Marylyn Burns Elementary School was built in 1983 as relief for classroom loads at Martin and Clearwater Elementaries. Martin had swelled to 900 more students than the school was designed to handle. Marylyn Burns taught English for more than 20 years at Brownsville and Hanna High Schools, until her death in 1981. She was also a former drum major for the Brownsville High School Golden Eagle Band. When Principal Raul Vasquez opened the doors to Burns Elementary, 750 students experienced something new within BISD. The school had the first air-conditioned classrooms in the district.