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Clarendon in Donley County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Clarendon College

 
 
Clarendon College Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen Lowrey, June 20, 2020
1. Clarendon College Marker
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On April 2, 1898, the first college in the Texas Panhandle, Clarendon College and University Training School (Clarendon College), was organized by the Methodist Church Conference. The college's doors opened in the town of Clarendon on September 5, 1898, and for the first few years, courses were offered for students ranging from first grade through college. The college graduated its first class in 1904.

On February 21, 1903, the Clarendon College Bulldogs played one of the earliest football games ever held in the Texas Panhandle, beating the Goodnight College Buffaloes 16-10.

Dr. George S. Slover oversaw an expansive period as president and led Clarendon to become a senior college on September 14, 1926. Clarendon conferred 28 bachelor's degrees before returning to junior college status and coming under the direction of the Clarendon School District in 1927.

Under president Kenneth D. Vaughan, the college separated from the public school and a county-wide college district was formed in 1965. An endowment from sisters Etta and Ida Harned allowed the college to move from
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its historic location and build the modern campus in 1968.

Clarendon college opened its first satellite center in Pampa in 1978 and later opened centers in Childress and Amarillo. Clarendon college remains a cultural center of Donley County and the region and continues to provide students in its service area an opportunity for higher education.

Marker is property of the state of Texas
 
Erected 2015 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18210.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education.
 
Location. 34° 56.718′ N, 100° 54.161′ W. Marker is in Clarendon, Texas, in Donley County. Marker is on College Drive, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1122 College Drive, Clarendon TX 79226, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Donley County (approx. 0.2 miles away); S. W. Lowe House (approx. ¾ mile away); Church of St. John Baptist (approx. 0.8 miles away); First United Methodist Church of Clarendon (approx. 0.9 miles away); Stockton P. Donley (approx. 0.9 miles away); Funeral Business in Clarendon (approx. 0.9 miles away); Donley County Courthouse
Clarendon College Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen Lowrey, June 20, 2020
2. Clarendon College Marker
(approx. 0.9 miles away); The Clarendon News (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clarendon.
 
Clarendon College Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen Lowrey, June 20, 2020
3. Clarendon College Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 21, 2020, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. This page has been viewed 229 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 21, 2020, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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