and accepted a position as a temporary member of the Alabama militia. Travis moved to Texas early in 1831. Later he heroically took command during the Battle of the Alamo. Travis became an American symbol of unyielding courage and heroism as he and over 180 defenders gave their lives for Texas independence on March 6, 1836. Our elementary school was dedicated and named for this true Texas hero in 1974.