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Baytown in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Robert E. Lee High School

Robert E. Lee High School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, March 14, 2021
1. Robert E. Lee High School Marker
Inscription.  After a population increase due to the discovery of oil in 1908, local residents realized the need for permanent school facilities and formed the Goose Creek Independent School District in 1919, encompassing the cities of Goose Creek, Pelly, and Baytown and the Wooster community. Prominent Houston architect Harry D. Payne designed a new school, which opened in Fall 1928. The Art Deco-style building with Classical elements is concrete-framed with a stucco veneer on a concrete foundation. Notable features include glazed terra cotta roof tiles, brick trimmed niches with urns, and Classical finials. Robert E. Lee High School, named due to the Confederate general's popularity in the area, served as a senior high school for the entire district. Sited between Goose Creek-Baytown Highway (now Market Street) and the Dayton-Goose Creek Railroad (now Union Pacific), the school was centrally located in the tri-cities, allowing it to unite them and become the heart of the area.

As a stated purpose of the school was to become the center of all community activities, various organizations and churches were allowed to use its facilities, and the
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auditorium became a popular venue for civic events. Another purpose was adult education; from 1934 to 1951, Lee Junior College held classes at night on the high school campus. Disaster struck on April 29, 1987, when a fire, later determined to be arson, engulfed the main building. Alumni and citizens insisted on restoration of the building to its original appearance. From the beginning, Robert E. Lee High School students have won numerous honors in both academics and athletics. Over the years, the school has expanded and modernized to consistently meet the highest standards and remain a first-class high school.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2011

Erected 2011 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16880.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1928.
Location. 29° 43.887′ N, 94° 59.19′ W. Marker is in Baytown, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is on Market Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1809 Market Street, Baytown TX 77520, 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. Goose Creek Stream (approx. half a mile away); Lee College (approx. half a mile away); George Washington Carver High School
Robert E. Lee High School image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, March 14, 2021
2. Robert E. Lee High School
(approx. 0.6 miles away); Baytown Post Office (approx. one mile away); K'Nesseth Israel Synagogue (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Bayland Guards (approx. 1.3 miles away); Confederate Naval Works at Goose Creek (approx. 1.3 miles away); Bayland Orphans Home (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baytown.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2023. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2021, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 329 times since then and 147 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 16, 2021, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.

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Nov. 29, 2023