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

Wink Junior High and High School

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, November 11, 2017
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Inscription. The Wink School organized in April 1928, at which time an independent district formed and the first board of trustees was elected. The Wink Junior High and High School, built in 1929, is a two-story building with running bond brick cladding and mission revival styling, including shaped parapets, decorative tiles and clay tile roofs over arcades and covered entries. Milton C. Butler (1888-1968) of the Butler Company of Lubbock was the architect. He designed dozens of public buildings in Texas and other states from the 1920s to the 1950s, including the Bailey, Yoakum and Hockley County Courthouses. The school complex has undergone several changes over the years including the addition of the Lena Laughlin Auditorium (1968), a new cafeteria and a physical fitness center (1983) and a library wing (1999).

Roy Orbison, a rock-n-roll singer and songwriter, grew up in Wink and graduated from Wink High School in 1954. While attending high school, Orbison and some friends formed a country music group called the Wink Westerners. Orbison and his band often performed at the school and on a weekly radio station program.

The high school not only served as a location for learning but also as a meeting place for community activities and sporting events. Local groups have met in the cafeteria over the years, and Wildcat Alumni hold
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By Bill Kirchner, November 11, 2017
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an all-class reunion every five years in conjunction with the Roy Orbison Festival. Athletics, marching band, student volunteers and other school groups remain a source of pride for the wink wildcats and the community. The reverence of the students, faculty and patrons of Wink High School will maintain its appealing history.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

 
Erected 2012 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17754.)
 
Location. 31° 45.298′ N, 103° 9.149′ W. Marker is in Wink, Texas, in Winkler County. Marker is on North Rosey Dodd Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 North Rosey Dodd Avenue, Wink TX 79789, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Roy Orbison (approx. mile away); Winkler County Discovery Well (approx. mile away); Wink (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Wink Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away); Old Duval Townsite (approx. 5.9 miles away); The Community Church (approx. 7.8 miles away); Winkler County Courthouse (approx. 7.8 miles away); Colonel C. M. Winkler (approx. 7.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wink.
 
Categories. Education
 
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By Bill Kirchner, November 11, 2017
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 16, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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