In its lifetime, Denison High School had four names. It was called “Educational Institute” while it was being constructed.
After opening, the school was referred to as “Union Seminary.”
Later the younger grades were collectively called “Washington School,” after George Washington, first president of the United States. President Washington’s relative, Dr. Lawrence Augustine Washington (1814–1882), lived in Denison and served as an alderman and school trustee in the fall of 1874. He is buried in Denison’s Oakwood Cemetery.
In the years immediately preceding 1913–1914, the upper grades (and the building housing them) were referred to as “Denison High School.”
Source: Bryant and Hunt, TWO SCHOOLS ON MAIN STREET
DENISON HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY
EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE HISTORY
Elaine Nall Bay
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