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Davick Services recommends the Facebook Group "West Texas History & Memories" for history, famous people, old photos, stories, unclaimed estates and genealogy of the Western Half of Texas . . . Check it out and join the conversation

Life in Texas Schools 1850 - 1950

Texas Schools from 1850 to 1950 as pictured old school yearbooks and newspapers. This was life in Texas schools as our parents, grandparents and ancestors experienced  it.

Bitter Creek School 1909-1910 Class PhotoBitter Creek School 1909-1910 Class Photo

Photo of Bitter Creek School students in 1909 - 1910 in Nolan County. Boy with checkmark above his head is Charley Hall Smith. William Ellis Eidson is the tall one on the right. His brother, Albert is next to him ...

Anson Tigers High School Basketball team 1928Anson Tigers High School Basketball team 1928

In 1928 this huge highly detailed photograph of the Anson Texas Tigers High School Basketball Team was captured by an unknown photographer. Photograph courtesy of Margaret Letzkus whose father, Clyde Dean,  is pictured on the top row second from left

To Get a Better School System: One Hundred Years of Education Reform in Texas

"In 1949, as postwar Texas was steadily becoming more urban and calls for education reform were gathering strength throughout the state and nation, State Representative Claud Gilmer and State Senator A. M. Aikin Jr. sponsored a bill designed to increase salaries for Texas schoolteachers. Also tied to the bill, however, were provisions related to sweeping changes in school funding and access to education for minorities ..." Read more Look inside

Anson Elementary School Class in 1921 Anson Elementary School Class in 1921

In this huge 1921 class photo of the Anson Texas Elementary contributed by Margaret Letzkus three well dressed girls and six boys are pictured with their teacher. Margaret's dad, Clyde Dean, is just to the left of the teacher.

New Lynn School Children in Mid 1920sNew Lynn School Children in Mid 1920s

In the mid 1920s 84 students of the New Lynn school near Tahoka Texas posed for this rare image from a town that no longer exists The article includes a list identifying the students . . . see it full size and read more

The Empty Schoolhouse: Memories of One-Room Texas Schools

One- and two-room schools represent a time in Texas history when a child's school term was based on the local crop season and family duties received priority. They were the center of educational, social, political, and religious activity, where children were taught reading and math, couples were united in marriage, funerals were preached, and Friday night socials were held..." Read more

Grassland School in Lynn County 1924Grassland School in Lynn County 1924

It's amazing to find a school photo this detailed from a ghost school from 1924. It's a real treasure when someone has hand written the names of the students below the photo. This is the case in this incredible image of the Grassland School in Lynn County Texas . . . read more an see full size

El Paso School Students 1897

El Paso School Students 1897

El Paso, Texas. North Central School Students - 6th and 7th grades 1897.

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Lincoln School: Andrews, Texas 1950 - 1961  

Lincoln School served black students in the community of Andrews, Texas. It was opened in 1950 until desegregation led to the school's closure in 1961. This book looks into the history of the school along with the faculty and students in attendance . . .  Read more Look inside

West Texas State Normal College on FireWest Texas State Normal College on Fire

On March 25, 1914 the administrative building of West Texas State Normal College was destroyed in a fire.

Four Abilene High School Students pose beside car in 1948Four Abilene HS Students in 1948

Four Abilene High School students pose beside period car in 1948

Ghost Schools of the Big Bend

Albert Tucker's detailed study of education on the West Texas frontier covers a 60-year period of history from the late 19th century to the middle of the 20th century. His subject is the schools in particular—schools founded in pioneer country and long ago abandoned or displaced. These "ghost schools"—a coinage of the author that builds on the notion of "ghost towns"—are little more than bare ruins today. Professor Tucker brings them back to life and invites us to get to know the founders, the teachers, the principals, the students, the parents, and the critical role they played in social formation . . . Read more

Simmons Cowboys Football Team 1903Simmons Cowboys Football Team 1903
Abilene Texas High School Football Team 1923Abilene High School Football Team in 1923

Eleven players on the Abilene High School football team in 1923.

