Details for Lockhart Vocational High School (Carver HS) (Atlas Number 5507014288)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507014288


Marker Number 14288
Atlas Number 5507014288
Marker Title Lockhart Vocational High School (Carver HS)
Index Entry Lockhart Vocational High School (Carver HS)
Address 1104 E. Market St.
City Lockhart
County Caldwell
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 629101
UTM Northing 3306903
Subject Codes educational buildings; educational topics; African American topics
Marker Year 2008
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark Yes
Private Property No
Marker Location 1104 E. Market Street
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text According to local tradition, materials salvaged from Ross Institute, a former school for Lockhart's caucasian children, were used in 1923 to build this school for African American students. The Rosenwald Foundation of Chicago, which funded many African American schools in the south in the early 20th century, provided the design and part of the construction cost. The school district and local African American citizens raised the majority of the funds for its completion. Previously, African American children attended classes scattered throughout town. Elementary-aged students learned at Sunset School, Mt. Salem Methodist Episcopal Church or the Masonic Lodge; high school students used a building on Live Oak Street that was also a funeral parlor and domino hall. The two-story brick and stucco schoolhouse contained six classrooms, a Principal's office and a large auditorium that also served as a social center for the neighborhood. Prominent brick and stucco pilasters on the unadorned main façade rise above the parapet. The east and west sides of the building have large banks of windows to maximize natural light. The lower level has a centrally located portico with double doors that divide the principal façade. R.A. Atkinson was the first pricipal of the school, which received state accreditation in 1926. At the time two years of high school coursework were offered here, and students could attend the twelfth grade in Luling. In 1946, the facility changed its name to G.W. Carver High School. It closed in 1964 due to school integration, but the building was later used by the Head Start program. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark-2008


Lockhart Vocational High School (Carver HS) (RTHL)
Lockhart Vocational High School (Carver HS) (RTHL)