Abilene High School - Flashlight Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1936

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4 THE PRESENT ABILENE HIGH SCHOOL BUILT IN 1923 EARLY SCHOOLS THE first school building was built in 1883 between Hickory and Cedar Streets on - North Third. This also served as a Baptist Church. It was built of lumber and was a long, rambling two-room building. The grades were from the first to high schoolg but they stopped there, and it became necessary to build a high school. An old warehouse on First and Sycamore was bought during the year 1887. The girls of that school heard about the eastern seminary schoolsg so they named it the "Beer and lce Seminaryw because beer and ice were sold at the warehouse before it was con- verted into a school building. The chief pastime of the school boys and girls was to watch the 'gBohtail" train come in every day at eleven oiclock. Source: Mrs. T. .l. Edins. -MACK WARNER. IN 1889 when the citizens of Abilene felt they could get along no longer without a high school, they tried to raise the money by selling bondsg but they were unsuc- cessful. The cash could not be secured in this method, so scrip was sold. The leading business men were asked to buy this city scrip, which could not ever be cashed. Nearly all of these generous pioneers respondedg they were glad of the chance to provide a place to educate their children. The building was considered the finest in this section and stood where the present high school building is. About the same time in 1890 it was suggested to the pastor of the First Baptist Church that it would be a fine thing if there were a Baptist college in Abilene. The matter was referred to the Sweetwater Association and was approved. Several towns bid for the school, but Abilene won with a bid of five thousand dollars and a location of sixteen acres of land. The location was furnished by O. W. Steffens and George Phillips, and the money was to be furnished by the city of Abilene. There were only about three thousand three hundred people in Abilene, and five thousand dollars was a great deal of money to raise. The merchants gave the scrip that they had bought to build the high school to Abilene so that Abilene Baptist College might be built. Thus, the same money was used to build two great educational institutions. Source: George S. Anderson. ' -MARY ELIZABETH AIKEN. " a g-55 'S-E 1 at sti r? ,K H- I-gif: -ai as .,A M331 F, 1. 4- F ,, . sf-S rf' S . " " wg," 5'-W - wa,-53+ .f -fr x - -1 H. N is N Y 5v" w..J, ,M rm.. A v.NBm'.N:vl""' 'S M-,M w.,., wir-.15 .1 ' "N ' "'N"A" i-'H

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