In 1983, La Joya ISD welcomed Dennis “Doc” Walker – the first athletic trainer, into our district. Since then, the school district has grown by leaps and bounds, but Doc Walker remained the “Doc” that everyone in the community knew and respected.

This school year, however, Walker decided it was time to retire to take care of a back injury and of his overall health. To celebrate his 32 years of service with La Joya ISD, Walker was honored with a small gathering composed of coaches, colleagues, friends, administrators, and ex-students, to bid him farewell.

“La Joya ISD is blessed to have had Doc Walker be a part of our district for all these years,” stated Dr. Alda T. Benavides, Superintendent of Schools for La Joya ISD. “Doc’s commitment, dedication, and availability with his athletes – always on call for them – have surely made an impact on those who surrounded him, and his name will always be synonymous with La Joya ISD!”

As for Doc Walker, “The hardest thing for me this morning was knowing that today was my last day coming to work,” he said with tears in his eyes. “I just have to say that I have loved taking care of kids and it always gave me great satisfaction seeing them excel after helping them, when they got hurt. I’m humbled by everyone and Thank You for being here on this special day.”