Mendoza Elementary was named after Ramon S. Mendoza who was born in 1876 and passed away in 1951. Ramon was born in Opodepe, Sonora, Mexico, on Aug. 31, 1876. He arrived to the Lehi-Mesa area in 1893. Ramon's early life in Arizona included working as an inspector at the Crown King Mine and as a construction worker at Roosevelt Dam. He also worked at the Frank R. Pomeroy Farm, near the current site of Kino Junior High, and he sold real estate for the Cummard Agency in the Verde Vista neighborhood. In 1921, Ramon was appointed to Mesa's five-man police force, where he served until his retirement in July 1942. Ramon was active in religious, civic, political and humanitarian endeavors. A devoted family man, he stressed the importance of leadership and community involvement.
Ramon was known for advocating "saber es poder," which means "knowledge is power." His family and their descendants are well-represented in government, education, the military, law enforcement, health services and business.