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Angelina County School Photographs, 1930's

These photographs, mostly taken during the 1930's, show the buildings and grounds of many of Angelina County's schools that would soon be consolidated. They are from our Angelina County School Superintendent's Records, 2004:022. A file containing maps that show school district boundaries in 1924 and 2010 is provided here to help users locate schools and areas of interest.


Angelina County School District Maps, 1924 and 2010

Baird (Bald Hill) School Number 16

Baird (Bald Hill) School Number 16

Founded shortly before 1900, Baird was classified as a two year high school by 1919 and as a three year high school by 1930. By 1961, it was only an elementary school and was one of the last remaining common school districts in the county.

Beulah School Number 38

Beulah School Number 38

The first school at Beulah began about 1903 and was taught in a church building until 1917, when the state approved money to build a school house in every community with at least 21 children. Beulah was classified as a one year high school in 1919 and as a two year high school by 1930. While class was in session in 1954, a tornado destroyed the building pictured here. The community built a new building, but Beulah School District consolidated with Diboll in 1962.

Biloxi School Number 23

Biloxi School Number 23

Biloxi School was located three miles east of Lufkin in the small community of Biloxi. It consisted of one three-room schoolhouse and was classified as a one year high school in 1919 and as a two year high school by 1930.  Lufkin Independent School District annexed this school in 1951 and elementary students were bused to Herty School.

Boles School Number 36

Boles School Number 36

Located three miles south of Lufkin, Otto Brittain was a teacher here about 1915. The school was classified as a one year high school in 1919 and 1930.  In 1939, Boles School was annexed to the Lufkin Independent School District. In 1951, the school building was moved to the Kurth campus to eliminate the use of U.S. Army barracks from Camp Swift, Bastrop.

Burke School (Independent)

Burke School (Independent)

The Burke community was established in 1882 with the coming of the Houston East & West Texas railroad, and the school began shortly after, although it was known as Bradley Prairie in the 1885 school records. There is evidence to suggest that Burke became an independent district sometime between 1905 and 1910, but there are no records to confirm an exact date. In 1910, a bond was approved to erect a brick schoolhouse for grades 1 through 7. Burke was classified as a one year high school in 1917, a three year high school in 1919, and a two year high school in 1930. This two-story brick building was torn down in 1935 and replaced with a larger schoolhouse built with Works Progress Administration funds. Burke ISD consolidated with Diboll ISD in 1964.

Center School Number 20

Center School Number 20

One of the county’s older school districts, Center was included in the 1885 School Registry and was located between Huntington and Rocky Hill. It was also known as Rocky Springs. Classified as a one year high school from at least the 1910’s through 1942, Center was listed as having no students in 1944, according to county school board minutes.

Central School Number 3

Central School Number 3

Central Common School District was formed in January 1930 when four schools, Clawson, Durant, Allentown (Old Union) and Pollok consolidated into a new district.  That year the school was classified as a four year high school.   Part of the Simpson district and the Red Town district joined Central in the 1930’s (the remainder of Simpson joined the Wells district in Cherokee County).  The school started with one building that had a combination auditorium and basketball court that was also used for a lunch room. In 1939 with the help of federal aid, a second building was constructed. Central became an independent district in 1954.

Central Ward School (Lufkin I.S.D.)

Central Ward School (Lufkin I.S.D.)

After the creation of Lufkin Independent School District in 1905, a school building was built on First Street and Paul. It had two stories and ten rooms but no restrooms, although they were added later.  It was called Central School and housed grades one through ten. In the fall of 1913, after a new high school opened, this elementary school became known as Central Ward Elementary for grades one through seven and served students living east of the Southern Pacific tracks and north of Lufkin Avenue. Children on the west side of town went to school in the basement of the new high school and two rooms on the first floor; this school was called West Side Grammar School. Central Ward School was located at the present site of the Pitser Garrison Civic Center.

Concord School Number 1

Concord School Number 1

The Concord community held school in a church building until they built this structure in 1929. About 1945 this building burned and a new one was built that served grades one through seven; Concord’s older students attended Zavalla. In 1959, Concord School consolidated with Zavalla.

Cordaway Springs School Number 30, 1909

Cordaway Springs School Number 30, 1909

Another early school from the School Registry of 1885, Red Town, also known as Cordaway Springs, was located about five miles south of Pollok. It was classified as a one year high school in 1919, but was only an elementary school (through the seventh grade) in 1930. The school consolidated with Central School District in the fall of 1939.

Cordaway Springs School Number 30

Cordaway Springs School Number 30

Another early school from the School Registry of 1885, Red Town, also known as Cordaway Springs, was located about five miles south of Pollok. It was classified as a one year high school in 1919, but was only an elementary school (through the seventh grade) in 1930. The school consolidated with Central School District in the fall of 1939.

