Adjacent to the Rowlett Park area, the School Board found a beautiful site on which to build Van Buren Junior High School. The building of the school relieved the overcrowded conditions of Sulphur Springs and Sligh Junior High Schools. In 1963, the capital outlay cost of this school, which included site improvement, site cost, building and equipment, and library books, totaled $701,685.23.
Named after the 8th president of the United States, Martin Van Buren Junior High School opened in 1963. The school's mascot is a Pirate and the school colors are hunter green, maroon, and gold. In 1993, Van Buren was converted to a middle school.
Our Media Center has been one of our favorite assets. In 2014, our Media Center was refurbished. Fully equipped with high tech computers for students, high top tables along with high-back chairs and bean bag chairs for lounging. Removing old outdated encyclopedias and replacing with over $20,000.00 in brand new books and resources for our students.