Gus Garcia YMLA Honor Namesake in Memorial Service

Students and staff at the Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy will honor the campus’ namesake at a community memorial service Monday morning. Garcia passed away in December 2018 after a full life of service to the city of Austin and Austin ISD. 

What: Campus and community memorial for Gus Garcia, the namesake of the Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy — the district’s all-boys middle school in East Austin. 

Garcia served on the AISD Board of Trustees from 1972 to 1978, including as president of the board during his final year. Garcia also served as the first Hispanic mayor of Austin after a successful election in 2001. He served a total of 10 years on city council. 

Who: Speakers include Superintendent Paul Cruz, Gus Garcia YMLA Principal Sterlin McGruder, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett and State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez. 

Student performances, including the Gus Garcia YMLA drumline and band, will be highlights of the service. 

When: 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14.

Where: Gus Garcia YMLA, 7414 Johnny Morris Road.