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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.