Palestine High School

Palestine High School (HM2DRR)

Location: Palestine, TX 75801 Anderson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 45.494', W 95° 37.654'

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A public school system in Palestine was established in 1881 under control of the municipal government. The first classes were held at the old Palestine Female Institute (built in 1858), then a high school was built in 1888 at the Institute site on Avenue A.

In 1915 voters passed a $100,000 bond issue for a new high school. The City Council chose this site in newly created, 22-acre Reagan Park for the campus. Fort Worth architects Sanguinet & Staats were chosen for the design, which features Tudor Gothic — or Jacobethan — detail in brick, limestone, and occasional tile panels.

The 2-story structure, on a raised basement, is framed with reinforced concrete, allowing ample window space for air and light. The original plan included eight lecture rooms, a library, a gymnasium, laboratories, and an auditorium. A principal and 10 teachers comprised the first faculty, and the first graduating class in 1917 contained 38 students.

This building became a junior high in 1939, and was named in 1955 for John Henninger Reagan (1818-1905), Texas statesman and Palestine resident. Elementary grades were assigned here from 1966 to 1976, when the school was closed. The building was then preserved and rehabilitated as a museum and cultural center.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1986


in the National Register of Historic Places - 1986
Year Placed1986
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 at 4:03pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 251124 N 3516643
Decimal Degrees31.75823333, -95.62756667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 45.494', W 95° 37.654'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 45' 29.64" N, 95° 37' 39.24" W
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Area Code(s)903
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 400 S Micheaux Ave, Palestine TX 75801, US
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