Layne School was located on the west
side of present Denison.
school was in session long before Denison was built to the east of
Drawing of the original Layne School, that also served as the Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church.
The land for the school/church and cemetery was donated by the Layne/Coffman family.
"I Grew Up in Denison, Texas"
contributed by Ann Shields
Layne may be the only school in far
northwest Denison. It has been in existence for over one hundred years.
Layne was first held in a log cabin, which later burned. The first
record of Layne occurs in a newspaper dated April 29, 1879. The article
stated that Mount Pleasant Academy had opened for classes two and a
half miles west of Denison.
A second building was built later, and in 1948 a new brick structure
was erected. It was located at 1000 Layne
1956, Layne became part of the Denison Independent School District.
The district closed Layne
Elementery School at the end of spring semester, 2012, and the building
was demolished by the end of that year.
principal of Layne School was Ozelle Bryant Gibson of Pottsboro, Texas.
Another was Gordon T. Rutledge, who later served on the board of
trustees of Denison Independent School District.
Layne School 1936 - 1937
Trustees : Frank Jennings, Benjamin F.
Sikes, Arthur Rowland