Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Will Rogers made the statement a number of years ago that all he knew was what he read in the papers. After having been retired from the DeSoto School System since January 1, 1980 about all I know about the DeSoto Schools is what I read in the paper – and it sure sounds good!

Being a history buff it is challenging to look back over some DeSoto School history and find DeSoto was innovative and excelling in education through the years. The first public high school in Mansfield where attendance was required by law was Central High School built in 1895 at the southeast corner of Crosby St. and Louisiana St. directly across the street from the present DeSoto School Board Office.

The first principal, Professor Pickles who came to Mansfield to teach at the MFCM, was father of Miss Bessie Pickles who taught at Mansfield Elementary School in later years. The application to establish this school was granted by the La. Board of Education on April 13, 1895 as the community had complied with Section 10, Act 81 of the La. School Law. In that first two story building Mr. Pickles was succeeded by J. Whitfield Jack, later becoming Federal District Judge in Shreveport. The first graduating class was in 1898 consisting of Virginia Rives, Richard Frazer, Martha Rives and Belle Best.


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