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FEBRUARY 26, 2017

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Georgetown Independent School

District on

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100 Years

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Congratulations GISD!

ON 100 YEARS

credit for getting us back on

sound financial footing but

the real heroes were the class-

room teachers,” Mr. Graham

said.

“For the 1969-70 school year,

we literallygave themaboxof

chalk and an eraser and said

‘go teach.’ And that is exactly

what they did.”

Meanwhile, Georgetown

rallied around its schools.

“(School Board President)

Joe McMaster and (Citizens

State Bank President) Jay

Sloan and some others and I

went to the Legislature and

they filed some bills to issue

local warrants,” Mr. Frost

said.

“That kept the schoolsopen.

It’s like issuing a bond.”

Business leaders — in-

cluding

Sun

publisher Don

Scarbrough, Texas Crushed

Stone founder E.B. Snead and

downtown department store

owner Harry Gold — either

bought bonds or paid their

school taxes before they were

due, to help keep the district

afloat. Some of the men did

both. And theywerenot alone.

Many in the still-small com-

munity of about 6,400 pitched

in.

“Local taxpayers volun-

teered to pay their taxes in ad-

vance,” Mr. Graham recalled.

“Many of them paid before

we had even prepared tax

statements. And not just a

few. Hundreds, including the

taxpayers that had loaned us

money, paid early to allow us

to get to the point where tax

collections and state aid could

sustain us.”

“The whole town stood be-

hind the school district and

sacrificed,” Mr. Frost said.

“We were down to the boot-

straps. That’s why I have so

much love and respect for

Georgetown. They’re not quit-

ters.”

The spirit lives on

Few — if any — can match

Ms. Doerfler’s history with

the school district, where she

was 12 years a student plus 50

years a teacher and counselor.

The 1960 Georgetown High

School graduate (she was

Paula Wheeler, then) laughed

when a reporter suggested

one can tell how long a person

has lived inGeorgetownbased

onwhat theycall the school fa-

cilities.

For example, what is now

the administrative annex

on Williams Drive had been,

during Ms. Doerfler’s tenure,

the Junior High School, then

Northside Elementary and fi-

nallyMcCoy Elementary.

Ms. Doerfler reflected on

what she’s seen across the

past six decades.

“I believe student expecta-

tions may be higher now, both

from parents and educators,”

she said.

“The need for a high school

diplomaandhigher education

is greater now, whereas it was

more acceptable todropout of

school, get a decent job and be

considered successful years

ago.

“In the ‘olden days,’ if you

got in trouble in school you

were in twice as much trou-

ble when you got home!” she

recalled.

“Educators were accepted

as disciplinarians more read-

ily…I think respect for edu-

cators now is not as high as it

used to be.

“The most fun I have had is

[educating] three generations

of families,” she said.

“Dozens of kids I started

out with, I had their kids and

then their grandkids. A lot of

themdidn’t leaveGeorgetown.

That was really special. You

talk about supportive — oh,

my word!”

Mr. Frost is now 90, split-

ting time between his Temple

residence and his daughter’s

home in California.

He returns to Georgetown

at least once everyyear, taking

in the basketball tournament

that bears his name.

He noted many thousands

of newer residents have ar-

rived since his 1988 retire-

ment, but they are no less

dedicated in their support for

Georgetown schools.

“It shows the community

spirit,” he said.

“The Sun City volunteers

come to the ball games. We

had over 120 volunteers from

Sun City. People still turn out

in Georgetown. It’s a very

unique community.”

Residents pay taxes early to help district

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The students of La Escuela Mexicana in 1922. Before World War II, Hispanic students were not allowed to attend Georgetown public

schools, so they went to a one-room schoolhouse at the corner of 10th and Bridge Streets near San Gabriel Park.

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The Georgetown High School student newspaper staff of 1925.

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