CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Octavio “O.B.” Garcia, who has captured hearts and influenced the young minds of south Texas, was honored during a dedication ceremony for the newly-named Octavio B. Garcia Library at Martin Middle School on Thursday, Feb. 6. Garcia is currently a Teacher Recruitment Coordinator at Texas A&M University-Corpus and has remained an active figure in education.
More than 250 guests attended the dedication including the Corpus Christi Independent School District Superintendent D. Scott Elliff, State Reps. Abel Herrero and Todd Hunter. Special remarks were given by Dr. Arthur Hernandez, Dean of the College of Education at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and Garcia’s daughter, Dr. Alma Garcia.
“I couldn’t believe all of the wonderful things they were saying about me,” said Garcia. “I felt humbled, but blessed because I was able to be there to enjoy such a great moment”.
To celebrate the occasion, Garcia served as “Principal for the Day” at Martin Middle School. During the day, he addressed matters relating to the school including lunch duty. Garcia served as the first principal of Martin Middle school from 1970 to 1986.
“It brought back a lot of memories because I supervised the breakfast program and the lunch hour in the cafeteria,” said Garcia. “I walked the halls I had walked many years ago. I was treated like a king by the staff and students.”
To show their support, Martin staff wore O.B. Garcia spirit T-shirts. Past and present day pictures of Garcia were added to the Martin Middle School Trojan logo along with his quote, “Education is something no one can take away from you.”
Garcia has served as a University Adjunct Professor and as President of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi National Alumni Association Board of Directors. Garcia is a 1954 graduate, who received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, from the University of Corpus Christi, now Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
This latest honor will be added to a long list of achievements including Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 2008 Athletic Hall of Honor Inductee; San Diego, Texas, ISD 1995 Hall of Honor Inductee; 1992 and1987 Top Secondary Principal in Corpus Christi; and May 17, 1985 proclaimed “O.B. Garcia Day” by the City of Corpus Christi.
In addition, Garcia was named 2011 Educator of the Year by Alpha Delta Kappa District IV, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 2008 Distinguished Alumnus, A&M-Corpus Christi 2005 Outstanding Alumnus, and Texas Outstanding Secondary School Principal of the Year for 1992.