About Our Namesake - Daniel Ortiz, Jr.
Daniel Ortiz, Jr. was a native Houstonian, born and raised in Magnolia, a neighborhood in Houston’s East End. He was a devoted family man, loyal friend, and dedicated educator whose community involvement, and peer recognition provided him with a deep understanding of his responsibility to give back to his city and community.
Daniel Ortiz, Jr. graduated as a product of the HISD school system with the Charles Milby Sr. High School class of 1955.
He graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in History Education and then enlisted in the U.S. Army. He began his professional career in HISD as a history teacher and English teacher. He then continued to serve throughout his career as an assistant principal at George Washington and McReynolds Jr. High Schools, principal of Marshall Jr. High School, Assistant Superintendent of HISD Area V, and lastly, Associate Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent of HISD School Administrators.
Mr. Daniel Ortiz, Jr. became one of the District’s highest-ranking administrators at a time when few Hispanics served in leadership roles. On August 31, 1992, Mr. Ortiz retired as HISD's Superintendent of School Operations.
Daniel Ortiz, Jr. was an exemplary educator and served as a role model for children and employees whose lives he touched.
Daniel Ortiz, Jr. Middle School was named in his honor in October 2002.
Compiled by Blanca Barahona and Barbara Rivas, 8/30/2009.