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Near Cisco in Eastland County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Site of Scranton Academy

 
 
Site of Scranton Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 25, 2014
1. Site of Scranton Academy Marker
Inscription. A private, co-educational school organized in 1903 to augment Scranton Public School (opened 1887).
     Scranton, a small farming-ranching community, was only 13 years old when citizens founded the academy, by public subscription. The school expanded rapidly, reaching an enrollment of 325 by 1910. At its peak all grade levels (then numbering 11) were taught.
     First president, O.C. Britton, presided 1903-1908. He was followed by W.W. Griffin (1909), S.P. Collins (1910-1911), and J.E. Temple Peters (1911-1915). Under Peters, courses were standardized, a science program begun, and a modern laboratory and library added. Later presidents were J.W. Hawkins (1916), and L.E. Ratten (1917).
     Among early trustees were G.W. Bailey, F.G. Boyd, A.P. Brown, W.D. Clinton, W.T. Gattis, E.B. Lane, J.J. Ray, W.T. Rutherford, A.M. Sprawls, J.R. Sprawls, and John L. Woods.
     In addition to basic subjects, school offered a teacher training program. Physical plant consisted of a large classroom building, a 500-seat auditorium, two dormitories, scientific laboratory, and library.
     During its lifetime, the academy contributed much to the town’s culture and its graduates entered many different walks of life. It closed with the advent of World War I in 1917.
 
Erected 1971 by Texas
Site of Scranton Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 25, 2014
2. Site of Scranton Academy Marker
Adjacent marker commemorates the 1915-1916 basketball team
State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 4616.)
 
Location. 32° 18.295′ N, 99° 6.764′ W. Marker is near Cisco, Texas, in Eastland County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Farm to Market Road 1864 and County Road 151. Touch for map. Marker is located along the driveway to the ruin building of the Scranton Academy; the above directions are to the driveway off FM 1864. Marker is in this post office area: Cisco TX 76437, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Scranton Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Atwell Cemetery (approx. 3.5 miles away); Hittson Ranch Headquarters on Battle Creek (approx. 5.6 miles away); Burkett Pecan Tree (approx. 5.8 miles away); Site of Cottonwood Springs (approx. 8.7 miles away); Cottonwood Bank and Post Office (approx. 8.7 miles away); Old Cottonwood Cemetery (approx. 8.8 miles away); Admiral Baptist Church (approx. 10.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Schools of Scranton, Texas. This website also has pages on the history of Scranton. (Submitted on December 28, 2014.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Scranton Academy Basketball Team Commemoration
Next to the marker
Scranton Academy Basketball Team Commemoration image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 25, 2014
3. Scranton Academy Basketball Team Commemoration
is a metal tablet on a post commemorating the 1915-1916 basketball team. The tablet is inscribed as follows:

Scranton Academy
In memory of Coach Clinton E. (Shorty) Adams and members of the basketball team of Scranton Academy for the year of 1915-1916.

Lory Boyd • George Boyd • Earl Brown • Raymond Curry • Graydon Esmond • Ira McNeil • Otis Neill • Earl Ray • Tom (Potsy) Rippy • Clyde (Babe) Shaw • Oren Speegle • Aubry Sprawls • John Wallace • Bill Ledbetter - Mascot

Won 28      Lost 0
    — Submitted December 28, 2014.

 
Categories. Education
 
Marker Along Driveway to Remaining Building of Scranton Academy image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 25, 2014
4. Marker Along Driveway to Remaining Building of Scranton Academy
View from parking lot in front of Scranton Academy building
East Side of Scranton Academy Building image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 25, 2014
5. East Side of Scranton Academy Building
North Side of Scranton Academy Building image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 25, 2014
6. North Side of Scranton Academy Building
Southwest Corner of Scranton Academy Building image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 25, 2014
7. Southwest Corner of Scranton Academy Building
Interior of North Wall of Scranton Academy Building image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 25, 2014
8. Interior of North Wall of Scranton Academy Building
Southeast Corner of Scranton Academy Building image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 25, 2014
9. Southeast Corner of Scranton Academy Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 28, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 228 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on December 28, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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