“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Palestine in Anderson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Site of Woodhouse School

Woodhouse School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 22, 2019
1. Woodhouse School Marker
Inscription.  Woodhouse School began with the consolidation of the Long Lake, Tucker and Magnolia schools into Consolidated Common School District No. 7. These were all small schools, each with two teachers: one for grades one through four and another for grades five through eight. In December 1937, William Phillip Bishop Woodhouse (1864-1951) deeded a portion of his landholdings to the school district for the construction of Woodhouse School.

Most of the teachers from Long Lake, Tucker and Magnolia returned to teach at Woodhouse for its opening session in the fall of 1938. Originally serving grades one through eight, the school added a grade each year until 1942, when the first senior class graduated and the first yearbook was published. First superintendent of the school district was J.P. Brookshire, who remained in that position until 1939.

The Work Projects Administration (WPA) built additional facilities for Woodhouse School in 1941, including an agriculture building, a cafeteria and a home economics cottage. Athletic programs centered around basketball, and Woodhouse fielded competitive boys' and girls' basketball teams throughout
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much of its history.

Consolidation with the Four Pines School to create Westwood School signaled the closing of Woodhouse. The class of 1960 was the last to graduate from Woodhouse, although its facilities continued in use until 1979. Woodhouse remains an important part of the history of rural education in Anderson County.
Erected 2001 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12643.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1937.
Location. 31° 39.272′ N, 95° 45.561′ W. Marker is near Palestine, Texas, in Anderson County. Marker is on State Highway 294, half a mile east of U.S. 79, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Palestine TX 75801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Old Magnolia (approx. 1.6 miles away); Mt. Pisgah Church and Cemetery (approx. 7.9 miles away); Fort Houston Cemetery (approx. 8 miles away); Fort Houston (approx. 8.4 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Houston (approx. 8.4 miles away); Site of Henry High School (approx. 10.2 miles away); Christopher Columbus Rogers (approx. 10.2 miles away); The I&GN Railroad in Palestine (approx. 10.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palestine.
Woodhouse School Marker Area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 22, 2019
2. Woodhouse School Marker Area
Remnants of Woodhouse School image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 22, 2019
3. Remnants of Woodhouse School
Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 30, 2019, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 423 times since then and 108 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 30, 2019, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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