Carl Wanke was born on November 29, 1936 in western Bexar county, Texas. He was born in an area about one mile north of Kelly Field known as the "Belgian Gardens".
Mr. Wanke attended Edgwood Elementary School and Edgewood High School. He was a member of the 2A All-State Basketball team. He was also inducted in the Edgewood Athletics Hall of Fame. He graduated in 1955 as the class valedictorian.
Subsequently, Mr. Wanke attended St. Mary's University. He participated in basketball and baseball. Mr. Wanke earned four varsity letters in each sport. He was the team captain of the basketball squad and he was also named an All-Conference Performer. He is a member of the St. Mary's University Athletic Hall of Fame. He graduated "Cum Laude" with a Bachelors of Arts degree in 1959. Later, he attended Our Lady of the Lake University where he received his Masters in Education in 1967.
Mr. Wanke's career began in 1959 at Northside Junior High School. He was a teacher/coach for one year. He obtained a teacher/coach position at Marshall High School and taught there between 1960-1962. He left Marshall in 1962 and went to teach/coach at Central Catholic High School. He worked at Central until 1967. He began teaching at Sam Rayburn Middle School in the fall of 1967. He was at Rayburn for one year. He became the Assistant Principal at John Jay High School in 1968. After one year as Assistant Principal, Mr. Wanke became a Vice Principal at Oliver Wendell Holmes High School. He was Vice Principal at Holmes for two years. It was in 1971 when Mr. Wanke became a principal in Northside. He was Principal at Anson Jones Middle School until 1976. Mr. Wanke returned to Marshall High School as Principal between 1976-1978.
Mr. Wanke became the Director of Pupil Personnel for Northside in 1978. He worked in Central Office until 1990. During 1990, Mr. Wanke was appointed Executive Director of Secondary Education. Mr. Wanke helped develop several programs in Northside. He implemented Northside's "No-Nonsense" Discipline policy to help rid schools and campus activities of weapons, assaults, drugs, and alcohol. He additionally developed an Anti-Vandalism Program in Northside. Finally, he developed a curriculum to teach students about the district's discipline policy named, "Positively Northside".
Mr. Wanke has also been honored with two distinct memberships: Lifetime Member of the National Congress of Parent-Teacher Association and Member of Southwest Basketball Officials Association.
Mr. Wanke retired from Northside in December 1993. He and his wife currently live in Spring Branch, Texas which is about twenty miles north of San Antonio on Highway 281.