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Joseph W. Nixon High School, usually known as J. W. Nixon High School, is a public high school located in Laredo in Webb County in south Texas. It is part of the Laredo Independent School District. J. W. Nixon was built in 1964 as the second high school in Laredo. The original LISD high school is Martin High School, previously known as Laredo High School.Since the 2011-2012 school year, Gerardo "Jerry" Cruz is principal.Nixon High School is undergoing a $40 million renovation. Older buildings on campus will be demolished to create a reconfigured two-story building centered about a U-shaped courtyard. Funds for the project are mostly derived from a construction bond package approved by voters.About 2 a.m. on December 7, 2012, arsonists torched three portable buildings at Nixon High School. Three other classrooms sustained smoke damage. No individuals were physically harmed in the fire, which remains under investigation by the Laredo Fire Department.HistoryJ. W. Nixon opened its doors in September 1964. The first class graduated in May 1965. Initially, Nixon served as a junior high/high school with grades seven through twelve. The original campus included the administration/library building, the A, B, C, and D buildings, as well as the science wing. The school property consisted of and the cost of construction was $151,047,568. W. E. Lockey served as Nixon's first principal. In 2007 J.W. Nixon had a record breaking with more than 400 student graduating.