Category: Schools

1964-09 Desegregation begins at Round Rock High

When the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, granting equality and integration in schools, the Rev. Anthony Mays became the first and only African-American student to enroll in Round Rock High School for the 1964-1965 school year. Mays, now senior pastor at Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Austin, attended Hopewell Negro School until his sophomore year when he enrolled at Round Rock High School, located at what is now C.D. Fulkes Middle School. Mays registered with Principal C.D. Fulkes in September 1964, becoming the model for integration in Round Rock. “I was nervous because I was in...

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1968-07-10 Vietnam War comes to Round Rock

Robert P. Hernandez was born on August 18, 1948 in Round Rock to Florentino and Josefina Hernandez. He was the fifth child of six brothers and sisters. Hernandez attended Round Rock ISD schools and was a 1967 graduate of Round Rock High School. Hernandez joined the Marine Corps in San Diego in January 1968 and completed basic training in May 1968. He arrived at the Da Nang Air Base in Vietnam on June 23, 1968 and was assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division as an M-60 machine gunner. He died just seventeen days...

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Caldwell Heights School

Caldwell Heights School was located in a small rural community north of Round Rock, one mile east of IH35 on Chandler Road (University Boulevard) also called Caldwell Heights Lane. The only original structure still standing in the once thriving farming and ranching settlement is the two-story rock house built by T.J. Caldwell, who founded the community. In 1913, Caldwell Heights School was established after Chandler Common School District (which was located several miles west of the new school) closed. An earlier school may have been formed at Caldwell Heights, but proof of its existence has not been found to date. The south-facing frame school was located on the north side of Chandler Road and on the west side of the now private road which led to the old Caldwell house. The school originally had two rooms, but a third room was added later to the rear. The school was built atop wooden posts on sloping ground. The uneven terrain resulted in a crawl space under the west end, but the east side was nearly flush with the ground. The school was staffed by up to three teachers per term, depending upon the number of pupils attending. The teachers, whose peak salary was eighty dollars per month, divided the duties for grades one through nine. The teacher who taught older students was usually named principal of the school. One of...

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History of Schools

September 1914 – A three story building opens on Anderson Avenue on the current site of Berkman Elementary. It houses white students in all grades. September 1914 – “Colored School” opens for African-American students. The school is housed in space leased from a local church. October 1922 – Hopewell School opens for African-American students. The construction of the school was provided for by the Julius Rosenwald Fund of Chicago. August 1, 1933 – The “Mexican School” opens for Mexican-American students in a space leased from the Negro M.E. Church.  April 1934 – 1.5 acres purchased from Mr. Tennie Q. Aten for $200...

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1925-06-22 Xenia Voigt hired

From the June 22, 1925 Board of Trustees Minutes: Xenia Voigt was elected teacher for the 1925-26 term at a salary of $90 per month.   Xenia Voigt began her teaching career in the Stony Point school district as a first through fourth grade teacher. When the district consolidated with Round Rock ISD in 1925, Voigt was hired as a first grade teacher. Voigt also served as the principal of Northside Elementary School. Her career in teaching spanned 48 years and several generations. On April 7, 1975, Voigt Elementary was named in her honor. Board Minutes from...

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