On February 13, 2013, Mr. Rey Madrigal was named Superintendent of the Harlandale ISD. Mr. Madrigal had been serving as the Interim Superintendent since June 2012 but his roots in the district stem back to his childhood.
Raised in the community, Mr. Madrigal graduated from Harlandale High School in 1982. His first job was at Lackland AFB but he soon realized it wasn’t quite for him. When opportunity came knocking, Mr. Madrigal answered and headed straight into his first role as an educator, becoming a Special Education Teacher and Coach in 1986. He took on both roles at his alma mater then moved on to McCollum High School and later became the Athletics Coordinator and Head Football Coach. In the years to follow, Mr. Madrigal started climbing the administrative ladder. He served as Vice Principal at McCollum, Principal at Harlandale Middle School and then was named Principal at Harlandale High School in 2005. He was able to transform the school from Academically Unacceptable to Recognized as deemed by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) from 2008-2010. A year later, Mr. Madrigal was chosen as the Assistant Superintendent for Operations where he saved the district more than $100,000 in overtime costs and was overseeing the completion of Bond 2006 & Bond 2009. Mr. Madrigal was named Interim Superintendent by a 5-0 vote of the Board of Trustees on June 21, 2012.
Because he is an educational leader, Mr. Madrigal has been invited to present at several conferences, including the National Leadership Conference on Effective Schools in the 21st Century and the 2011 Principal’s Forum. There is no denying Mr. Madrigal’s commitment to education or to the children of Harlandale. He has spent 30 years serving students and has even helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for scholarships by organizing the Friends of the Indians Golf Tournament.
Mr. Madrigal received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Master’s of Science in School Administration from Texas A&M University at Kingsville and Superintendent’s Certification from the Region 20 Texas Superintendents’ Certification Institute.
Mr. Madrigal is married and has two daughters. In his free time he enjoys playing golf and barbecuing.