Walls Within Walls

Pop quiz! Name the Fort Worth public schools in the top three photos.

School 1.

School 2.

School 3.

Stumped? You should be. These are the original buildings of schools that have expanded over the decades until these original buildings have been surrounded. Some history:

School 1 is Richard J. Wilson Elementary. In 1914, when South Fort Worth was a separate city, its school district built South Fort Worth School. Fort Worth annexed South Fort Worth in 1922, and the school eventually became Richard J. Wilson Elementary.

Over the years Fort Worth ISD added the wings and the other buildings until today the original building (outlined in yellow in the aerial photo) is almost surrounded, only the top of the second story visible at ground level from certain angles.

School 2 is Hubbard Heights Elementary School on West Spurgeon Street.

The original (1922) six-classroom building of Hubbard (outlined in yellow in the aerial photo) still stands, now surrounded by additions and almost hidden from ground level. I climbed a Dumpster to peek over an addition to see the roof of the original building.

School 3 is R. L. Paschal High School on Forest Park Boulevard. The school, according to the website Fort Worth Architecture, was conceived as “Southwest Junior High School.”

But this 1935 clip shows that originally the school we know as “Rosemont Junior High” was to be named “McLean Junior High.” But instead the school on Forest Park Boulevard, built concurrently with Rosemont, opened in 1936 as “W. P. McLean Junior High School.” Then the McLean school moved to a new location, and the building became Paschal High School in 1955 when Paschal moved from what is now the Green B. Trimble Tech building on Cannon Street. With me so far? It’s complicated.

Now the old Southwest Junior High building is surrounded by newer buildings of Paschal High. The arrow in the aerial photo points to the gable of the front of the original building (School 3), which now forms a wall of a courtyard behind the entrance of Paschal on Forest Park Boulevard.

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3 Responses to Walls Within Walls

  1. Christina Ruiz says:

    I absolutely love this site. My grandfather attended South Ft. Worth Elementary in the early 1920’s and I as well as my mom attended R.L.Pascal High School.

    • hometown says:

      Thanks, Christina. I still remember when I discovered that there even WAS a South Fort Worth school district, much less that its school is now enclosed by newer buildings.

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