Category: Segregation

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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1931-05-19 Goodbye coal, hello bathrooms

Trustees approve installation of gas heat in the school building, and direct that the coal bin be converted into a girls’ restroom. The existing toilets for boys were to receive individual flush bowls. Note: The Board voted to connect the “Mexican School” to the sewer system during their April 2, 1940 meeting. A discussion regarding connecting the “Negro School” to the sewer line took place during the January 5, 1943 meeting, but no action was taken. Nearly seven years later, during the December 6, 1949 meeting, the Board voted to provide natural gas and running water to the “Negro...

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1966-03-24 The End of Segregation

In compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that outlawed major forms of racial discrimination, and the 1954 Supreme Court’s ruling of Brown vs. Board of Education – twelve years earlier – Round Rock ISD Trustees unanimously vote to close the Hopewell School and operate one junior high and one high school for all...

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1948 ‘Mexican School’ ruled unconstitutional

Following a court ruling (Delgado vs. Bastrop ISD) against segregation of Mexican-American students in Texas, the Mexican School closes and students are transferred to Central (later Berkman) Elementary. The building was sold to Col. W.N. Todd, Jr., in February 1953 for $4,500 and converted into a private residence. The building no longer...

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