Kennedale Independent School District

Kennedale Independent School District (HM1ZGB)

Location: Kennedale, TX 76060 Tarrant County
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N 32° 38.856', W 97° 13.31'

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Known for its farming and brick manufacturing, the town of Kennedale was not officially incorporated until 1947. However, the town's citizens recognized early the need for educational facilities for area families. To accommodate their need, the Kennedale Independent School District (ISD) was established around 1890.

The first school was a two-story frame building located near the current Administration Building, with all students taught by one teacher. At that time, the academic year was only two months, suiting the needs of the agricultural community. Over the next twenty years, the area grew and so did the need for educational facilities.

In 1913, the Kennedale ISD purchased this site for a new school. To reflect the town's brick manufacturing heritage, the new two-story building was constructed with brick. Although the building had no running water or restroom facilities, the property included a large green space for gardening or outdoor activities. The second floor of the school featured movable walls to create an auditorium for school and community plays and events.

In 1938, seeking federal assistance to expand the school campus, the school district applied for funding through the Works Progress Administration (WPA). While it is unknown if the school district was awarded federal funds to build new
classrooms, oral history attributes the old rock wall to the WPA. The Kennedale ISD campus changed over the years, but the rock wall remains as a reminder of Tarrant County and Texas Depression-era structures.
Marker is Property of the State of Texas
Year Placed2016
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Thursday, July 6th, 2017 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 666777 N 3613617
Decimal Degrees32.64760000, -97.22183333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 38.856', W 97° 13.31'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 38' 51.36" N, 97° 13' 18.6" W
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Area Code(s)817, 214, 682
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 116-120 US-287 BUS, Kennedale TX 76060, US
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