This notable campus is named for Mariano Gonzalez, a beloved local bus driver who spent nearly three decades transporting students to and from school and special events; initially led by principal Neida Ruth Soto, the school opened its doors in the fall of 1986, and the new building garnered praise for its bright and cheerful interior; the school adopted purple, white, and black as its official colors and the mustang as its mascot. Today, Gonzalez Elementary serves more than 800 students in early education through fifth grade; under the guidance of principal Billy J. Cobos, the dedicated faculty and staff work tirelessly to equip their students with the ability to think independently and communicate effectively, along with other essential academic skills. The education of young Texans is of great importance to the future of our state, and for the past 35 years.