Details for Old Red Schoolhouse

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507015316


Marker Number 15316
Atlas Number 5507015316
Marker Title Old Red Schoolhouse
Index Entry Old Red Schoolhouse
Address 100 San Jacinto
City Trinity
County Trinity
UTM Zone
UTM Easting
UTM Northing
Subject Codes educational topics; educational buildings
Marker Year 2004
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Trinity’s first schoolhouse was a one-room log structure built in 1872 near Cedar Grove Cemetery. A two-story frame schoolhouse that stood on this site from 1897 to 1911 was moved several blocks northwest to serve African American students. Under Supt. J. Woolam Bright, construction of a new brick building began here in 1911, and after many delays it opened by 1915. The prairie style, T-plan building housed all grade levels until completion of an adjacent high school in 1928. “Old Red” served as a schoolhouse for 80 years. When it was slated for demolition in the 1990s, concerned citizens and former students worked with the school district to preserve the historic building for continued use.