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Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Austin High School

John T. Allan Campus

 
 
Austin High School - John T. Allan Campus Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, November 18, 2007
1. Austin High School - John T. Allan Campus Marker
Inscription. An ornate, red brick building at this site served as the first structure in town built for the public high school, founded in 1881. Construction of the facility was hastened when classrooms in the former temporary State Capitol at 11th and Congress were destroyed by fire. Completed in 1900 from the plans of Burt McDonald and James Reily, "Old Red" featured a domed rotunda, as the school grew additions were made to the original structure.

Under the supervision of principal James E. Pearce. 1895-1918 and superintendent A.N. McCallum, 1903-42, Austin High School developed a quality academic program. Renovations included the John T. Allan manual training center and one of the earliest domestic arts (home economics) departments in the nation.

The buildings here could no longer accommodate the growing Austin High School by 1925 and plans were made to utilize the larger junior high campus at the corner of 12th and Rio Grande. The switch was made during the Thanksgivings Holidays of that year and "Old Red" became the John T. Allan Junior High School. Classes were held at this site until 1956, when the complex was destroyed by fire.
 
Erected 1981 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15360.)
 
Location. 30° 16.217′ 
Austin High School - John T. Allan Campus Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, November 18, 2007
2. Austin High School - John T. Allan Campus Marker
View from across Trinity Street. Building behind and to the left of the marker is the First Baptist Church of Austin.
N, 97° 44.289′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 901 Trinity St, Austin TX 78701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. German Free School (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saint Maryís Cathedral (about 600 feet away); Site of Tenth Street Methodist Church (about 700 feet away); Central Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saint Davidís Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Texas Highway Department (approx. 0.2 miles away); M.M. Longís Livery Stable and Opera House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Swedish Consulate and Swante Palm Library (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Austin.
 
Categories. Education
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 666 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on October 5, 2016.
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