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Historic Texas Gyms: A Tribute to Vanishing Traditions

For generations of small-town Texans, the school gymnasium was the hub of the community. If it was a Tuesday night in Texline, most folks could be found in the old tin barn of a gym, rooting for their Tornadoes against the arch-rival Adrian Matadors. Transcending the role of a sports arena, the gym also provided a place to gather in celebration or shelter in crisis. Sadly, with the dramatic reduction of school districts around the state, many of the polished floorboards that once hosted graduations and beauty pageants now splinter beneath the weight of storage, farm equipment and guano-covered junk.  ... " Read more Look inside

1923 Abilene High Football Team Go to Fort Worth1923 Abilene High School Football Team

1923 Abilene High School Football Team on the Way to Fort Worth

Abilene High School Boys Glee Club 1923Abilene High School Boys Glee Club 1923

Kelso, Smith, Coombes, Harvey, Gray, West, Freeman, Gavin, Bryan, Robbins, Coffman, Kelso, heath, and Howell made up the Abilene Boys High School Glee Club in 1923 . . . look closer

Two Schools on Main Street: The Pride of Denison, Texas, 1873 - 2007

by Mavis Anne Bryant and Donna Hord Hunt

History of Denison High School along with Class Yearbook Photographs for years 1911 - 1954 - battle to save building . . . Look closer

Payne University Class of 1912Howard Payne College Class of 1912

Howard Payne College Graduating Class of 1912 in Brownwood with only 14 students graduating

Bangs Texas Public School in 1909Bangs Texas Public School in 1909

Student's and staff pose for huge school photo in front of the Bangs Public School in 1909

School Days Around Pottsboro Texas 1850-1978

by Natalie Clountz Bauman

Tons of information and photographs of all of Northwestern Grayson County and especially the Pottsboro area's school from the 1850s to the 1970s. There are stories about the 1972 championship basketball team, the 1977-78 football team, many pages of the old Cardinal Courier newspaper from 1977 and 1978, it has the rare 1965 Georgetown school yearbook . . . Read more Look inside

Brownfield High School girls basketball team in 1920Brownfield High School girls basketball team in 1920

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Canyon City's First School 1891Canyon City's First School 1891

In 1891 the students and staff of the first school in Canyon City Texas posed in front of their school

A Texas Tragedy: The New London School Explosion

Seventy-five years after the New London, Texas, school explosion instantaneously ended life for three hundred students, haunted memories of all who knew them, and hushed a community’s discussion of an unspeakable event, the detailed story is now told. On March 18, 1937, Bobby H. Johnson was an infant in New London destined to become the scribe, oral historian, and dramatist for the tragedy.  His first-grade brother became a member of the exclusive circle of “survivors” by fluke: Forgetting that his mother had given him permission to stay after school and play with a friend, he took an early bus home to safety. But his mind never erased the image of a cloud of dust in the direction of the school... Read more.

Canyon High School Graduating Class in 1905Canyon High School Graduating Class in 1905

In 1905 the graduating class of the Canyon High School in Canyon Texas consisted of seven women and five men and none of them look very happy about it.

Canyon School Children in 1898Canyon School Children in 1898

In 1898 sixty nine students and teachers climbed a fence outside their school in Canyon Texas to pose for this huge old photo with recognizable faces

Valley Interfaith and School Reform: Organizing for Power in South Texas

"Can public schools still educate America's children, particularly in poor and working class communities? Many advocates of school reform have called for dismantling public education in favor of market-based models of reform such as privatization and vouchers. By contrast, this pathfinding book explores how community organizing and activism in support of public schools in one of America's most economically disadvantaged regions, the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, has engendered impressive academic results..." Read more Look inside

Canyon School Children in 1901Canyon School Children in 1901

48 students and the teacher posed for this photo of a school in Canyon Texas in 1901

Canyon Texas School Children late 1800sCanyon Texas School Children late 1800s

This image of a school in Canyon Texas features a man holding a disciplinary board and 62 shoed and barefoot children.

