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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.


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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