First of all, my thanks to Charles for pushing me down the path to discover more about Caddo Schools. I have discovered some things I didn't know and questioned some things I thought I knew. If you have any questions or comments on the following information, be sure to contact me. Most of these are just notes from the Caddo papers, Mrs. Taylor's Caddo History, and alumni papers. I'm still going through material from the museum and elsewhere. I could actually post something about every year and probably the graduating class as well, but don't expect a completed history until the book comes out!LOL These notes mostly concern the buildings. And don't forget, next year is the Alumni Banquet!
1870's subscription schools, Miss Clara Eddy taught one mile south of Caddo Switch.
Mrs. Hotchkin taught in her two story six room house, one room was a school room.
Mrs. Hotchkin’s house became too small and a one room school house was built on her property.
Town of Caddo built a “large building” for the school.
1880's There are quarterly reports for 1888- “Caddo Neighborhood School of Blue County”, at the Bryan County Genealogy Library
"24x36 box school house stood about 200 yards north of the Jasper Freeney place in the Harlan field"
1900 “spring term of school which will begin at the Herman Hauer School building on Monday, April 23rd”
September 1900- “The schools opened up on the 3rd with good attendance.”
1904 (completed in 1905) Manning school built at a cost of $17,000. Land was donated by Matilda LeFlore Manning, widow of Dr. Manning (used for 11 grades until a separate high school was built in 1912)
1905 first public school session (school was not compulsory until 1916)
August 1911 photo in Caddo Herald shows small wood-frame school house three miles south of Caddo (Pleasant Hill?)
Sept. 22, 1911 School House Contract
Last Thursday the Board of Trustees of this district let the contract for the building of the new school house.
There were eight or ten bidders and the lowest was by Mr. Keatly who built the Masonic hall and the Cossart-Howe building. His price for a complete job was $19,445.43
The contract calls for the house to be completed by March first next. This will give the district ample school facilities.
(School had opened Sept. 18th with an enrollment of 337. The “high school is overflowing”.)
February 16, 1912
“The new school walls are nearly up. The roof will be put on probably next week. It will be completed by April first it is believed. The bad weather set back construction work considerably. This building when completed will be one of the nicest in Bryan County. Caddo will then have two splendid school buildings with a total of fourteen classrooms besides auditoriums, libraries, etc.
May 31, 1912
Graduation was at the Opera House. “By the time of beginning next year the new building will be completed.”
Sept. 13, 1912- “School began Monday in the old building. The new building will not be ready until next Monday.”
Sept. 27, 1912- In the new building. Everything is “new and clean”. Asking for funds for a piano.
(1912 census listed 600+ school age children)
September 1913 Opening of school lists some students in “old” building, some in “new” building.
January 1921- High school burned (posted earlier)
September 1921-New High school building completed (posted earlier)
1939 gym built (rock)
1958 Manning School was torn down.
The high school building erected in 1921 was condemned, torn down and a new one constructed to the south of the gym. Cost, $143,000. Euel Hicks was Superintendent. Classes were held first in the fall of 1962.
1965 Industrial Arts building was erected
1966 Kindergarten building
1977 New gym