Diboll School Number 40

Diboll School Number 40

The Diboll school system began about 1894. The original school building burned about 1909, but the community soon constructed a new building. Diboll was classified as a three year high school in 1919 and a four year high school by 1922. Diboll was a common school district until 1952 when it became independent. All grades remained on one campus until construction of the high school in 1953. (A new school for Diboll’s African American students also was constructed in 1953). By the early 1960s, Pine Valley, Prairie Grove, Burke, Olive, and Beulah had consolidated with Diboll. The building in this photo was located on the grounds of the current Diboll Primary School.

Durant School Number 28

Durant School Number 28

Durant was a small sawmill town between 1909 and the late 1920’s. According to school records from 1924, the county school at Durant was classified as a two year high school. Durant consolidated with Clawson, Allentown, and Pollok schools to form the new Central District in 1929.

Fairview School Number 37

Fairview School Number 37

Fairview’s first school term in 1898 was five months long and served students from a wide rural area. The community built a two-room schoolhouse in 1917 and enlarged it by adding a cafeteria and an auditorium in the late 1940’s. It was classified as a one year high school in 1919 but only as an elementary school in 1930. Fairview consolidated with Lufkin Independent School District in 1963.

Homer School Number 16

Homer School Number 16

Homer, one of the oldest settlements in the county, was the county seat of government from 1858 to 1892. According to an 1885 county school registry, there were at least four racially segregated schools organized in Homer at that time, including one for African Americans. After transfer of the county seat from Homer to Lufkin in 1892, Homer’s population gradually declined and so did the number of school children. In 1926, Homer’s upper grade students were consolidated with Huntington High School, so Huntington could obtain state accreditation. Then in 1952, all of the Homer districted was annexed by Lufkin I.S.D.

Hudson School Number 33

Hudson School Number 33

Hudson’s first school dates from the early 1890’s, and since that date classes were held in several locations. By 1919, Hudson was classified as a one year high school and as a four year high school by 1930.  The Hudson Consolidated School District began sometime after 1927, with six acres of donated land and two new buildings. Classes began in these new buildings in 1928. In 1930, a duplicate brick building and a bus barn were added. Over the years, county schools Narroway, Dunn, Trevathan, Bethlehem, Providence, Wallace Chapel, Chancey Switch, Peavy Switch and Happy Hour were all consolidated into the Hudson district.

Huntington School Number 41

Huntington School Number 41

Huntington Common School District was created in 1901. The two story brick building was constructed in 1914 and the stucco building was constructed in 1925. Huntington was classified as a four year high school by 1930.  Although earlier it had been an independent district, it was reclassified as Huntington Rural School District in 1939. Huntington regained its independent district status in 1959.

Kurth Ward School (Lufkin I.S.D.)

Kurth Ward School (Lufkin I.S.D.)

In 1921 Lufkin’s Kurth School, named for E.L. Kurth, was built on Raguet Street and in January 1922 students from West Side Grammar School were transferred to the new building. By 1947 enrollment had increased so rapidly that U.S. Army barracks from Camp Swift, Bastrop had to be placed on the campus. In 1951, the Moffett school building and the Boles school building were moved to the Kurth campus to eliminate the use of the army barracks as classrooms.

Lala Hill School Number 44

Lala Hill School Number 44

This school was located three miles south of Huntington and was classified as an elementary school in 1919 and as a two year high school in 1930. Lala Hill consolidated with Huntington in 1939.

Little Hope School Number 18

Little Hope School Number 18

Little Hope school was classified as a one year high school in 1919 and 1930, but consolidated with Huntington School District in 1939.

Lufkin High School (Lufkin I.S.D.)

Lufkin High School (Lufkin I.S.D.)

In 1913, Lufkin built a new high school on Ellis and Raguet Streets, adding the eleventh grade. In 1939 that building became Lufkin’s first Junior High School when a new high school opened on Raguet Street.

Manning School Number 12

Manning School Number 12

The first school at Manning was built in 1907 and was a two-story bungalow, with more buildings added through the years to accommodate the growing population of the Carter-Kelley Lumber Company company town. In 1919 and 1930 Manning was classified as a three year high school and consolidated Belview in 1929. After the mill plant burned in 1935, the community slowly declined, but the school remained open for several more years as an elementary school serving grades one through seven.

McKendrie (or McKendree) School Number 22

McKendrie (or McKendree) School Number 22

Included in the 1885 School Registry, McKendrie was known for having one of the best equipped sanitary drinking systems in the county schools. The school was classified as an elementary school in 1919 and 1930, but closed in 1935.

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