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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Rockport in Aransas County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Rockport School

Rockport School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Norman Frank, March 16, 2012
1. Rockport School Marker
Inscription.  Rockport School has served the town of Rockport for many years as both an educational and community institution. It dates to 1935, during the era of the Great Depression. One of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs to combat the Depression was the Federal Emergency Administration of Public works, later the Public Works Administration (PWA), part of the National Industrial Recovery Act. Workers completed construction on the Rockport School, labeled project number 2813, under the PWA, and local bonds helped to subsidize the government project.

The district had the structure built on the site of an earlier Rockport school, a wooden structure dating to 1892. When the new school opened, it housed eleven grades before adding the twelfth a few years later for full accreditation.

Rockport School served the community for many years while undergoing several changes. After World War II, a former Army Air Forces building provided space for a gymnasium and classroom addition utilized until the late 1950s. After construction of a new high school in the city in 1953, district officials converted this building into an elementary
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school and renamed it Rockport Elementary. In 2005, after the school closed, it became a community center.

This zigag moderne building features a dramatic stylized sunburst over the entryway. Other features include a running course of brickwork detailing and symmetrical, regular massing.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2006
Erected 2006 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13653.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkEducation. A significant historical year for this entry is 1935.
Location. 28° 1.723′ N, 97° 3.155′ W. Marker is in Rockport, Texas, in Aransas County. Marker is at the intersection of North Live Oak Street and East Laurel Street, on the right when traveling south on North Live Oak Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 619 N Live Oak St, Rockport TX 78382, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Presbyterian Church of Rockport (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wood-Jackson House (about 400 feet away); Joe A. and Bertha Harper House (about 600 feet away); Bracht House (about 700 feet away); St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Old Courthouse
Rockport School image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Norman Frank, March 16, 2012
2. Rockport School
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Aransas County (approx. 0.2 miles away); First National Bank of Rockport (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockport.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2012. This page has been viewed 757 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 16, 2012, by Norman Frank of Rockport, Texas.   2. submitted on March 18, 2012. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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