Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster ISD
On Saturday, October 11, the Texas Historical Medallion will be dedicated to Lancaster ISD to celebrate 168 years of continuous education for the children of Lancaster.
The Centre Street Alumni invites all former students and staff along with citizens to attend the ceremony at 10 a.m. which will take place at the 1923 High School building located at 422 S. Centre Street (current Administration Building).
The Lancaster High School JROTC and the music department will participate in the dedication.
Lancaster ISD Trustee Ellen Clark is a proud alumnus who has a wealth of knowledge regarding the early days of the school district.
“The first Lancaster school was built with donated material and labor in 1846 with Miss Virginia Bledsoe as the teacher earning 10 cents per day,” she said. “Settlers came to the Republic of Texas in December 1844 to create a new life on the black prairie lands. Just as today, they wanted to be sure that their children had a good education.”
Ms. Clark said that Lancaster was a center attraction for education as students came from all over the neighboring communities to attend school.
“Originally, students came from Lisbon, Wilmer, Hutchins, Wheatland, Desoto, Duncanville, Cedar Hill, Red Oak and Ferris to attend school as they lived with family and friends during the school week,” she said. “Various sites were built over the years. The oldest remaining 1863 Masonic Hall used for a school is now a private residence.”
In 1869, Lancaster opened a school for minority students. This site was recognized with a Texas Historical Medallion in 2013 for continuous operation until volunteer integration in 1965.
Lancaster has 14 Medallions throughout the city and five Historic Districts.
From its humble beginnings, Lancaster has evolved into a district with more than 7,100 students and 11 campuses offering a K-12 STEM education and International Baccalaureate program.
The Lancaster Public Schools serve more than 6,000 pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students in 11 schools. The mission of the Lancaster Independent School District, a leader in providing innovative, quality programs, is to educate every student with the knowledge; skills; and principles to succeed and contribute in a competitive and technologically advancing world by providing rigorous and engaging learning opportunities that promote diversity; create an environment of integrity and respect; and establish a commitment to continued improvement in partnership with families and community.