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Groesbeck in Limestone County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Groesbeck Independent School District

Groesbeck Independent School District Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, January 8, 2021
1. Groesbeck Independent School District Marker

Developers established the town of Groesbeck in February 1871, and Groesbeck College opened two months later on Trinity Street. Education for African American children dates from 1881, when trustees bought an acre of land adjacent to the Lone Star Cemetery (2 mi. S) for school and church purposes. In 1886, Limestone County acquired the former Groesbeck College property to establish the town's first public free school.

On May 24, 1890, citizens voted 43 to 24 in favor of incorporating the town for school purposes. Two days later, County Judge L.B. Cobb approved formation of the Groesbeck Independent School District. By 1892, the district erected two new buildings, one for white students and one for African American students. Over the years the district established new campuses throughout the city. A large two-story frame school built in 1896 burned in 1910, prompting construction of the first brick school. Starting with Frost Creek in 1926 and ending with Thornton in 1965, several rural schools consolidated with Groesbeck, vastly increasing the attendance area. Integration began in 1966 and was complete by 1969. Today, Groesbeck
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Independent School District is a large school system covering hundreds of square miles and including the incorporated cities of Groesbeck, Kosse and Thornton.

Groesbeck fielded its first football team in 1900. School traditions include selection of the Goat as the school mascot in about 1925, introduction of the Taog yearbook in 1937, adoption of the high school colors as red and white in 1939, and the founding and first homecoming of the Groesbeck Ex-Students Association in 1952.
Erected 2006 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13716.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducation. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1871.
Location. 31° 32.318′ N, 96° 31.492′ W. Marker is in Groesbeck, Texas, in Limestone County. Marker is at the intersection of North Ellis Street (State Highway 14) and County Highway 412, on the right when traveling north on North Ellis Street. The marker is located in front of the Groesbeck High School on the south side. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1202 North Ellis Street, Groesbeck TX 76642, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Baptist Church of Groesbeck (approx. one mile away); First Methodist Church of Groesbeck (approx. 1.2 miles away); Limestone County Memorial
Groesbeck Independent School District Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, January 8, 2021
2. Groesbeck Independent School District Marker
(approx. 1.3 miles away); Limestone County Courthouse (approx. 1.3 miles away); Home County of Lafayette Lumpkin Foster (approx. 1.3 miles away); Mrs. C.D. Kelly (approx. 1.6 miles away); Fort Parker Memorial Park (approx. 1.6 miles away); Seth H. Bates (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Groesbeck.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 14, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 153 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 15, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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