This month, please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our Hispanic community!

Did You Know?

  • Hispanic Heritage Week observance started under President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30 day period from September 15 to October 15.
  • In 1565, Spanish explorer Pedro Menéndez de Avilés established the first European settlement in the land later to be known as the United States.
  • Jose Manuel Gallego was the first Hispanic of Mexican descent elected as a Territorial Delegate to Congress.
  • Hispanic inventors invented color tv, CAPTCHA, the modern day ballpoint pen, and oral contraceptives.
  • Today , more than 136,000 Hispanic soldiers serve in the US military and 60 have won the Me dal of Honor, the country’s highest military award.
  • The US Hispanic population is 59.9 million (as of July 2018), making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority at 18.3%.
  • Hispanic workers are the fastest growing labor force in the United States.
Cesar Chavez
United Farm Workers Founder
Dr. Ellen Ochoa
1st Hispanic woman to leave Earth’s atmosphere
Sonia Sotomayor
1st Latina Supreme Court Justice in US history
Jamie Escalante
One of the most famous educators in American history