Hallettsville in Lavaca County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Hallettsville Public Schools
The existence of schools in Hallettsville can be traced to the early 1850s. Alma Male and Female Institute was established in 1852 just east of the town square on land donated by Margaret Hallett. The local Masonic lodge provided space in their building for church and school purposes for many years.
A public school was established in 1877 when the Baptist and Methodist churches joined to operate a graded school in the old Masonic building. A site for a permanent school was acquired in 1885, and the following year a two-story building was erected. Supported by the community and local taxes, the school expanded its programs to serve the needs of its students.
In 1907 an election was held in which the Hallettsville School District was declared independent from the county school system. A two-story red brick school building was erected in 1908 and was in use until it was destroyed by fire in 1919. A new building was completed in 1920, and other facilities have been added over the years. Hallettsville schools were integrated in 1966, and the former Stevens-Mayo School for Blacks became a Junior High School.
Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2342.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Education • Women.
Location. 29° 26.841′ N, 96° 56.137′ W. Marker is in Hallettsville, Texas, in Lavaca County. Marker is at the intersection of North Ridge Street and East Second Street, on the right when traveling north on North Ridge Street. The marker is located in front of the Hallettsville High School near the flagpole. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 North Ridge Street, Hallettsville TX 77964, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Peter Lutheran Church (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. James Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hallettsville Public Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church of Hallettsville (approx. ¼ mile away); First Methodist Church of Hallettsville (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of the Alma Male and Female Institute (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hallettsville (approx. 0.4 miles away); Joseph Kent (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hallettsville.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 18, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 19, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.