John H. Shary, 1872 - 1945

Brief History

Sharyland is a large community in the Lower Rio Grande Valley situated between the cities of Mission and McAllen. Before the 19thcentury, the area where Sharyland now stands was sparsely populated with ranching families, most of Mexican descent. However, by the late 19thcentury and early 20th century “Anglo” land developers took an interest in many of the lands along the Rio Grande. One such developer was John H. Shary, a native of Nebraska who visited the Rio Grande Valley in 1912. Shary saw the potential for farming and citrus production and within a short time purchased thousands of acres of land which he named Sharyland. Sharyland attracted farmers from the North and Midwest and became known for its citrus production. Sharyland was also John Shary’s home until his death in 1945.


Sharyland Independent School District is named in honor of John H. Shary who was president of the district's first board of trustees. Created in 1921, this twenty-six square-mile school district is located in Hidalgo County. The district is committed to providing the highest quality education possible for all students.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Sharyland Independent School District is to provide the highest quality education possible to all students. To the full extent of their individual abilities, students will be provided the opportunity to develop the ability to think logically, independently and creatively and to communicate effectively. The district will promote the worth and dignity of all students and encourage them to become productive and responsible members of society.