Ramiro Rangel


Basketball
J.W. Nixon High 1970's
Coach Special Olympics 1980's
(1956-1990)


As an athlete, Ramiro Rangel was a great competitor at Nixon High School in basketball and track. He later went on to play at Laredo Junior College and with semi-pro teams throughout Mexico. While at Nixon, under legendary coach Bill Batey, Ramiro was looked upon by his team mates for inspiration and leadership. Rangel accomplished a lot during his short stay with us as a player, educator/coach and basketball official. It was during his last eight years as a Laredo Independent School District Special Education Coach that he proved to be an admirable individual. He loved and cared for his special kids so much that he started coaching them in basketball and bowling. His kids responded well to his coaching tactics as the squads won numerous trophies at all levels of competition. His teams were known as competitive groups that won at the District, Regional and State level. Former LISD Superintendent Vidal M. Trevino said of Rangel, "He was a very exceptional young man in many ways. It is not everyone who has the God-given ability and love for special education children as Ramiro did. He was an inspiration to Special Education Students and dedicated himself to their betterment in education. He worked closely with his colleagues, the children and they all responded to him with great love and esteem." Ramiro was only 34 years old when he lost his only battle to cancer. He lived life to the fullest. He stood as a role model for a lot of youngsters. He came from a humble background, educated himself and became successful. Ramiro Rangel left us 10 years ago but his spirit, memory, -great deeds, and legacies have lived on among those who knew, respected and loved him.