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Paris in Lamar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Paris Public Schools

 
 
Paris Public Schools Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 12, 2016
1. Paris Public Schools Marker
Inscription.  Although attempts to provide a public school system in Paris were made as early as 1877, it was not until 1884 that the system as it is known today was organized. Under the strong leadership of Mayor John C. Gibbons, W.B. Aikin, E.L. Dohoney, and Travis Henderson, the city council appointed a board of trustees to supervise the first full session of the newly organized school system.

Three schools comprised the system in 1884, the Aikin Institute, later known as Aikin High School and as Paris High School, was located at this site. The second facility was the Graham School, originally known as the Paris Female Institute. A school for black students was located on North Jefferson Street in 1884. It later was moved to another site and was named Gibbons High School in honor of the former mayor.

J.C. Brooks of Tennessee served as first superintendent of Paris Public Schools. A later superintendent, J.G. Wooten, served for 37 years and was responsible for much improvement and expansion, including the 1924 addition of Paris Junior College, which remained part of the public school system until 1949.

Through its years
Paris Public Schools Marker (<i>tall view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 12, 2016
2. Paris Public Schools Marker (tall view)
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of growth and development, the Paris Public Schools have educated and influenced thousands of students throughout the community.
 
Erected 1984 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8219.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducationMan-Made Features. A significant historical year for this entry is 1884.
 
Location. 33° 39.689′ N, 95° 33.221′ W. Marker is in Paris, Texas, in Lamar County. Marker is at the intersection of 3rd Street Northeast and Lamar Avenue (Business U.S. 271), on the right when traveling north on 3rd Street Northeast. Marker is located west of Liberty National Bank. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 305 Lamar Avenue, Paris TX 75460, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First United Methodist Church of Paris (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert Cooke Buckner (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Paris Fire Department (about 700 feet away); First Baptist Church of Paris (about 700 feet away); Lamar County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); John James Culbertson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lamar County, C. S. A. (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Paris Fire, 1916 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Paris.
 
More about this marker. Aikin Institute, later known as Aikin High School and as Paris High School, was located at this site
 
Paris Public Schools Marker (<i>wide view - Liberty National Bank in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 12, 2016
3. Paris Public Schools Marker (wide view - Liberty National Bank in background)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 29, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 168 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 29, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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