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Godley in Johnson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Godley School

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Photographed By J Frye
1. Godley School Marker

The town of Godley began in 1886, as rancher and lumber merchant R. B. Godley donated land for a townsite and right-of-way to the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. Predating the railroad town was the local school, as Johnson County Commissioners Court formed Godley Independent School District in July 1884. Dr. John I. Pearson was one of the earliest teachers. Godley College began in 1899 in a three-story frame building, becoming Godley High School three years later. A three-story brick building opened in time for graduation in 1916.

Godley School experienced great growth in the late 1930s through rural school consolidation and federal New Deal agency aid. A 1937 gymnasium and 1939 auditorium enlarged the existing campus. The auditorium (later a library) was completed with financial and labor assistance through the National Youth Administration. A new main building, completed in 1940 with Works Progress Administration funds, joined the gymnasium and auditorium into a single building and an unusually large facility for a rural school. School buildings from Bruce, Pleasant View and Cottonwood were moved here as part of the
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Photographed By J Frye, November 5, 2021
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new construction. Godley School housed all grades until 1967 when a new elementary school was built. After 1984 the school became a middle school, then an intermediate school in 2000. The Godley School consists of one-story wings connecting a two-story main building and an auditorium and gymnasium in a modified rectangular plan. The exterior is clad with native stone in a giraffe rock pattern. Dark brick is laid in a stack bond variation, with alternating runners and stretchers. Multi-pane windows and Spanish Colonial-style entries are also prominent.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2010
Marker is property of the State of Texas
Erected 2010 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16441.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEducationSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1899.
Location. 32° 27.453′ N, 97° 31.649′ W. Marker is in Godley, Texas, in Johnson County. Marker is on North Pearson. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 309 N Pearson, Godley TX 76044, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Baptist Church of Godley (approx. 0.6 miles away); Bruce-Davis House (approx. 7.2 miles away); Cresson School (approx. 7½ miles away);
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Grave of Elizabeth Crockett (approx. 9.2 miles away); Acton Cemetery (approx. 9.3 miles away); Former Acton Masonic Lodge Hall (approx. 9.3 miles away); Southwest Metroplex Baptist Association (approx. 10.1 miles away); Three Miles South to the Grave of Elizabeth Crockett (approx. 10.1 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2021, by J Frye of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 120 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 16, 2021, by J Frye of Fort Worth, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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Feb. 5, 2023