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Francisco Jacinto, Jr.
Francisco Jacinto, Jr. was born in Lorain in 1933 and graduated from St. Mary High School in 1951. After graduation he worked in the steel mill for almost a year before joining the U.S. Navy. After his enlistment was over he used his G.I. Bill benefits to enroll in Ohio State University where he obtained a degree in education in 1960 as a secondary school social science teacher. He earned a master’s degree in education and was subsequently certified as a school counselor and an elementary and secondary school administrator. In 1971, Jacinto became the first Hispanic school principal in Ohio. His work experience included all grades from kindergarten to college as well as adult G.E.D. education, high school drop-out programs and adult training programs. After retirement from the public school system he worked for fourteen years as an Education Services Specialist for the Department of Defense before retiring from that job in 1998. Jacinto died on February 22, 2002.
On November 4, 2004, the community celebrated the dedication of the new Frank Jacinto Elementary School on Marshall Avenue in Lorain. This building was the first new school constructed in the $216 million school buildings renovation project. The building is a state-of-the art facility featuring computer workstations in high-tech classrooms.
According to The Morning Journal, (11-4-2004) "Frank Jacinto, who died in 2002, would have been thrilled to see the new school open. He was an inspiring man, and not just for becoming Ohio's first Latino school principal, here in Lorain. Jacinto gave so much of himself to the local Hispanic community as a leader and as a personal role model. He was a founder of El Centro de Servicios Sociales, the Hispanic Fund and the Coalition for Hispanic/Latino Issues and Progress (CHIP)."