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NISD's mission is to provide all NISD students who are eligible to ride the bus a safe, efficient, nurturing environment that supports the educational and extra-curricular objectives of the district.


Northside ISD continues to enforce its “No Shots, No School” policy. Texas law requires all public school children have current immunizations in order to attend class.

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School Mascot: Raiders

School Colors: Red, White

Mission Statement:
To support each student in their ability to develop into highly effective citizens by providing an engaging, dynamic and challenging learning environment.

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Martha Cortinas-Fernandez - Principal
Martha Cortinas Fernandez is honored to be the Principal of William Howard Taft High School.

She earned her undergraduate degree from Texas State University and completed her Masters Degree at Wayland Baptist University in Educational Leadership.

Her work experience includes teaching for 16 years of her career. Mrs. Fernandez's administrative experience began at Taft High School. She has served as an assistant principal, a vice principal and now the principal for Taft High School.

Mrs. Fernandez has been married for 27 years and has two daughters, both of which have attended Northside schools.

Mrs. Fernandez recognizes the diversity of learning styles among our students and believes in providing a variety of strategies to make learning accessible to all students. Each student should have a stimulating educational environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. As principal she strives to provide a safe environment where students are comfortable, challenged, and can reach their full potential. Teachers work in Professional Learning Communities and incorporate the Fundamental Five best teaching practices She knows every classroom has its own unique community and strongly believes in the school vision of : Every Student Every Day.
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Richard Halle - Associate Principal

The Associate Principal also serves as the Campus Behavior Coordinator. They can be reached by email at or by phone at 210-397-6015.

Mr. Halle has been a Taft Raider for over 10 years and in the field of education of 13. After his service in the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Halle worked as a police officer in the Houston area. Mr. Halle earned his BA in History from the UTSA and his Master of Science in Educational Administration from Texas A&M-Kingsville. Mr. Halle believes that every student deserves the opportunity to succeed and every student can succeed. Mr. Halle feels very lucky to work with the community, students and staff on campus, and he is very proud to be a Taft Raider.

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