DOWNTOWN EL PASO — Today is a special day for one elementary school in Downtown El Paso.
The celebration kicked off this morning by paying tribute to Olivas Villanueva Aoy, the school's founder.
On January 5, 1888, the school board provided for a school, that we know now as Aoy Elementary, to teach Mexican children the English language, a preparatory to their admission to the public schools.
The Board also elected Professor Aoy as the school's teacher.
Back then, the school was located at the corner of Chihuahua and San Francisco streets.
In January of 1890, there were 55 students.
Admission to the school was free, and it was solely intended to prepare Mexican children to enter the American public schools.
The school has grown to 535 students today and the mission has changed and evolved. Today, Aoy is educating children with 21st century technology and preparing them for college and beyond.
The school is located at 901 S. Campbell.
Aoy is one of EPISD's oldest elementary schools.