The library at the Frank Tejeda Academy now bears a new name. It was dedicated to the late Judge Andy Mireles on Tuesday, October 9. Mireles’ widow, Margaret, his brother, Gene and wife Estela, State Representative Carlos Uresti, fellow judges, district officials and students were all on hand to celebrate his life and life’s work.
Judge Mireles served 20 years as the 73rd District Court Judge and was the Chairman of the Bexar County Juvenile Board for 12 years. He was remembered as a stern but fair judge, one who gave young offenders a second chance to get on the right path. He, oftentimes, would even attend the graduation ceremonies of criminals who’d once stood before his bench. At Harlandale ISD, Judge Mireles became a familiar face as he attended school board meetings to update trustees on students from the district. He even praised HISD for how well it handled offenders and still provided them with opportunities to continue their education.
It was a fitting tribute to dedicate the library to him at a school whose mission aligns right along with Judge Mireles’ beliefs. The Frank Tejeda Academy is an academic alternative school that serves students from middle school up until age 26. It offers classes from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. so students can earn their high school diploma, get their GED, and/or learn English.
Judge Mireles passed away December 15, 2009 at the age of 59 but his legacy will live on at the Frank Tejeda Academy.