Friday, December 2, 2016

The History Of David Crockett Elementary School

By Richard Fluker (2006)

David Crockett School, 700 Jasper Drive, had its beginning early in 1952 when the Board of Education and the Superintendent realized Sam Houston school could no longer serve the growing population of the east part of Marshall. After careful study of the area, the present site was selected.

In August 1953, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Bailey donated 8.89 acres of land for a school, provided that the building be completed by August 1958 and that city water service be extended to include the Jasper Heights area. The Board accepted this donation of the property and immediately began planning for the building.

A bid from Eckert-Fair Construction Company was accepted on September 15, 1954, and construction began shortly thereafter. The final cost of the building was $239,782.

In March 1955, the City Council of the Parent-Teacher Association submitted the name David Crockett to the Board of Education. The name was accepted.

The doors of David Crockett School opened for classes in September 1955 to 204 students, 10 teachers and the principal. The school had 12 classrooms, library, cafetorium, clinic, teacher's lounge and office.

Three additions have been made to the original building. In 1968, the south wing of the original building was extended to include six additional classrooms. Funds came from a $4,264,000 bond election in 1962. In 1972, the north wing of the original building was extended to include seven classrooms and two restrooms. The entire building was completely air conditioned during the school year of 1980-81. In the fall of 1987, a new library, 10 classrooms, special education room, computer room, teacher workroom, storeroom and office complex were added. Funds from the 1986 bond issue, which provided $5.5 million for additions to five schools and facilities for administration, food service, maintenance and transportation. A gymnasium separate from the main building opened in 1993.

With MISD's reorganization in 1981, Crockett School began serving students in grades K-4. Until then, it had been a K-6 school. In 1982, the Commissioner of Education named Crockett a partnership school and it began participating in the Accelerated Schools Program.

Crockett was first designated as a "Recognized" school by the Texas Education Agency in 2003-04 and repeated the accomplishment in 2004-05.

Update: Under the Legacy 2017 building program, a new K-5 elementary school with a capacity of 750 students is under construction at the David Crockett Elementary site. Upon completion of the new facility, the current building will be demolished.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Marshall High School Students Prepare Delicious Turkey Dinner


Marshall High School's 1985 Vocational Adjustment Class prepared a full-course Thanksgiving meal as an assignment from instructors James Townsend and Sue Clark. This article appeared in the Nov. 27, 1985 edition of the Marshall News Messenger.

By Cindy Edwards
Lifestyle Editor

The Vocational Adjustment Class at Marshall High School recently prepared a full-course spread for Thanksgiving.

The class, which contains a course on life skills, teaches students how to cook, set tables and clean up afterwards.

Instructors James Townsend and Sue Clark said the meal was one of several the class will be preparing this year.

The students made their grocery list and went shopping for food. They prepared the food for cooking and followed through with the finished product -- Thanksgiving lunch.

Townsend said the class "is a favorite" of the juniors. "They cook at least once a week," he said. Since this is the first year for the class, the recent Thanksgiving feast was a first. However, Townsend said he hopes to make it an annual event.

The menu included traditional turkey and dressing, corn, beans, gravy, yams, and rolls. Homemade pumpkin pies were the dessert.

The students have also learned to can pears, as well as prepare other canned goods.

"I see a great deal of improvement," Townsend said. "We've studied about setting tables and now they're actually getting to do it."

Townsend said behavior of the students has been "vastly improved" since the inception of the life skills class.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

MHS Honors Athletes At Fall Sports Banquet

Today's installment of "The Red Brick Wall: Building A Legacy," looks back at the 1986 Fall Athletic Banquet at Marshall High School, which originally appeared in the January 20, 1987, edition of the Marshall News Messenger. Highlights from the banquet were the football awards handed out to the 1986 Mavericks by head coach Dennis Parker; volleyball awards announced by coach Faye Whitlow; and the presentation of the 1986 13-5A cross country district championship by coach Richard Fluker.

Marshall News Messenger

Marshall High School honored athletes from football, volleyball and cross country during the school's annual fall sports banquet Monday night.

Coaches for each of the three sports presented the students who competed in those sports and gave plaques and/or certificates to the most outstanding members of the groups.

