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Center Point was originally settled by emancipated slaves in 1865. The crossing
of two major roads is the source of the name. The community had built a church
by 1873 and a school followed in 1889. The rest of Center Point's history is directly
related to the school's history.
From a one room school in bad condition
in 1900, it was a two teacher school eight years later. Public bonds sold in 1916
financed a four-room school and the Julius Rosenwald Foundation donated a library
and nearly $6,000 for construction.
By the 1935-36 school year it was
regarded as one of Camp County's better schools. Nine of the school's ten teachers
had at least B.A. degrees, and, the average teacher's salary was higher than that
at any other Camp County school. During the Great Depression the population started
shrinking and in 1938 the Center Point High School was down to 78 students. In
1955 Center Point merged with the Pittsburg ISD.
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1865 black Freedmen began this community. The Center Point Baptist Church was
organized in 1873. The Industrial Union was chartered in 1889 to aid settlers
in buying farms and building homes. A cooperative managed a brick kiln, sawmill
and cotton gin. Under the leadership of Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Cash, the first principals,
Center Point School became an important vocational facility. Students erected
most of the structures on the 14-acre campus and there was a cooperative boarding
plan. The school was consolidated with Pittsburg