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Near Skellytown in Hutchinson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Spring Creek School

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, March 17, 2016
1. Spring Creek School Marker
Inscription. Established in 1900, a year before Hutchinson County was formally organized, the Spring Creek School is an early and significant part of the county's educational heritage. In that year, W. B. Haile and other area ranchers collected funds to buy materials to build the first schoolhouse. Located on the Harvey Ranch near Spring Creek, the schoolhouse served 13 students, taught by Mrs. L. S. Ford that first, 60-day school year.

In 1901, the Hutchinson County commissioners court divided the county into four school districts, Spring Creek being named district #4. At that time, schools were under the supervision of a superintendent of county education, who by 1903 was W. B. Haile. When the area's population shifted, the first schoolhouse was moved to Haile Ranch and later to the Terry Ranch before becoming too small for the number of students enrolled. It was replaced sometime before 1930; this second building burned in 1932 but was rebuilt. The next building, a red brick structure, was completed in 1938 and offered the students and teachers six classrooms, a gymnasium-auditorium and a library.

In 1949, the White Deer Creek School District consolidated with Spring Creek. At the turn of the 21st century, the Spring Creek School retained its status as an independent school district, serving this rural part of Hutchinson County. Administrators have directed strong educational and extra-curricular programs throughout the school's history.
 
Erected 2001 by Texas Historical Commission
Spring Creek School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 17, 2016
2. Spring Creek School Marker
. (Marker Number 12442.)
 
Location. 35° 40.125′ N, 101° 17.958′ W. Marker is near Skellytown, Texas, in Hutchinson County. Marker is on Farm to Market Road 2171, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9849 FM2171, Skellytown TX 79080, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Booker T. Washington School (approx. 4.9 miles away); East Ward Elementary School (approx. 5 miles away); Twentieth Century Club (approx. 5 miles away); Borger 1929 Jail (approx. 5.1 miles away); Quanah Parker Trail (approx. 5.1 miles away); Grand Hotel and Grand Hardware Building (approx. 5.1 miles away); Ace Borger Home (approx. 5.2 miles away); First Methodist Church of Borger (approx. 5.3 miles away).
 
Categories. Education
 
Spring Creek School image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 17, 2016
3. Spring Creek School
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 10, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 154 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 10, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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