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Rodriguez Middle School dedication set for Monday, Dec. 4

The Denton Independent School District will formally dedicate Dr. Rudy and Rosemary Rodriguez Middle School at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4 in the school’s cafetorium, 8650 Martop Road in Oak Point. Student led tours of the facility will precede the ceremony at 6:30 p.m.


Named after longtime public education advocates, Dr. Rudy and Rosemary Rodriguez, the Home of the Vipers is the district’s eighth middle school and the newest member of the Braswell High attendance zone. The campus was designed by Corgan and built by Balfour Beatty Construction.


“This facility centers on the ultimate cooperative space for our students to learn and work together, which falls in line with the Rodriguez family’s ability to help everyone across the state understand the importance of education for children of all races and cultures,” said Dr. Jamie Wilson, superintendent of schools. 


The 176,100 square foot state-of-the-art campus situated in Oak Point, will feature 42 classrooms surrounded by open, collaborative learning spaces filled with natural light as well as courtyards for educational use. The building is supported by more than 300 geothermal wells and a self-sustaining retention pond designed to be used both for energy efficiency and as an educational tool. 


“We’re honored to be attached to such a great, fast-growing community like the one in Oak Point,” Dr. Rodriguez said. “This is very special and an enormous honor for myself, my wife and our family. It gives validation to the time and work we’ve given to this district and the children of Denton ISD.”


A former professor at both the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University, Dr. Rodriguez served as a teacher and mentor to hundreds of teachers and administrators in Denton ISD. His in-depth knowledge of the public education system comes from more than 40 years of advocacy and he’s regarded by many as a pioneer for bilingual education locally and across the state.


Mrs. Rodriguez worked as a social worker with the district for 22 years after serving as a counselor at UNT. She served on the Texas State Board of Social Workers, as a board member for the Denton County Children’s Advocacy Center, and as an advocate for the Denton Christian Pre-School and LULAC.


“I felt that I’d be a better advocate for [Denton ISD’s] families and students if I became more involved in the community,” said Mrs. Rodriguez.