Warren Senior High School Building Destroyed By Fire
The Warren Senior High School building, a two-story brick structure, located on West Pine Street, was completely destroyed by fire which started about midnight Sunday night. No fires had been in the building since school closed Friday, and it is believed that the fire was caused by defective wiring. $20,000 insurance was carried oin the building and $2,500 on its contents.
Classes are being held in the gymnasium and the junior high school temporarily. At a meeting of the school board Monday Sup't. O. C. Landers stated that he believed this arrangement could be continued the remainder of this school term. No steps were taken toward securing a new building at this meeting Monday night.
One of the greatest losses was the destruction of the library containing about 5,000 volumes. Both junior and senior high school students used this library. A large number of students' text books, kept in book compartments in the hall ways, was also burned.
The senior high school biulding was built in 1906 and was used by the Presbyterian Training School until 1915, when the school closed for lack of funds. The property was then acquired by the Warren School Board and used as a junior high school building until a few years ago.
Prof. D. L. Paisley, now superintendent of the State Hospital for Nervous Diseases, served as first principal of the school and the board of trustees was composed of Rev. B. E. Wallace, H. N. Clapp, Jr., S. B., Meek, Dr. J. W. Martin, W. R. Appleton, A. B. Banks, R. F. Powers and Noel Martin. Coach Dan Estes, present athletic director of the State Teacher's College at Conway, one time taught mathematics and coached in the Presbyterian Training School. Hill Carruth had charge of the military work for boys.
The idea for establishing the school was advanced by Rev. S. C. Alexander of Pine Bluff. Warren citizens placed the best bid for the school and work on the building was begun in September 1906. Dr. J. W. Martin gave the ground on which the school was located.
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This article appears courtesy of Brenda Ezell.