Details for Gaston Public School Complex (Atlas Number 5401010998)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5401010998


Marker Number 10998
Atlas Number 5401010998
Marker Title Gaston Public School Complex
Index Entry Gaston Public School
City Henderson
County Rusk
UTM Zone 15
UTM Easting 321645
UTM Northing 3561669
Subject Codes educational topics; Federal programs
Marker Year 1992
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location 6 mi. west of Henderson on SH 64
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text An oil boom here in the early 1930s prompted the formal organization of the Gaston Independent School District in 1931 to cope with the community's rapidly expanding student population. The district chose Dallas architects Emory White and Howard DeFee to design both an elementary and a 2-story high school building. These brick structures were completed at this site, along with a football field, in 1932. The district added a wooden gymnasium and brick auditorium in 1936, home economics cottage in 1938, brick cafeteria in 1939 and shop building in 1940. Linked by arcades, the structures exhibit classically articulated features and sophisticated cast-stone and window details. The rustic style landscaping, which includes walls made of native stone from the nearby Hardy farm, was completed by the Works Progress Administration in 1936-1940. Students at this institution earned county, district and regional championships in football, basketball, and track, as well as awards in journalism, band, debate and other literary areas, including a Rhodes Scholarship, during the 1940s and 1950s. Gaston schools merged with the London school system in 1965 to form the West Rusk County Independent School District. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1993