Rylie High School circa 1964Source: (http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jwheat/ryliehs62.html).
In 1937, a school was built in Rylie, Texas (now Dallas) to replace the former school that burned down the year before.
An article published in 1937 in the Dallas Daily Times Herald, recounts the process by which federal funds were granted for the construction of the school:
“Officials Puzzled When Second Okay for School WPA Grant Comes Through
The board of trustees of Rylie common school district is well fixed for federal aid on construction of a new school house, unofficial reports from Washington indicated Wednesday.
Hoke Smith, architect for county school projects aided by the Works Progress Administration, was unable to understand an announcement that President Franklin D. Roosevelt had Tuesday given his approval to Public Works Administration allocation of $14,850 for erection of a new Rylie district school, costing about $33,000.
‘That’s funny,” Mr. Smith said. “A WPA application for the same project has been approved and is undergoing final examination at the state WPA headquarters in San Antonio. We expect to be able to start construction in about three weeks with WPA labor.’
The PWA application the president was reported to have okayed was submitted to Washington about two years ago, when the need for a new school at Rylie was less urgent than now, Smith explained.
Last winter, while school was in session one afternoon, the Rylie school building caught fire and was destroyed within a few minutes, but not a pupil was injured. Since then, sessions have been conducted in two churches of the community.
‘I’ll have to find out the straight of the thing before I’ll know if our plans will be changed, Smith said.'”
http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jwheat/rylie.html (August 18, 1937, Dallas Daily Times Herald, Sec. II, p. 1, col. 6-7)
Project originally submitted by Susan Smith on October 27, 2017.
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