Letter from Administration

I am so pleased to welcome you to Joe Walker Middle School, home of the Jets. Joe Walker is a school steeped in history, tradition, and a culture of academic excellence.

Our school is named in honor of, Joseph A. Walker, a Chief Research Pilot at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center during the mid-1960s. He is well known for flying the NASA X-15 research aircraft and achieving its fastest speed, 4,104 mph, and highest altitude, 354,300 feet. He received an honorary Doctor of Aeronautical Sciences degree in 1962 and was named Pilot of the Year in 1963 by the National Pilots Association. Mr. Walker was fatally injured on June 8, 1966, in a mid-air collision between an F-104 he was piloting and the XB-70. On August 23, 2005 NASA officially conferred Walker with astronaut's wings. Joseph A. Walker is remembered by our school and community as a man of great courage and determination.

At the 1972 dedication of Joe Walker Middle School, then-member of the Westside Union School District School Board, James Skalicky stated, “We all want the best education possible for our children; an education that creates enthusiasm and pride in one’s accomplishments; one that stimulates the inner self for a desire of understanding people, cultures, society, and education itself.” To fulfill this vision, Joe Walker Middle School creates a culture of success by partnering with community organizations to promote instructional relevance in our educational program. In order to best prepare our students for success with twenty-first century skills, we provide a balanced curriculum that educates the whole child combining science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with the arts and humanities. Every child will receive a STEALTH education at Joe Walker Middle School.

Thank you for supporting Joe Walker Middle School. We look forward to working with you,

Steve Wood