2011 Inductee - Ruben F. Garza

2011 Inductee - Ruben F. Garza


Ruben F. Garza is the epitome of lifelong devotion to betterment of the education and living conditions of some of migrant families and their children.

Ruben was born in San Antonio, Texas, on August 31, 1949 to Reverend Josue and Louisa Garza. Ruben, his ten siblings were raised in San Antonio, where he attended school. In 1973, he graduated from Texas A & M University with a B.S. Ruben’s family moved to Stockton, California in 1977. He earned a MA from San Jose State University in 1979. Ruben presently lives in Stockton with his wife Elaine and is the proud father of Joseph and Eleanna.

From 1978 to 1997, Ruben worked as Administrator for the Migrant Education Program, Region 111, through the Merced County Superintendent of Schools. His responsibilities included administering educational, housing, and teacher training programs that improved the quality of migrant families. These programs included the Mini Teacher Corps, the Migrant Transitional Adult Program at Delta College and the MESA Program at UOP. From 1997 to 2000, Ruben served as Assistant Principal at Fremont Middle School, became Principal of James Monroe School for six years, then became Principal of Maxine Kinston Elementary School. After 37 years as a school administrator, he retired in 2009.

Ruben Garza has received numerous awards and recognition for his efforts, including: California State Senate in 1989 for his work in providing families affordable housing, California/Mexico Bi-national Educational Task Force Commission, The Association of California School Administrators, California School Leadership Academy Senior Associates, San Joaquin Delta College, California State Migrant Mini Corps Program and the California Action Learning Systems.

Ruben’s volunteer work includes: the UOP Minority Engineering Program, the interagency committee for the construction of three migrant labor centers, Bi-national Educational Task Force that established curricula to benefit migrant education students during their stay in Mexico, served on the BEAM Scholarship Association, which gave hundreds of scholarships to local migrant students, the Visionary Home Builders of California for the last 26 years, & the Lakeview Assembly Church of God. He continues to volunteer in political campaigns whose platforms focus on the needs of the Latino community.