The banquet began in the high school cafeteria, but later moved to the auditorium for the presentation of awards. "I've always thought this is the way you should do this," said MHS head football coach and athletic director Dennis Parker. "This way they have to come out on the stage and be seen."

Parker told the crowd of about 175 athletes, parents, coaches and supporters that "the process of athletics is the only thing that counts.

"Winning or losing may be very satisfying, or very disappointing, but it's only temporary." The process of athletics teaches discipline, he said, "...not in a military sense of following orders and saying 'yes sir' and 'no sir.' Discipline is the ability to do what is right or needed when you don't want to do it.

"Athletics teaches young peoople to make a commitment, which is a rare thing these days," he said. "Five our of every eight marriages end in divorce, and 40 of every 100 people who enter our military quit after the first month. Athletics teaches young people never to quit," Parker added that determination never to quit was shown in the 1986 MHS football team.

The coach used a point from teh Longview game to illustrate his point. Marshall was behind 14-7 and Longview had the ball around its own 30-yard line on third down with 18 yards to go for a first.

"Somehow, through poor coaching on my part or whatever, they ran a Statue of Liberty play down to our seven," he recalled. "It seemed certain that Longview was going tos core and Marshall would find itself down 21-7 with less than three minutes in the game.

"The fans started leaving. I even had given up, but those kids out there on the field didn't give up. Four downs later, we've got the ball on our 20," he said.

"Those kids didn't get beat. Time ran out on them that night, but it won't run out on them in life," he said. "They've started a tradition this season that's going to be very hard to follow -- never quit."

Parker quoted an article that said American-Asian students, particularly Vietnamese refugees, have done better in school than any other group. He said they compose one-tenth of one percent of those applying to Harvard and 11 percent of the incoming class.

Parker said the story contained a comment that the trend would not carry over to the next generation, because the Asian immigrants would become "Americanized" and learn to settle for mediocrity.

"I'm an American and I'm not ready to settle for mediocrity," he said. "We didn't become a great nation by being mediocre. The future leaders of this world are sitting in this room. And I think that 10 years from now, if someone tells them they're average, they'll take it as an insult."

Presentation of the football awards began with defensive coordinator Bill Harper presenting the top defensive point-getter and defensive Most Valuable Player as voted on by team members.

Chris Parish was the team's leading point-getter with 179 points. Reggie Cooper was named the defensive MVP. Cooper was also chosen as the team's overall MVP.

MHS offensive coordinator Tom Thrower presented the Most Valuable Offensive Player award to sophomore running back Odell Beckham. Beckham was honored as Sophomore of the Year, an award he was also presented by four different newspapers this season.

Harold Survia was recognized as District 13-5A's all-district kick return specialist.

First-team all-district players, Cooper, Scott Ford and Thomas Montgomery, were congratulated. All-district second-team selections -- Emid Roberts, Parish and Bill Brazille -- were recognized, as were honorable mention selections Mark Neel, Mitch Eubanks, Dennis Sallee and Eric Perkins.

Kenneth Mitchell was presented the team's Fighting Heart Award. Neel and Brandon Bates, both of whom are expected to finish in the top 10 of the senior class, were honored for their academic achievements.

Team captains, also voted on by the players and coaches, were Roberts, Cooper, Sallee and Darrell Taylor.

Maverick Football Booster Club president, Donald Wayne McLendon, was presented the Super Booster Award.

Long John Silver's presented an award to Beckham as the Outstanding Offensive Player, Cooper as the Outstanding Defensive Player, and Survia as Outstanding Special Teams Player.

VOLLEYBALL

MHS Volleyball coach Faye Echols Whitlow said her team finished the season with a 24-10 record and was 9-5, or third, in District 13-5A.

Whitlow recalled the team's recovery from losing the first four district games to winning nine of the last 10 district matches.

The MHS Volleyball team wound up in a three-way tie for first in the second half of district play, but was eliminated by a tie-breaking process.

She noted the players who made all-district, including 13-5A's Sophomore of the Year, Kim Mitchell. Roslyn Reed was a unanimous first-team, all-district selection, Whitlow said. She recognized Angela Mitchell as a second-tam, all-district pick, and Sheila Wrighten, Madeline Jackson and Johnetta Bush as honorable mentions.