First Public School in Castro County 1891First Public School in Castro County 1891

Group of 37 schoolchildren of various ages and two adults in Dimmitt that made up the first public school in Castro County Texas in 1891.
Some of those pictured are named and a handwritten number identifies them...

Dublin Texas Sixth Grade Class 1908Dublin Texas Sixth Grade Class 1908

Twenty four boys and girls appeared with their teacher and the school principal in this class photo in 1908.

Duffau School in 1915

Duffau School students and teacher in Erath County Texas are pictured in this photo from 1915. Duffau is now a ghost town.

First Football Team in Stephenville 1902

John Arendell, Marshall Ferguson, Rich Fagan, Roy Neblett, Brick Cameron, Stonewall Jackson, Roy Geren, Lynn Roberts, Bob Rutherford,Homer Titus, Newt Bruington, Jim Mace, Frank Booher, Bass Syler and Jay Shelton Claude Caver and Cain Jones

Summer Students West Texas State Normal College in 1919Summer Students West Texas State Normal College in 1919

In 1919 seventy students from the summer class of West Texas State Normal College posed on the college steps for this large, high definition photo

Silverton High School Graduating Class of 1915Silverton High School Graduating Class of 1915

Meet the 17 students in the Silverton High School Class of 1915. Photo contributed by Cris Gill. His great uncle, Hollie Francis is pictured in the last row middle.

North School Haskell Texas 1800sNorth School Haskell Texas 1800s

 

1948 Quitaque Texas High School Seniors1948 Quitaque High School Seniors

Names of students are shown below their photos. Local business sponsors from 1948 are listed below the photo . . . see full size

Presbyterian College Floydada Tx Under ConstructionPresbyterian College Under Construction in Floydada Tx - Early 1900's
Floydada Texas School 1907Floydada Texas School 1907

Four boys stand on the porch of Floydada schoolhouse and talk with younger boy on donkey in this postcard dated 1907

Lockney Christian College, Lockney Texas 1894 - 1918Lockney Christian College, Lockney Texas 1894 - 1918

Lockney Christian College was established by Charles Walker Smith and St. Clair W. Smith, two evangelists of the Church of Christ. The first school year began on October 2, 1894, in a frame building, with Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Burleson as the first teachers. The school opened with sixteen students and had fifty students by the end of the year . . .

Lockney Christian College Under Construction in 1908Lockney Christian College Under Construction in 1908

In 1908 these nine construction workers posed for a photo of the Lockney Christian College they were building. The photo shows the wood frame building the stone structure will replace. Once the building was completed, the college was renamed the Lockney College and Bible School . . . see full size

Lockney College and Bible School in 1909Lockney College and Bible School 1909

In 1909 the Lockney College and Bible School Posted this in the Lockney Beacon showing names and photos of the teachers and board of directors as well as photos of the college, and eight girls who were boarded there . . .  See the full image

Lockney Texas High School Football Team in 1939Lockney High School Football Team in 1939

18 members of the Lockney High School Football team posed for this group photo with their coach in 1939 . . . see full size

Antelope School, Class of 1936 -1937 Floyd County TexasAntelope School, Class of 1936 -1937 Floyd County Texas

Mrs. Stewart, Kenneth Ring, Sam Bradford, Buster Rucker, G.W. Rezineck, Bettye Sue Roe, Syble Roe, Bradley Boyd, Eual Bradford, J.W. Jackson, Ethel Lee Reznieck, Kenneth Poole, Sudduth Moore, Elrea Autry, (unnamed) Rucker, F.J. Reznieck and Felix (children's cat)

George M Hunt School Class of 1936 Lubbock Texas

George M Hunt School Yearbook Class of 1936 in Lubbock

Children, parents and teachers pose in this composite of the George M Hunt School . The class roll for 1936 is also included.

