On October 14, 1999, Pete Gallego Elementary was officially inaugurated. Mr. Pete P. Gallego came to the school with his family which included his wife, Mrs. Maria Elena Gallego and her parents, Mr. Pete A. Gallego and Mrs. Elena Gallego, his two sisters, Mrs. Imelda Gallego Garcia and her family, and Miss Rebecca Gallego. Members of the community, school officials, and school board members also attended the ceremony.

 Pete P. Gallego, 49, is a member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 74, which includes 13 counties in southwest Texas. The 74th House district is the largest House district and the largest Texas U.S.-Mexico border district stretching nearly 39,000 square miles and containing over half of the Texas/Mexico border. It comprises nearly 15% of the land area of Texas.

An Alpine native, Gallego graduated from Sul Ross State University (SRSU) in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in political science. In 1985, he earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from The University of Texas School of Law. Representative Gallego is a member of the Sul Ross State University Hall of Fame as an outstanding booster, and has been named a Distinguished Alumnus by the SRSU Ex-Student Association.