Whitlow also presented local awards. Johnetta Bush was picked as the outstanding server, with a 91 percent success rate.

Angela Mitchell was announced as team captain, and Reed won the annual "hustle" award.

CROSS COUNTRY

Richard Fluker presented the District 13-5A championship cross-country team, noting that the team won five meets during the season and placed second in the sixth.

Sam Hammontree and Ron Dennis were honored as all-district selections. Hammontree was honored as the top scoring runner and winner of the academic award.

"This award goes to a senior, and Sam is our only senior," Fluker said. "But counselors tell me he's going to graduate about ninth in a class of nearly 400."

Scott Anderson was honored as the Most Improved Runner.

Friday, November 11, 2016

David Crockett Students Jump Rope To Help Heart Association

The American Heart Association's "Jump Rope For Heart" program has received contributions from Marshall public school children for decades, and continues today at MISD campuses as local children take part in the fight against heart disease during special events in their P.E. classes. Today's installment of the "The Red Brick Wall: Building A Legacy," looks back at a "Jump Rope For Heart" event held at David Crockett Elementary in March of 1987. 

By Laureen Tedesco
Marshall News Messenger (March 22, 1987)

Friday afternoon was hot, headache hot.

The sun shone brightly, and the air was beginning to lose its nip. It was the sort of day that reminds you that grass-mowing days are coming.

Even so, third and fourth graders at David Crockett Elementary School were begging to work up a sweat.

The 240 students spent three hours outside that day for their school's first Jump Rope for Heart campaign.

The children sat clustered in teams of six, each team sending a member to jump rope on a cement area. When the jumper got tired, he or she would walk out and send in another member of the team. Children were pleading for a chance to jump rope.

The $6,000 children raised in pledges will go the the American Heart Association, and will mostly be used for heart disease research, said physical education teacher Karen Young.

The children asked their friends and family to pledge money for the amount of time the children would jump or to offer a flat donation. One student, Nicole Tyler, raised $300.

Parent-Teacher Association volunteers provided refreshments for the event. The students had just one hour of class for the day, the last school day before spring break.

Students raising the most money get prizes, Young said, but "above all they're having fun."

The jumpers worked to music,l and some imitated the aerobic dance jumping techniques they's seen demonstrated earlier by the Price T. Young Jump Rope Team. Crockett teachers also demonstrated rope jumping techniques, but their efforts produced more laughs than imitations.

"They really have been very enthusiastic," Young said of the students. "They've talked about it all week."

Physical education classes have been working up to the event all semester. Students began jumping rope for a minute, and gradually worked up to five minutes non-stop.

"We didn't just come out here," Young said. "They'd faint on me if they did."

Young hopes the training for the event and the jump rope team performance will encourage students to try out for Crockett's jump rope team, which will begin performing next year.

Tam members must first learn to jump 10 minutes straight, and will then learn aerobic stunts, she said.

"They know now what cardiovascular fitness means, working on the old heart, making it strong so they can live happier and healthier lives."

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Six MHS Students Cop UIL Awards

Competition in academic UIL events always brings out the best in Mavericks. Marshall High School's UIL Academic Teams are competitive each year, and today's installment of "The Red Brick Wall: Building A Legacy" looks back at the 1986-87 school year and some of the honors achieved by that year's MHS UIL team.

Marshall News Messenger (Spring, 1987)

Six Marshall High School students won top awards in the district University Interscholastic League Literary Rally last week. The students competed against 350 teenagers from eight school districts in various writing, skills and knowledge tests.

Anne Marie McClaran, senior, took two first-place awards, one in literary criticism and one in ready writing. She is the daughter of Drs. Rutledge and Nancy McClaran of Route 8, Marshall, and will compete in the regional UIL competition in Dallas in April.

Senior Ann Ellis of 305 Yates took fourth place for literary criticism. Ellis, daughter of Wesley and Nancy  Ellis, is an alternate in the regional competition.

Junior Byron Pearce of 207 Sherry placed first in headline writing in the journalism competition. He also won sixth place for feature writing, and will represent Marshall High School at the regional match. He is the son of Fred and June Pearce.

Senior Laree Huffman of 107 Washignton Place got first place for her prose reading of an essay and a piece on Texas. Huffman, the daughter of Carla and George Huffman, will also go to regionals.

