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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.