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

Mitchell School

Est. 1902

— Victoria Trail Through Time —

 
 
Mitchell School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, February 21, 2022
1. Mitchell School Marker
Inscription.  
In 1902, the building was completed
and named Central High School.


In 1899 the Victoria Independent School District began the search for a location to build a new school. The block they chose, however, was the site of Victoria's first public burial ground, Memorial Square. The Victoria Independent School District petitioned the City Council for the use of Memorial Square as the site of the new school and "The Battle for the Cemetery" ensued. After much confusion, name calling, circulation of petitions, and threats of law suits, the trouble was solved. School officials withdrew their request and looked across the street, finding an entire block to suit their needs. This site was purchased and today Mitchell School stands in the middle of the block.

VISD employed Jules Leffland as architect on the building in 1901, with Bailey Mills of Victoria awarded the contract to build it. The three-story structure was erected on the site of the old Female Academy, or Case School. In 1902 the building was completed and named Central High School. It had a much different appearance than today and until 1935
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the rest rooms were in a separate building just to the rear of the school.

The first of several fires occurred at Central High on March 8, 1921. About the only result of this fire was the enforcement of a city curfew. Everyone under age 18 had to be in company of an adult if on city property after 8 pm.

The school was renamed in 1922 to honor J.D. Mitchell (1848-1922), one of the school district's first trustees. Mitchell was also a former City Council member, legislator, and a renowned scientist.

Another fire occurred on December 17, 1935, which did a great amount of damage. This one started in the third floor auditorium causing so much damage that entire floor was abandoned and closed off to students.

The worst fire occurred in 1943, resulting in the heavy tin and slate roof and the third floor ceiling caving in. The building was again repaired but the third story was removed and the structure was remodeled into what we see today.

Captions
Lower Right: "Mitchell School"
Original Illustration by Tom Jones

Upper Right: Joseph Daniel Mitchel
Photograph Collection, Victoria College/UH-Victoria Library

 
Erected by City of Victoria.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical date for this entry is March 8, 1921.
 
Location.
Mitchell School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, February 21, 2022
2. Mitchell School Marker
28° 48.056′ N, 97° 0.114′ W. Marker is in Victoria, Texas, in Victoria County. Marker is at the intersection of North De Leon Street and East Commercial Street, on the right when traveling north on North De Leon Street. The marker is located at the southwestern corner of the Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 402 North De Leon Street, Victoria TX 77901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Peter Underhay Pridham (a few steps from this marker); Memorial Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Texas Soldiers and Pioneer Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Mitchell School (within shouting distance of this marker); Victoria County (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Memorial Square (within shouting distance of this marker); McNamara House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Viola Case (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victoria.
 
Also see . . .
1. Education in Texas. (Submitted on February 28, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
2. Mitchell, Joseph Daniel (1848–1922). He was one of the founders of the Victoria Independent School District, served as a trustee of the district for many years, and donated 500 slides of animal life to the
The Mitchell School Marker in Memorial Square image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, February 21, 2022
3. The Mitchell School Marker in Memorial Square
Victoria schools. Mitchell School, named in honor of the naturalist, was built in 1901, the first school in the new district. Source: The Handbook of Texas (Submitted on February 28, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The view of the Mitchell School Marker from the street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, February 21, 2022
4. The view of the Mitchell School Marker from the street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 28, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 28, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 363 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 28, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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