Spring Creek School

Spring Creek School (HM1RKG)

Location: Skellytown, TX 79080 Hutchinson County
Country: United States of America

N 35° 40.125', W 101° 17.958'

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Established in 1900, a year before Hutchinson County was formally organized, the Spring Creek School is an early and significant part of the county's educational heritage. In that year, W. B. Haile and other area ranchers collected funds to buy materials to build the first schoolhouse. Located on the Harvey Ranch near Spring Creek, the schoolhouse served 13 students, taught by Mrs. L. S. Ford that first, 60-day school year.

In 1901, the Hutchinson County commissioners court divided the county into four school districts, Spring Creek being named district #4. At that time, schools were under the supervision of a superintendent of county education, who by 1903 was W. B. Haile. When the area's population shifted, the first schoolhouse was moved to Haile Ranch and later to the Terry Ranch before becoming too small for the number of students enrolled. It was replaced sometime before 1930; this second building burned in 1932 but was rebuilt. The next building, a red brick structure, was completed in 1938 and offered the students and teachers six classrooms, a gymnasium-auditorium and a library.

In 1949, the White Deer Creek School District consolidated with Spring Creek. At the turn of the 21st century, the Spring Creek School retained its status as an independent school district, serving this rural part of Hutchinson County. Administrators have directed strong educational and extra-curricular programs throughout the school's history.
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Marker Number12442
Year Placed2001
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, April 10th, 2016 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 291888 N 3949644
Decimal Degrees35.66875000, -101.29930000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 40.125', W 101° 17.958'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 40' 7.5" N, 101° 17' 57.48" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)806
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Ranch Rd 2171, Skellytown TX 79080, US
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