About Gordon Bernell » History


This charter school honors the legacy of Gordon Bernell and his family on behalf of the countless lives transformed by his benevolent and inspiring presence at the Bernalillo County Detention Center. Among his many accomplishments were the nation’s first jail-based computerized literacy lab, the Youth Outreach Program, the BCDC Inmate and Child Christmas Program, and a 15,000 book library at the jail.  He was loved and admired by inmates and employees of Bernalillo County throughout his 18 years of service to the community.