Woodrow WilsonWoodrow Wilson Elementary School was named after the 28th president of the United States. This former president was born on December 29, 1856 in Staunton, Virginia. He was a lawyer, a university president, and a governor of New Jersey before being elected to the highest office of the land. He served as president from 1913 to 1921, years that encompassed the First World War. After the war, President Wilson worked to establish the League of Nations. He suffered a great disappointment when the United States did not join the organization. President Wilson died in Washington, D.C. on February 3, 1924. For more information about the life of Woodrow Wilson, please visit the The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library in Staunton, Virginia or online at www.woodrowwilson.org.
Woodrow Wilson Elementary School was built in 1924 on the site of the summer farm home of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar, the president of the Republic of Texas from 1838 to 1841.
Mirabeau B. Lamar was sworn into office on December 10, 1838 as the second and last president of the Republic of Texas. For more information about the life and contributions of Mirabeau B. Lamar to the state of Texas, please visit The Texas State Library and Archives Commission and The Handbook of Texas Online. The acreage site, Oak Grove, was subdivided in 1923. Ground was broken for the school in 1924 with the Mayor and many of the important dignitaries of the city present. In 1925, Wilson School opened and became the showplace school of the city for many years.
Woodrow Wilson school has the distinction of being built on the location of the home of Mirabeau Lamar, and being named after the 28th President, Woodrow Wilson. These two distinctive, great leaders were similar in many respects. They were great in mind and spirit, vision and courage and in their devotion to their country--its struggles and its pains. They were men of immense intelligence and energy, and they made public life their career.
Among Wilson's most famous alumni are journalist Walter Cronkite and former Governor of Texas, Mark White.