With the completion of the new junior high campus drawing near comes the reality of emptiness for the old facility.
While the Ennis ISD has plans to find a use for the old building, a group of about 75 students are working toward making sure it's usefulness is never forgotten.
The students have created an after school club whose purpose is to preserve the many special moments experienced at the school over the years. The club is a modern day spin-off of of the same type of club that last existed during the 1970's and is intent on making sure their memories and those of students throughout the years are remembered and recorded for future generations.
“Our goal in getting this project going was mainly precipitated existed during the 1970's and is intent on making sure their memories and those of students throughout the years are remembered and recorded for future generations.
“Our goal in getting this project going was mainly precipitated by the upcoming move to the new campus but also because we want to have something the community can share with us to remember all of our collectives experiences at the school. We are documenting memories for not only the current junior high but the Carver campus as well,” said Krista Havener, co-sponsor of the historian club.
The current junior high facility is the site of the old Ennis High School, which has served the community for more than 90 years. School district expressed appreciation that the students are taking such an active part in making sure the facility is remembered for the role it had in the success and futures of it's students.
“We are highly supportive of the project from a historical perspective. We are proud of the history of our schools and we think that scrapbook project is a great avenue to support history. We are very excited the students have taken this project on and we are pleased with their efforts. The old high school building was the best of any such facilities in the surrounding areas when it was built and it is still an impressive building from an architectural standpoint.” said Henry Martinez, EISD communications director.
The project will also feature the George Washington Carver High School campus and the Dorie Miller Elementary School campus. Both schools were torn down earlier this year after being abandoned for many years. Numerous efforts to maintain the property were unsuccessful and both buildings were demolished due to disrepair.
The historian club has been having a difficult time finding photos, yearbooks or any keepsakes from either campus and would like the community’s help in preserving the history of the schools.
“The Carver campus as well as the Dorie Miller campus played an integral part in the community of Ennis and we hope to collect items from former students to help tell it's story for future generations,” Havener said.
The historian club is asking for anyone with items that could be added to the scrapbook or anyone that would like to be interviewed regarding their memories of the event to contact them so they may be included in the historic preservation. They are looking for pictures, old football ribbons, patches, programs or anything that might add to the story of the schools.
“The project is very important for the school buildings that are no longer there and that history deserves to be preserved. We encourage those who are interested to contact the committee to share what they have or their experiences with the historian club for all of the schools. We are certain the end result of the project will be fantastic,” Martinez said.
The historian club will also be presenting their project at the annual history fair in March.
For anyone wishing to donate items to the club or for more information contact club sponsors Krista Havener, Lori Graves or Steve Boon at 972-875-3779.