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Kennedale in Tarrant County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Kennedale Independent School District

 
 
Kennedale Independent School District Texas Historical Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By QuesterMark, June 23, 2017
1. Kennedale Independent School District Texas Historical Marker
Inscription.  Known for its farming and brick manufacturing, the town of Kennedale was not officially incorporated until 1947. However, the town's citizens recognized early the need for educational facilities for area families. To accommodate their need, the Kennedale Independent School District (ISD) was established around 1890.

The first school was a two-story frame building located near the current Administration Building, with all students taught by one teacher. At that time, the academic year was only two months, suiting the needs of the agricultural community. Over the next twenty years, the area grew and so did the need for educational facilities.

In 1913, the Kennedale ISD purchased this site for a new school. To reflect the town's brick manufacturing heritage, the new two-story building was constructed with brick. Although the building had no running water or restroom facilities, the property included a large green space for gardening or outdoor activities. The second floor of the school featured movable walls to create an auditorium for school and community plays and events.

In 1938, seeking federal assistance to
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expand the school campus, the school district applied for funding through the Works Progress Administration (WPA). While it is unknown if the school district was awarded federal funds to build new classrooms, oral history attributes the old rock wall to the WPA. The Kennedale ISD campus changed over the years, but the rock wall remains as a reminder of Tarrant County and Texas Depression-era structures.
Marker is Property of the State of Texas

 
Erected 2016 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18476.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
 
Location. 32° 38.856′ N, 97° 13.31′ W. Marker is in Kennedale, Texas, in Tarrant County. Marker is at the intersection of West Kennedale Parkway (Business U.S. 287) and Crestview Drive, on the left when traveling south on West Kennedale Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 W Kennedale Pkwy, Kennedale TX 76060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hawkins Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away); Hudson Cemetery (approx. 2.3 miles away); Forest Hill Cemetery (approx. 3.6 miles away); Tate Cemetery (approx. 3.7 miles away);
Kennedale Independent School District Marker vicinity image. Click for full size.
Photographed By QuesterMark, June 23, 2017
2. Kennedale Independent School District Marker vicinity
Gibson Cemetery (approx. 4.1 miles away); Walnut Creek Cemetery (approx. 5 miles away); Dalworthington Gardens (approx. 5.3 miles away); General Edward H. Tarrant (approx. 5.6 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker stands in front of the stone wall mentioned in the marker text.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2017. It was originally submitted on July 4, 2017, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 527 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 4, 2017, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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