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Corpus Christi in Nueces County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Wynn Seale Junior High School

 
 
Wynn Seale Junior High School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 1, 2021
1. Wynn Seale Junior High School Marker
Inscription.  This property was outside the city limits in 1934 when acquired by the Corpus Christi Independent School District for a new junior high. The school board voted to name the planned facility for Edmund Wynn Seale (c.1887-1934) shortly after his death. Seale, President of Texas College of Arts and Industries in Kingsville, had served several South Texas school systems and had been principal of Corpus Christi High School.

Partial federal funding for the new school, the city's first to be built as a junior high, was secured from the Public Works Administration. Construction began in 1935 on a design by the firm of Hamon and Griffith, with Harry D. Payne Consulting. Local architect Everett Elijah Hamon (1885-1956) designed some 50 area schools. Wynn Seale was his largest effort, costing $387,624 when opened in 1936 with capacity for some 1,500 students.

The brick-clad building's Spanish Colonial Revival styling is highlighted with corbelled brick, cast stone, and tile details. The interior reflects this baroque theme, with an 800-seat auditorium featuring gilded and painted plaster reliefs, wrought iron balustrades, bronze and
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etched glass light fixtures, and stenciled designs. Numerous additions and improvements to the building have maintained its importance to local education.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark-1986

Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986
 
Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5915.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEducation. A significant historical year for this entry is 1934.
 
Location. 27° 46.292′ N, 97° 24.221′ W. Marker is in Corpus Christi, Texas, in Nueces County. Marker is at the intersection of Ayers Street and 15th Street, on the right when traveling east on Ayers Street. The marker is located at the front entrance to the school. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1701 Ayers Street, Corpus Christi TX 78404, 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. Moses Menger Elementary School (approx. half a mile away); Temple Beth El (approx. 0.6 miles away); Arthur Edward Spohn, M.D. and Spohn Hospital (approx. 0.7 miles away); Camp Scurry (approx. 0.7 miles away); Sisters of the Incarnate Word (approx. 0.9 miles away); First Methodist Church of Corpus Christi (approx. one mile away); Centennial Memorial Museum
The Wynn Seale Junior High School and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 1, 2021
2. The Wynn Seale Junior High School and Marker
(approx. one mile away); Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corpus Christi.
 
The front of the Wynn Seale Junior High School and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 1, 2021
3. The front of the Wynn Seale Junior High School and Marker
The view of the Wynn Seale Junior High School from the street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 1, 2021
4. The view of the Wynn Seale Junior High School from the street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 2, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 338 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 2, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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