San Benito

San Benito is a city in Cameron County, Texas, United States. On April 3, 2007, San Benito celebrated the 100th anniversary of its naming. The post office was named “Diaz” from April to May 1907. The San Benito Museum, Freddy Fender Museum and Conjunto Music Museum opened in the same building Nov. 17, 2007. On October 25, 1975, on the television show Hee Haw, Freddy Fender saluted his hometown of San Benito, population 15,177. San Benito is part of the Brownsville–Harlingen–Raymondville and the Matamoros–Brownsville metropolitan areas.

San Benito is known as the “Resaca City”. The Resaca de los Fresnos, 400-foot (120 m) wide, flows through the city. As indicated by its Spanish name, the resaca was a dry river bed. It is now the main canal of a large irrigation system.

San Benito was a village with a moderate number of homes, businesses, churches, and public schools several years before they were incorporated in 1911. The original map of the townsite was recorded 28 April 1907. The first school was established in 1907 with 48 pupils and Miss Kate Purvis as the teacher. The post office also opened in 1907. In 1927 the city adopted a commission form of government operating under a home rule charter.

The San Benito Consolidated Independent School District serves San Benito. The local high school is San Benito High School. SBCISD has 2 high schools, Veterans Memorial Academy and San Benito High School; three middle schools, Riverside, Berta Cabaza, and Miller Jordan. In addition, South Texas Independent School District serves San Benito and many nearby communities by providing several magnet schools. South Texas Academy of Medical Technology (Med Tech) is located in San Benito.


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