Also competing in Dallas are David Weaver, who won second place in headline writing and fifth in feature writing, and Sherri Gillis, who took third place in ready writing.

Other Marshall High School students placing in the contest were Skeeter Bloodworth, taking fifth place in calculator; Michael Hicks, sixth place in calculator; Ashley Christofferson, sixth in poetry interpretation; and Keith Kneipp, fifth place in news writing.

Friday, November 4, 2016

From Tennis Court To West Point

Today's installment of "The Red Brick Wall: Building A Legacy," tells the story of Daphne Brown, a senior at Marshall High School in 1986-87 who was team captain of the Maverick tennis team who was accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point. This story appeared in the April 2, 1987 edition of the Marshall News Messenger and tells of Daphne's journey as a student in MISD to the honor of being accepted to West Point.

By Laureen Tedesco
News Messenger

As a non-athletic seventh grader, Daphne Brown chose tennis class as a way out, and has since followed a path of physical exertion that has earned her acceptance into West Point.

Brown, 17, is captain of Marshall High School's tennis tam, and isn't sure why she thought tennis would be much different from P.E. classes. She now loves the game, and exercise, and looks forward to the physical conditioning the United States Military Academy at West Point is known for.

Brown plans to become a physician and a military officer. Her family has a history of military service: her father and uncle were in the Air Force; a cousin is just completing his term at the Air Force Academy.

Admissions procedures to service academies begin in the junior year of high school, so Brown began work on her application last spring. Teachers and principals wrote recommendations for her, and she wrote her congressmen asking for an appointment. At the time she planned to attend the Air Force Academy, as her cousin did.

A school guidance counselor directed her to Col. Hubert Lewis for help. Lewis, an Army man, convinced her that West Point was better.

"It's really a big honor," Brown said of West Point acceptance. "They are looking for people who have above average high school records, strong performances on the ACT or SAT (college entrance tests), and who are 'trustworthy, emotionally stable, self-motivated and self-disciplined.' You have to be in tip-top physical condition, too."

She practiced the sit-ups, push-ups and other activities on the physical aptitude test, and passed the test in Shreveport, scoring better than the minimum accepted on some parts, and worse on others. Her grades all through high school have been about half A's and B's, and she is ranked in the top 10 percent of her 390-member graduating class.

In December, Brown learned she was one of the top qualifiers for early admission to West Point, and needed only an appointment from a congressman.

By February she had heard from none of the lawmakers. Finally, U.S. Rep. Jim Chapman, D-Sulphur Springs, wrote Brown that she had gotten the appointment she'd requested to the U.S. Air Force Academy. "When I got that letter I was in tears," she said. "I felt like all that work towards West Point was just pushed out of the window."

She called Chapman's office to tell him of her change of plans. "His secretary told us they were so impressed with my essay explaining why I wanted to attend a service academy, that they figured I knew what I wanted since I put down USAFA as my first choice."

All of the congressman's military appointments were filled, but the secretary said she would do all she could to help Brown.

Three or four weeks later, Brown got her appointment.

Now she must keep up her grades and pass a physical. If she is overweight or has an overbite of more than 5/8 of an inch, she can be disqualified. Brown is determined to stay on West Point's "accepted" list, and plans to lose 10 pounds so she falls in the middle of her weight range.

After the four-year West Point program, she plans to go to medical school, at the Army's expense, and then five years in the military.

Brown hasn't seen the academy, but says it's not the school's looks she's interested in. "Somebody told me that I didn't need to see it because when I get up there I'll see enough of it." She goes this summer for basic training.

She sought a military academy because she believes she needs the discipline. "I'm a pretty disorganized person," she said, "and I need that discipline to help me. I don't think right now I need any other kind of college training. If I went somewhere else I'd probably fall apart study-wise and keeping up with things."

She also likes the individualized instruction the school offers. "From what I understand, you go to the classes and if you're kind of slow in your class... you drop back to another level that's at your pace. And if you start going faster, you can go back up to the next level. That's what I was impressed about."

The opportunities for travel also lured her to the school. West Point students go on special assignments during the summer for such adventures as jungle training in Panama and glacier-climbing in Alaska.

the academy stresses engineering and natural sciences in its one general curriculum. That background will help Brown in her medical studies.

