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Mission Statement

The mission of Rubén Darío Middle Community School is to educate all students in a safe, respectful, disciplined, and culturally diverse environment. Clear communication and a challenging curriculum will empower our students to become life-long learners and productive citizens in a world of work and technology.

Vision Statement

Our vision at Rubén Darío Middle Community School is to provide students with a safe and structured learning environment. On a daily basis, we engage our students with active learning in all academic areas. In addition, we teach our students to think critically, engage in self-initiated reading and expose them to high learning goals.

Who was Rubén Darío?

Rubén Darío, also known as ‘The Father of Modernism’, was born in the little town of Metapa on January 18th, 1867. His real name was Felix Rubén García Sarmiento. The name ‘Darío’ was adopted from a great grandfather who was well known as Darío, and his sons and daughters as ‘the Daríos’. This name became so famous that Rubén Darío’s great grandmother signed her name as ‘Rita Darío’. His father, Manuel García, was a merchant who also adopted the name and called himself Manuel Darío when doing business.
Since he was a child he proved to be very intelligent. His favorite books were considered complicated for a child’s mind. The books he read when he was just a child include ‘Don Quijote de La Mancha’ and the Bible. He also wrote some verses for regional celebrations. His creations became known when he was just 12 years old. At the age of 13, he made his first verse publication in a newspaper of the city of Rivas named ‘Termómetro’. Since then, he was known in his nation, Nicaragua, and in the other four Republics of Central America as the ‘child poet’.
He made his first trip to the capital, Managua, when he was becoming a teenager. Here, the Congress gave the ‘Child Poet’ a scholarship to study in Europe. Nevertheless, when he was at a party in the Presidential Palace, he recited a poem that astonished President Pedro Joaquín Chamorro who said: ‘If you write like this, against your parents’ religion and against your country, just being a child, imagine what it would be if you where to go to Europe to learn worse things”; therefore, instead of a scholarship to Europe, the President offered him one to the city of Granada, which he rejected for the historical rivalry between this city and León (where he was growing up). In Managua, he also worked in the National Library, which was an open door to Castilian literature.
Thanks to the influence of the Colombian ex-president Rafael Nuñez, the incumbent president Caro named him Consul in Buenos Aires. Under this title he traveled to the New York (where he met José Martí) and to France (where he was disappointed by the city he always dreamed of, Paris). He also was disillusioned by authors he admired before: Verlaine and Moreas.
When he was working as correspondent for ‘La Nación’, he traveled to Spain where he met Francisca Sanchez who would become his inspiration from then on. As correspondent of ‘La Nación’ he traveled throughout almost whole Europe, which gave him the opportunity to meet other important literary figures. In 1905 he wrote Songs of Life and Hope, setting a new tone for literature expression. It was not until 1907 that he returned to his country Nicaragua (the main reason for his trip was to get divorced from Rosario Murillo). He was well-received in his country and named ‘Minister Resident in Spain’. He did, however, not get the divorce, and went back to Europe in 1915. In this same year, he was invited by the president of Guatemala to visit this country; so he stayed a couple of months there before heading back to Nicaragua.
Tragically, after undergoing an operation, he died in the city of León in February 1916. He was buried in the Cathedral of the León, the city he always loved.