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First Markham School

The first school in Markham was a two-story wooden building. The bell which is displayed on the school yard was taken from atop the old school. The building was replaced in 1935 by the present structure which has since had several additions.


Markham article in Historic Matagorda County, Volume I.


NOTICE to Contractors
—Bids will be received by the president of the Markham Independent School district until 12 o’clock noon of the 25th day of October, 1904, for the construction of a public free school building to be built of wood. Plans and specifications can be seen at the office of M. H. Lopez in the town of Markham. Bids must be submitted in a sealed envelope addressed to the President of the Markham Independent School District, and marked, “Proposal for the construction of school building.” Bids must be accompanied by a certified check in the sum of $100 payable to A. A. Moore, president, as a guarantee of good faith. The Markham Independent School District reserves the right to reject any and all bids. A. A. Moore, President, J. W. Gullett, Secretary.--
Houston Post, October 17, 1904

The contract was let yesterday by the trustees of Markham independent school district to S. T. Standford to build a fine five-room school house for Markham. The price was $4290. It is to be finished about New Year’s.--
Houston Post, October 28, 1904

Eagle Lake News Notes.

(Houston Post Special.)

Markham, Texas, March 5.--The new five-room school house here is finished and the board will likely receive it and take possession next week. It is the best school building in this county and would reflect credit on a much older town than Markham. The plans were drawn by Architect Glen Allen, and it presents a most attractive appearance, as well as the most convenient arrangement for a school of its size.--Houston Post, March 6, 1905




Markham School

"Markham High"

Words and Music by Miss Jimmie Craft

To Markham High
We'll all be true
For we love our dear old school
For it's colors we'll fight, fight, fight
For the Gold and the Blue
Be loyal and true always
And stand by our school anew
And join in the song
As we sing along
Of our Old High School

We love our flag
Its Stars and Stripes
We love our Native land
We love our school
Its toils and strifes
For it we'll proudly stand
To Markham High
We'll live or die
To it we'll all be true
For it we'll strive with all our might
Our Markham school.

From 1938 Yearbook, The Mustang




Voters Of Markham And Blessing Okeh Consolidation Plans

Voters of Markham and Blessing Independent School Districts turned out in large numbers and voted for the consolidation of both districts by large majorities.

Each district held its own election and both boxes gave the proposal an overwhelming affirmative vote. The Blessing box registered 117 for and 22 against consolidation; and the Markham box reported 107 for and 51 against the measure, or a total of 224 for an 73 against the plan.

This school merger will produce one of the largest school districts in the Gulf Coast area, covering all of Commissioner’s Precinct 4 and a portion of Commissioner’s Precinct 3. The districts will continue to operate their own high schools as before until definite plans for one high school can be drawn.

Palacios Beacon, July 29, 1948


Invitations courtesy of Deean Griffith and Louis Kopnicky


Goodbye Old School

Photo courtesy of Louis Kopnicky

Photo courtesy of Louis Kopnicky

Photo courtesy of Louis Kopnicky


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