the corner of Houston and William Streets in Pottsboro stands the
remains of the first high school established in Pottsboro.
It was built in the twenties and had six rooms.
conveniences such as central air and heating weren't available.
In the winter, stoves which burned coal were used and had to be
filled by the students many times during the day. There was no
running water so a pump located outside the school was used.
Ray Cook, a former student at the school, recalled that the school had eleven grades and a student body
of around three hundred. Since there were only six rooms, there were around fifty students in each room.
Some native Pottsboro people who attended the school include Winnie and Virgil Gibson, Lee Gilloud, and Arnold Waldrop.
faculty consisted of six teachers and one principal. Some of the
teachers were Mary Thorpe, Effie Gibson, Madge Terry,
and Ray Short. The principal was Mrs. Miller. There was a
school board which had three trustees who were
elected for three year terms.
Courses of study weren't limited to "readin', 'ritin' and 'rithmetic". Some other courses including biology, geometry,
civics, and algebra were offered to the students.
in the twenties, sports were an important part of a school's
activities. The school had organized basket ball and track
for boys and girls at the high school level. There
was also a baseball team available to high school boys. There was
court and baseball field located just north of the
school, a little father away was a tennis court. Like today
students traveled to
other schools to compete such as Hagerman, Sadler, Southmayd, Denison and Plainview schools. Many times, Pottsboro would
host its own track meets at which wrestling matches were sometimes held as an attraction.
was held for the full nine month term, but some students stayed out of
school in order to harvest crops. Casses began
at 8:00 a.m.
and ended at 4:00 p.m. Before school started, the students went
to chapel. This was a devotional program
which included prayers, singing and a Bible reading. Lunch period was an hour long in which most students went home
to eat. If anyone was absent, no excuse was necessary.
Although there were some advantages to school fifty years ago, education has come a long way. ~ ~ ~ Natalie Clountz