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

Crowell Schools

Crowell Schools Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 8, 2017
1. Crowell Schools Marker
Inscription. The first local schools organized shortly after the establishment of the community in 1891. Commissioners divided Foard County into nine school districts, including one for Crowell. Early settler Benjamin R. Blankenship contributed funds toward the first school. Residents then constructed a building at Gibson (now Horner) and Marietta Streets. Crowell College was also a vital community and religious center; the school's auditorium hosted church services and stage plays. After a fire destroyed the building in 1897, residents built a new structure. The State of Texas gave the school accreditation by 1908, when it first held graduation exercises. Larger structures replaced older ones in 1912 and here in 1928. Through the years, the community added additional buildings, including a grade school finished in 1938 with aid from Public Works Administration and Civil Works Administration funding. Residents built a new African American school building in 1934 and made improvements to it in 1953.

Noted faculty and administrators have included band leader D.W. Curtis and brothers I.T. and C.G. Graves, who combined to serve as superintendents from 1927 through 1964. Thrall native and Crowell High School graduate (1935) Dick Todd brought fame by scoring 318 in a season and 664 points in his football career, both then state records. He helped Crowell win district championships in football and basketball as a student, played football for Texas A&M, Iowa Pre-Flight and the NFL's Washington Redskins (1939-42, 1945-48), and also coached at
Crowell Schools Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 8, 2017
2. Crowell Schools Marker
the collegiate and professional levels. Through the years, a number of school districts merged with Crowell's. Today, Crowell Independent School District, which covers all of Foard County and parts of King and Knox Counties, continues to be a leader in education.
Erected 2008 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15186.)
Location. 33° 59.434′ N, 99° 43.257′ W. Marker is in Crowell, Texas, in Foard County. Marker is at the intersection of 3rd Street and East Logan Street, on the right when traveling north on 3rd Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 East Logan Street, Crowell TX 79227, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Christian Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Quanah Parker and the Comanches (approx. 0.4 miles away); Robert L. Foard (approx. half a mile away); Foard Co (approx. half a mile away); Foard County Courthouse (approx. half a mile away); First Officials of Foard County (approx. half a mile away); Pease River Battlefield (approx. 0.7 miles away); Foard County (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crowell.
Categories. Education
Crowell Jr-Sr High School image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 8, 2017
3. Crowell Jr-Sr High School
Marker is, on the building, at the far left .
Credits. This page was last revised on July 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 1, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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