Lamar School History
1890 - 1910
HISTORY OF THE THREE BUILDINGS
The information on this page was taken from
the thesis, "The History of the Denison Schools," by Paul R. Jennings.
Much of this information came from interviews with former Superintendent
B. McDaniel and from school board minutes.
The first Lamar School was erected in 1890 and named
for Mirabeau Lamar, third president of the Texas Republic. By 1909 the
building appeared to be in bad condition. AT the trustees meeting of October,
1909, a special report on the condition of the Lamar building was presented.
On October 12, a special trustees meeting was held to discuss the problem.
Mr. F. B. Hughes then announced that the building had been condemned, and
school was dismissed on October 12. Mr. Hughes recommended that two classrooms
at the Raylan School be used to accommodate the Lamar pupils and that two
store buildings be rented and fitted for school use.
The "Building and Grounds Committee" immediately
started working on the problem. On November 2, the committee recommended
that the old building be dismantled and a new, two-story, brick building
be erected. The trustees employed architects and on November 30, accepted
the report of the committee that the architect's plans be accepted. The
trustees advertised for bids. On January 19, 1910, a contract for the new
Lamar School building was awarded to the Tibbetts and Hogue Company for
$8,250.00. * This construction was the first major building project of
the F.B.Hughes administration. The two-room addition to this building was
completed in 1910.
1910 - 1948
In 1948 a completely new Lamar School building
was constructed. This structure was the third school building to carry
the name "Lamar." *Denison School Board Minutes, Sept. 30, 1909, Feb. 4,
1910, pp. 180-191.
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