52nd anniversary of the Miguel Pintor school

In 1970, the Port Works Board in Santa Cruz de Tenerife created a school for the children of its employees, using 1% of the budget from the Social Works section for its operation. The school was installed very close to the La Alegría neighborhood, on José Martí Avenue in this capital, in the space where in 1943 it was planned to locate an annex to the Canary Islands naval base that, years later, would be considered unsuitable for Defense .

Next to this site, the Port Works Board had built 110 homes for its workers, whose children had to travel a long way to attend the nearest school. For this reason, Miguel Pintor González, director engineer of the Board of Works of the Port, considered it appropriate to use the rooms that had been built for the aforementioned naval base and transformed them into a so-called Board of Trustees school, which is why he had to carry out a series of bureaucratic procedures in the Ministry of Education and Science, in Madrid.

The Miguel Pintor school, created by ministerial order on October 10, 1970, was called Santo Domingo de la Calzada for being the patron of the Board of Works of the Port, although in the Faculty of Teachers on October 11, 1984 it would be called a school Miguel Pintor, in honor of its founder, an endearing person who knew how to win the sympathy, affection and love of teachers, students and parents.

The new educational center would begin operating in the 1970-71 academic year, with sixty male and female students, most of them children of the port workers who lived in the aforementioned adjoining houses. The following year, when the children of the officials of the Port Works Board, who lived in the houses on Anaga Avenue, joined, the enrollment would reach 90 male and female students.

When the new General Education Law was established, in the 1976-77 academic year, the Port Works Board would sign an agreement in Madrid with the Ministry of Education and Science, by which it would be considered a state center, with a special administration regime. .

In the 1987-88 academic year, the school would come to depend administratively on the Ministry of Education of the Government of the Canary Islands and the City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in terms of building maintenance and facilities.

In the aforementioned course, enrollment would also be open to the children of Public Works employees, with the center having an enrollment of 410 male and female students, attended by 10 male and female teachers, for which it was necessary for the Public Works Board del Puerto will build eight new classrooms, all of them spacious and well lit and equipped with the most modern teaching materials.

The school, made up of three single-storey modules, would become a model for the time as it had twelve classrooms, a nursery school, playgrounds, a swimming pool, basketball and soccer fields and a covered sports center. The new Basic General Education Law (EGB) of 1970, which divided students into Initial Cycle (1st and 2nd year of EGB), Middle Cycle (3rd, 4th and 5th year of EGB) and Higher Cycle (6th, 7th and 8th of EGB) would lead to the teaching staff in charge of teaching the Higher Cycle having to take refresher courses. The first class of EGB 8th grade students would come out in the 1974-75 academic year, enrolling as 1st Baccalaureate students at the Anaga Institute in the La Alegría neighborhood, which had just been inaugurated. In the same way as in the 1990-91 academic year, the 6th grade students would do it to study the 1st year of ESO, as the Law for the General Organization of the Educational System (Logse) was established in that year.

Of the different promotions that have been trained and educated throughout this half century at the Miguel Pintor school, many of them currently hold important positions in different sectors of our society.

The school would expand its facilities in the 2003-2004 school year, by being able to use the space that until then had been dedicated to the church in the La Alegría neighborhood and Residencial Anaga, so that it would have 11 infant education units (3, 4 and 5 years) and primary (1st to 6th level), computer room, English and library. It also has a school canteen with a catering service and an early reception service.

Being a bilingual school, it teaches the English language at all educational levels and the French language in 5th and 6th grades of Primary; In addition, it is part of the Foreign Languages ​​Plan, modality D, and the Etweenig project that is carried out in different European schools.

As a reference center in school, motor and hearing integration, it has classrooms and hearing and sign language specialists, a team of counsellors, speech therapists, social workers and auxiliary staff.

The school participates in several educational projects, such as the Baúl de las Letras, a preventive program to reinforce reading and writing, aimed at students in the first cycle of primary school; the Innovas Plan, which works on equality, health, sustainability and the school garden through educational networks; the Empirikaula method for learning mathematics, reading, writing and developing creativity through theater and rubber stamps, aimed at students in the three infant education courses; and in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) software.

The center, equipped with excellent sports facilities, has a covered pavilion where its first federated team was formed, the Junta del Puerto, which would go on to reach the National Basketball Division of Honor in the 1983-1984 season. Years later, the team would be renamed Santo Domingo (patron saint of the JOP), the name under which it currently competes.

It also has a semi-Olympic swimming pool, in which the students practice swimming, trained by excellent monitors.

Currently, in collaboration with the Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council, the swimming pool is used by various clubs in the municipality, while the Real Club Náutico basketball teams train in the sports pavilion.

52nd anniversary of the Miguel Pintor school