Post High School Sophomore Class 1938Post High School Sophomore Class 1938

In 1938, sophomores at Post High School posed for this photo two years before they graduate in 1940 See anyone you know? Look closer

 
Post High School Basketball Team in 1938Post High School Basketball Team in 1938

 

McMurray College Abilene Texas 1927 Football TeamMcMurry College Abilene Texas 1927 Football Team

McMurry College Coach R M Medley with players Taylor, Osborn Park, Isaacs, Bowers, Tharp, Miller, Newton, Asst. Coach Pratt, Corbin, Roberts, Edwards, Brown, H V Hodges, Patterson, Mitchell, Hunt, Wharton, Hale and Pool in 1927.

McMurry College Abilene Texas 1924 Football Team McMurry College Abilene Texas 1924 Football Team

McMurry College Football Coach R. M. Medley with players Campbell, Hale, W. Hill, Fitzgerald, Farmer, Hunt, Bigby, Bowers, West, Young, McCandless, Brown, Donaldson, Peeples, Wood, Self, Newton, D. Hill, Ledbetter, Harkrider, Murphy, and Meader in 1924

Midland College Football Team in 1910Midland College Football Team 1910

 

Midland College Girls Basketball Team in 1914Midland College Girls Basketball Team 1914

 

Panhandle Literary Society of Clarendon College 1907Panhandle Literary Society of Clarendon College 1907

The male students, in a range of ages, and professors, are posed in rows. They are formally dressed and each has a ribbon attached to his jacket lapel. Individuals appearing in the image are: Front row, l-r, Jerry Fagan, Elmer Smith, Erchal Lacy, Bob Glenn; second row, Louis Hardy ... continued in artcle

Clarendon College Graduating Class in 1908Clarendon College Graduating Class in 1908

Eleven women and nine men graduated from Clarendon College and posed for this photo in June 1908

Photograph of the main building of Clarendon College in Clarendon, Texas in 1906. There are three children sitting on the ground in front of the building, and a girl is about to enter one of the doors. Clarendon College in 1906

Photograph of the main building of Clarendon College in Clarendon, Texas in 1906. There are three children sitting on the ground in front of the building, and a girl is about to enter one of the doors.

Clarendon Texas Classroom in 1910sClarendon Texas Classroom in 1910s

Photograph of students in a classroom at a school in Clarendon, Texas. Most of the students are seated at desks, with a group of nine boys standing at the rear. An adult male is also standing at the rear of the class. The boy standing fifth from the left is identified as Harold Bugbee.

Female Students at Clarendon College in 1908Female Students at Clarendon College in 1908

Group photograph of female students at Clarendon College in Clarendon, Texas, with Irene Biffle Williams on the 2nd row from the top, 3rd person from the left.

Littlefield Texas School Bus 1924Littlefield Texas School Bus 1924

In 1924 the Littlefield High School Pep Squad Posed with and in the Littlefield Independent School District bus

Littlefield 2nd Grade Class in 1938Littlefield 2nd Grade Class in 1938

In 1938 Littlefield Texas 2nd graders posed in front of their school showing off the musical instruments they had learned to play

Tulia Texas High School in 1915Tulia High School in 1915

Large photograph of the Tulia High School with students walking on the grounds and windmill and tank that supplied water for the facility.

Tulia Public School in 1907Tulia Public School 1907

In 1907 staff and students turned out for this amazing old class photo of the Tulia Texas School District.

1947 School Bus in Tulia Texas1947 School Bus in Tulia Texas

Great old photo of a man and his daughter posing in front of a school bus parked in front of his home in Tulia Texas in 1947

Carmelite Monastery Academy Grads in 1888Carmelite Monastery Academy Grads in 1888

The graduating class of the Carmelite Monastery posed for this photograph with one girl holding a  certificate in 1888

Carmelite Monastery Children in 1888Carmelite Monastery Children in 1888

In 1888, forty school girls at the Carmelite Monastery in Stanton posed for a class photo

George M Hunt School Class of 1936 Lubbock Texas

George M Hunt School Yearbook Class of 1936 in Lubbock

Children, parents and teachers pose in this composite of the George M Hunt School . The class roll for 1936 is also included.

