Brookesmith ISD

Brookesmith Community Flashbacks

   

    The community of Brookesmith dates back to the early part of the 1900's.  Although many present spectators jest about the size of the town.  Brookesmith was once a "booming" town when first established.  The invention of automobiles resulted in less activity in the community of Brookesmith., it is once again on a rise due to the advancement of technology present in the small 1A school, which is drawing attention to surrounding counties.

   l The original town was located on a railroad and named Serville.

 l In 1902, David Smith renamed Serville  Brookesmith in honor of the Brownwood banker,

          Brooke  Smith, who was a major factor in the development of the community.

 l  The first school, a one room brick building, was built on a hill overlooking the town.

 l The first Post Office was established in 1903.

 l The community had a two-story hotel owned by the Carr family(built in 1903), a lumber yard, a drug store, three grocery stores, two gas stations, and a barber shop.

   l A new school was rebuilt and relocated in 1930.

  l The town also had 3 cotton gins until the late 1950's when the cotton industry declined.

  l In the 1980's the school was upgraded to have a classified 12 grade school.

   l The population for the 1980-1990 census was 61.

  l In 1994, the school--excluding the cafeteria--and auditorium was torn down.  A new school was           rebuilt; the campus consisted of one large building holding grades 5-12, and elementary grades were taught in portable buildings along the relocated playground and new school.

  l In 1996, the old rock gym was officially condemned, and a new gym took the place of the previous auditorium and was connected to the cafeteria.

  l The football concession stand was built in the summer of 1997.

   l During the 2000-2001 school year, Brookesmith I.S.D. enrolled in its first year of Distance Learning classes--which included dual credits for high school courses and college courses--through  Howard College at Big Springs, Texas. 

  l A new elementary building was built in 2001.  The new building included:  a new library, administration offices, seven classrooms, and a new Distance Learning lab.

 

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