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Titusville in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Titusville School House - 1900

Historic Titusville

 
 
Titusville School House - 1900 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, October 19, 2019
1. Titusville School House - 1900 Marker
Inscription.  "The residents of this town - especially those who have children - are deeply interested in the matter of good schools and suitable buildings..."
- East Coast Advocate, May 1900

Before City Hall was built, this site was occupied by early public schools. A traditional wooden schoolhouse, complete with bell tower, was constructed during the summer of 1900 to replace a structure on Tropic Street destroyed by fire. The new school was built for 175 pupils, 40 of whom were to be transported from Mims and LaGrange "comfortably seated" in a covered wagon. The wood frame schoolhouse housed the first Titusville High School.

In 1916, a larger school was constructed of solid concrete. Completed in June 1917, the three-story structure contained 14 classrooms, a science laboratory, auditorium, and gym. Later, Titusville High was relocated. The school served lower grades, eventually becoming Bayview Elementary.

The site was chosen in 1964 for City Hall, and the old school was marked for demolition. Aging, but mostly sound, the structure valiantly resisted when its time came. "The wrecking ball just bounced off," recalled
Marker detail: The first school bus, a horse-drawn wagon image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: The first school bus, a horse-drawn wagon
one amused spectator.
 
Erected by City of Titusville.
 
Location. 28° 36.588′ N, 80° 48.447′ W. Marker is in Titusville, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is on South Washington Avenue (U.S. 1) south of Pine Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located beside the sidewalk on the north side of Titusville City Hall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 555 South Washington Avenue, Titusville FL 32796, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Pritchard House (within shouting distance of this marker); Titusville Vietnam War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Titus House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church (about 600 feet away); Wager's Grocery Store & Wharf - c. 1875 (about 800 feet away); Titus House & the Indian River Hotel, c. 1869 (about 800 feet away); Scobie Fish & Oyster Company - 1885 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Challenger (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Titusville.
 
Categories. Education
 
Marker detail: A view of the wooden schoolhouse, c. 1910 image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: A view of the wooden schoolhouse, c. 1910
Marker detail: Children at play outside the Titusville School, c. 1920s image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: Children at play outside the Titusville School, c. 1920s
Titusville School House - 1900 Marker  <i>wide view<br>(City Hall in background)</i> image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, October 19, 2019
5. Titusville School House - 1900 Marker wide view
(City Hall in background)
Titusville City Hall (<i>located just south of marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, October 19, 2019
6. Titusville City Hall (located just south of marker)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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