She plans to play tennis there, and the West Point tennis coach has responded to her inquiries about the program. "They have a really good tennis team," Brown said.

Brown began liking tennis when she took lessons from seventh-grade tennis coach Allen Prachyl. Prachyl convinced her that she needed to participate in tournaments, and Brown began playing in Tyler and Gladewater.

Her first tournament win was a school tournament against other eighth graders. The eighth-grade tennis team chose its champions through challenge matches, and three certain girls always played each other for the top ranking. Brown was always fourth place, and consequently never got to play them. In the round-robin tournament, "I was determined. I just hung in there." She bet the top three girls, and the other four playing, and won the championship.

Brown's parents, the Rev. and Mrs. Franklin Brown Sr. of 1905 Port Caddo Road, encouraged her to stay in tennis through a difficult time in the eighth grade. "I really got disgusted because a lot of people didn't like that I was on the team. I was the only black and they didn't like that I was on there and beating everybody." Brown nearly quit because she didn't like having people stare at her or talk about her.

"Mom and Dad said, 'This is just what you're going to have to face. You can't just quit because people talk about you.' Dad was really on my side, so I stayed. Gradually, you just earn the respect." Her color is no longer even an issue in tennis, Brown said.

After the eighth grade, she was nearly always top-ranked on her team. She has had several professional tennis coaches in Shreveport and Longview, and learned most from a Filipino coach who yelled whenever she made a mistake. Brown made Marshall High School's varsity tennis team in the 10th grade, and became team captain in the 11th grade. She plays tennis two hours a day, and runs a mile afterwards.

Her parents also supported her decision to go to West Point. They were at first skeptical, saying service life might be too rough for her. "They're happy now, and they're really excited."

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The History of G.W. Carver Elementary School

By Richard Fluker (2006)

George Washington Carver Elementary School began holding classes on September 2, 1959, at its current location at 2302 Holland Street. Students were transferred from New Town Elementary School. New Town had been closed in 1949, reopened in 1950 to accept students from county schools and closed again in 1959.

The cost of the Carver building was approximately $203,000 (Carver and Booker T. Washington were built by the same contractor for $283,000). It was dedicated on September 27, 1959.

The first principal at Carver was O. Ivan White, who supervised 14 classroom teachers and a music teacher in grades 1-7. In the spring of 1969 the school was to be renovated for use as an educational building for the central staff. Those plans were abandoned, however, when Stephen F. Austin Elementary School burned in the summer of 1969.

Jake Matthews became principal of the newly named Austin/Carver Elementary School in the fall of 1969. In 1970, Austin/Carver and Dogan schools were paired. Grades 1-3 were assigned to Carver and grades 4-6 to Dogan. In 1972, a six-room wing was added for kindergarten, special education and music classes.

In the fall of 1976, Mrs. Jewel Young became the third principal of the school. After a reorganization of MISD schools in 1981, "Austin" was dropped from the school's name and it was once again called G.W. Carver Elementary School. At that time, Carver was paired with Travis Elementary School and began housing grades three and four, Early Childhood and Special Education.

Charles Wilborn became principal when Mrs. Young retired in 1983 and served until 1988. He was succeeded by Bennie Bennett, who came from Dallas.

In 1989-90 the school was reorganized as Carver Academy, a magnet school attracting academically gifted and artistically talented students in grades 1-4 from across the city. Children from the immediate neighborhood continued to attend Carver in the regular program. Kindergarten students from the Carver zone began attending Washington Early Childhood Center.

Nina Baxter became principal in 1991, at which time a kindergarten class was added. A separate gymnasium had been added to the campus in the spring of 1991. By fall of 1995 a new office and library complex filled the space between the school's two wings. A new principal, Patricia Jackson, joined the school that year.

In 1997-98, the magnet school concept was discontinued and the program for gifted elementary students retured to the individual MISD campuses. Carver Academy once again became Carver Elementary School. Head Start classes were taught at the school from fall 1999 to spring 2002.

Update: Under the Legacy 2017 building program, the current facility at Carver Elementary will be sold, rented, demolished or repurposed for further district use beginning in the 2016-2017 school year.