A native of Laredo, Texas, Raul B. Fernandez was born in 1937, the youngest of four children of Gus and Candelaria Fernandez.

As a youngster, Raul attended Ursuline Academy and Martin High School in Laredo. It was in high school that he met Sylvia Pena, the woman he would eventually marry.

Mr. Fernandez later attended Texas A&M University where he earned a civil engineering degree (Class of '59). He started working with H.B. Zachry Construction Co., and married his high school sweetheart. Raul and his wife have three children.

In 1974, Mr. Fernandez joined Uptmore & Associates where he would become Senior Vice President. Mr. Fernandez was selected to the School Board after 18 years of service. Using his expertise as a builder, Fernandez guided Northside in such areas as the construction of two dozen schools, numerous academic program improvements, and opening Northside schools to lifetime learning.