Remembering Edgewood's walkout history 55 years later

Richard Herrera holds open a 1960s yearbook showing a full spread photo of the Edgewood High School parking lot.

Richard Herrera displays his collection of newspaper clippings and other mementos of the 1968 walkouts. Photo: Madalyn Mendoza/Axios

Fifty-five years ago, West Side teens walked out against education inequities in San Antonio.

Context: Students at Edgewood High School, which served a predominantly Latino community, staged a walkout on May 16, 1968.

  • The teens left their classrooms and marched to the district's administration office with their grievances, which included a lack of certified teachers, college-ready curriculum and outdated facilities and materials.
  • Richard Herrera (seen above) was 16 when he walked out. He and his wife Diana, who was also an Edgewood student, have continued to advocate for the West Side and for education.
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