Post High School Sophomore Class 1938Post High School Sophomore Class 1938

In 1938, sophomores at Post High School posed for this photo two years before they graduate in 1940 See anyone you know? Look closer

Post High School Basketball Team in 1938Post High School Basketball Team in 1938

 

First Class of the Goodnight College 1898First Class of the Goodnight College 1898

Students: John McDonald, Herbert Jones, Joe Kesterson, D. Vaugher, Roy Vineyard, John Mackelhaney, Charley McClaren, Bess and Clyde Norvell, Ella and Minnie Dyer, Bill and Maggie Burns, Georgie Caperton, Relan and Annie Vaughn, Flora Hunter, Lou Goodnight . . .

Goodnight Baptist Academy Football Team 1900Goodnight Baptist Academy Football Team c1900
Goodnight College staff and families - 1901Goodnight College Staff and Families in 1901
Goodnight College Boys Dorm - 1901Goodnight College Boys Dorm - 1901

Earl Payne and Bill Hill are identified in this old photo. Can you identify others?

Goodnight College Girls Dorm - 1901Goodnight College Girls Dorm in 1901

In 1901 the girls in the Goodnight College girl's dorm appeared on the balcony and at the fence for this large old photograph. Note the ladders that served as fire escapes for the third floor.

Wayside School, Wayside Texas in 1914Wayside School, Wayside Texas in 1914

Three teachers and 22 students posed in front of their school in Wayside Texas in 1914 in this huge detailed photo

Dublin Texas Sixth Grade Class 1908Dublin Texas Sixth Grade Class 1908

Twenty four boys and girls appeared with their teacher and the school principal in this class photo in 1908.

Fifth Grade Class 1902 Big Spring Texas Fifth Grade Class 1902 Big Spring Texas

In 1902 forty six children and their teacher sat for their fifth grade class photo in Big Spring Texas.

White Deer Texas High School Basketball Team in 1930White Deer Texas High School Basketball Team in 1930

 

Big Spring High School 1919 Football TeamBig Spring High School 1919 Football Team

On the team (and probably in the photograph): Gill Alfred Barnett, Wesley Line, Frank Covert, Elmer Boatler, James Little ... read more see full size

Menarville School Class of 1890Menardville School Class of 1890

Professor John Warren Hunter, from Mason, opened the Menard school September 6, 1884. Menard County was exempt from instituting a district school system until the 1890s This large photo shows 44 students and the staff from class of 1890. . . . See full size photo here

First Girl to Play High School FootballFrankie Groves, First Girl to Play High School Football

In this amazing old photo 16-year-old Frankie Groves, the first girl to play High School Football in Texas suits up to play for Stinnett Texas in 1947. It was on a frigid November 14 against arch-rival Groom High and against the wishes of many in her own hometown, that Frankie Groves became the first girl to play high school football in the State of Texas . . .

Plainview High School Under Construction in 1916Plainview High School Under Construction in 1916

With two stories up and one to go, construction workers, students, teachers and parents posed for this large highly detailed photo of the Plainview High School in 1916 . . . see full size

Wayland Baptist College 1908 Plainview TexasWayland Baptist College 1910

Staff and students appear in this photo of Wayland Baptist College in September 1910. Boys on the right dressed in black and girls on the left dressed in white.
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1973 Shallowater Harvest Queen Candidates1973 Harvest Queen Candidates

Queen candidates for the 1973 Harvest Festival were: Teri Dixon, Brenda Randolph, Cynthia Stewart, Tracey Blair, and Lana Williamson. Princess candidates are: Linda Shropshire, Camie Stanton Patti Middlebrook, Dana Blackburn, and Robin Akins . . . see the full image and learn more

Resources:

West Texas History & Memories

Early Life in Texas County by County

Books about Texas People and Places

Amazing People from Texas County by County

Texas History in the 19th Century (Amazon)

Vintage Texas Photos (eBay)

 

What's your Favorite Book about a Texas County, Town, Person or Place? Here's our best reads list County by County

 

Mysterious TexasTrue Stories of Amazing People and Places in Texcas
 Loneliest, Least Populated Counties in Texas
Famous Actors from West TexasBooks about Texas People County by County
 

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