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Fort Worth Flashback: Paschal High got its start as Fort Worth High

Posted Dec. 5, 2011

1907 Fort Worth High School Football team

This image, from an actual photo postcard, depicts the Fort Worth High School championship football team in 1907.

When FWHS was built in 1891, it was considered to be the finest school building in Texas. It was a three-story building surrounded by dirt roads, which were muddy on rainy days and led to a decline in attendance.

There was no lunchroom until 1899, and the girls in the Domestic Science classes made sandwiches that sold for three cents and soup that sold for five cents.

Because the school was not co-ed, boys and girls attended separate classes and also had separate principals. Students were expected to wear the fashion of the day: double-breasted suits and ankle-length skirts.

In 1902, the first class in Manual Training began, which later became known as shop class.

A teacher’s salary back then was a dollar a day. Some notable teachers from FWHS have since been honored, including Lily B. Clayton, who has an elementary school named after her, and Charlie Mary Noble, after whom the Noble Planetarium at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is named.

The original school building burned down in 1910, and was rebuilt in 1911 at Jennings and Rosedale streets (the building that is now the Homes at Parker Commons). The school moved again in 1918 to West Cannon and South Adams streets (which is now home of Trimble Tech) and changed its name to Fort Worth Central High School.

The school was renamed again in 1935 for Robert L. Paschal, a lawyer from North Carolina who became the principal in 1906 and served 29 years.

The school moved to its current location at Forest Park Boulevard and Berry Street in 1955.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-392-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

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