Site of Scranton Academy

Site of Scranton Academy (HM1IK2)

Location: Cisco, TX 76437 Eastland County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 18.295', W 99° 6.764'

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A private, co-educational school organized in 1903 to augment Scranton Public School (opened 1887).
     Scranton, a small farming-ranching community, was only 13 years old when citizens founded the academy, by public subscription. The school expanded rapidly, reaching an enrollment of 325 by 1910. At its peak all grade levels (then numbering 11) were taught.
     First president, O.C. Britton, presided 1903-1908. He was followed by W.W. Griffin (1909), S.P. Collins (1910-1911), and J.E. Temple Peters (1911-1915). Under Peters, courses were standardized, a science program begun, and a modern laboratory and library added. Later presidents were J.W. Hawkins (1916), and L.E. Ratten (1917).
     Among early trustees were G.W. Bailey, F.G. Boyd, A.P. Brown, W.D. Clinton, W.T. Gattis, E.B. Lane, J.J. Ray, W.T. Rutherford, A.M. Sprawls, J.R. Sprawls, and John L. Woods.
     In addition to basic subjects, school offered a teacher training program. Physical plant consisted of a large classroom building, a 500-seat auditorium, two dormitories, scientific laboratory, and library.
     During its lifetime, the academy contributed much to the town's culture and its graduates entered many different walks of life. It closed with the advent of World War I in 1917.
HM NumberHM1IK2
Marker Number4616
Year Placed1971
Placed ByTexas State Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Sunday, December 28th, 2014 at 9:01pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 489387 N 3574239
Decimal Degrees32.30491667, -99.11273333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 18.295', W 99° 6.764'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 18' 17.7" N, 99° 6' 45.84" W
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Area Code(s)254, 325
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Co Rd 151, Cisco TX 76437, US
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