Fort Apache in Navajo County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Theodore Roosevelt School (118)
On January 24, 1923 an act was passed by Congress authorizing the Secretary of the Interior to establish and maintain an Indian boarding school on the site of Fort Apache. The first students were Dine' (Navajo) children brought from the Navajo Reservation to the north. During the 1930's Ndee (Apache) children began to make up the majority of the student body. In 1960 public schools under the administration of the Arizona State Department of Education opened in Whiteriver, and most local children transferred to the new schools. T.R. School again housed a multi-tribal student body until the 1980's when the White Mountain Apache Tribe took administrative control of the school. This school building was built around 1932.
Erected by Fort Apache Historic Park and the White Mountain Apache Tribe.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Native Americans. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1932.
Location. 33° 47.429′ N, 109° 59.291′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Apache AZ 85926, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Boys' Dormitory (116) (within shouting distance of this marker); T.R. School Cafeteria (119) (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Barracks (115) (about 300 feet away); B.I.A. Club House (105) (about 400 feet away); Old Guard House (115A) (about 400 feet away); Officer's Quarters (106) (about 500 feet away); Adjutant's Office (117) (about 500 feet away); Girls' Dormitory (120) (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Apache.
More about this marker. All visitors to Fort Apache Historic Park must first register and pay admission at Culture Center, just to the left as you enter the park.
Also see . . .
1. Fort Apache Historic Park. Visit Arizona entry (Submitted on February 19, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Theodore Roosevelt School, Circa 1932. White Mountains online entry:
The Fort Apache Walking Tour description of the Theodore Roosevelt School, Building 118. (Submitted on October 12, 2010.)
3. Fort Apache History. The White Mountain Apache Tribe tells the history of the area including photos. (Submitted on October 12, 2010.)
4. The Theodore Roosevelt School at Fort Apache has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Cronkite News website entry (Submitted on June 17, 2013, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 11, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,413 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 11, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.