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

Austin High School

Rio Grande Campus

 
 
Austin High School – Rio Grande Campus Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, July 15, 2007
1. Austin High School – Rio Grande Campus Marker
Inscription. In Edwin Waller’s 1839 plan for the City of Austin, two blocks were set aside for schools at Rio Grande and 12th Street, then called College Avenue. The Austin School Board in 1881 authorized the use of existing school facilities on the south block to house the primary grades 1-4, grammar school classes 5-7, and high school grades 8-11. Due to increased enrollment, the school board in 1916 built the John T. Allan Junior High School on the north block.

In 1925 the Austin High School was moved to this location from a campus on the corner of Trinity and 9th, where the junior high was relocated. Additions to the complex here were completed later to accommodate the larger student body.

The late 1920s was a time of increased student involvement for Austin High. During those years the Red Jackets girls organization and the Red Dragon Drama Club were formed and the student newspaper, the Austin Maroon, began publication. In the 1930s, the nearby House Park Athletic Fields were developed. The school name was changed to Stephen F. Austin in 1953.

Used for high school classes until 1975. This site was later part of the Austin Community College system.
 
Erected 1981 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6416.)
 
Location.
Austin High School – Rio Grande Campus image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, July 15, 2007
2. Austin High School – Rio Grande Campus
Currently home to Austin Community College - Rio Grande Campus
30° 16.582′ N, 97° 44.825′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Rio Grande St and W 12th St. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Austin TX 78701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pease School (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Smith-Clark-Smith House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brizendine House (approx. 0.2 miles away); George W. Sampson Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fischer House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Daniel H. Caswell House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mauthe-Myrick Mansion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Central Christian Church (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 635 times since then and 30 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 June 16, 2016.
 
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