“In the heart of the Great Depression, five small rural elementary schools were consolidated into Cooper Rural High School, District 1, to give more rural students a chance for a high school education. …
The New Deal era was an opportune time for school districts to build schools. The Cooper Rural High School building, which was opened in 1938, cost either $83,000 or $84,000, depending on the source you use, but the bond costs to taxpayers was about $40,000.
The rest of the money was paid by a federal Public Works Administration grant.”
The status of the original structure within what is now a much larger educational complex is unknown to Living New Deal.
National Archives: Record Group 135: Public Works Administration; Projects Control Division; Entry 52: Indices to Non-Federal Projects; Report No. 5: Status of All Completed Non-Federal Allotted Projects, page 182. http://lubbockonline.com/education/2012-06-29/lubbock-cooper-isd-just-completed-its-75th-annidversary-year#.VFhb3GOd2M8
Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on November 3, 2014.
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