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Austin High holds memorial for El Pasoan, first female justice Sandra Day O’Connor


EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- Austin High School held a memorial today to pay tribute to the life and legacy of Chief Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, an esteemed alumna of the El Paso Independent School District. Justice O’Connor, the first woman to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, passed away on Dec. 1, 2023.

An El Paso Independent School District spokesperson issued the following statement:

"Justice O’Connor’s impact on the legal history of the nation is immeasurable, and her connection to the El Paso Independent School District runs deep. She enrolled at Austin High School at the age of 16 and graduated sixth in her class in 1946. Her time at Austin High School left an indelible mark on her, shaping the foundations of her future achievements."


The memorial featured a showcase of memorabilia, including yearbooks, photos, and more. The program concluded with a dove release accompanied by the playing of taps.

El Paso Judge Sue Kurita, students from the Sandra Day O’Connor Public Service Academy, and Austin High School Principal Cyndi Ponce all spoke at the event.

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