Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Citrus Park School - 1911

In September I posted a photograph of the Citrus Park Colored School, which raised a question about another one-room school in Citrus Park. Finally, I stopped and took a picture of that one as well.















The Citrus Park school was built in 1911, and served all grades in a single room until the 1920s, when a divider was added to make it into two rooms. In the 1920s, a new brick school was built; this brick building is still part of today's Citrus Park Elementary. The wooden schoolhouse, which was originally white rather than red, continued to serve the school and community as lunchroom, church, and classroom. As Citrus Park grew, particularly after World War II, more classrooms were added to the school, but the old schoolhouse remained.




















The Old Citrus Park School is a Hillsborough County Historic Landmark, as it may be the oldest standing school building in the county.
















The Citrus Park Elementary School campus is rather a hodge-podge of architectural styles, the latest addition being in the current decade. Northwest Hillsborough County has grown rapidly in the past ten years, and finding classrooms for all the kids has greatly challenged the local school board.

9 comments:

  1. Anonymous7:37 PM

    I WENT TO SCHOOL HERE IN 1974-75.THE LITTLE RED SCHOOLHOUSE WAS A REALLY COOL BUILDING TO ATTEND CLASS IN.IT HAD AN OLD WOODBURNING HEATER FOR COLD DAYS,BUT NO A/C.EVERY MORNING SOMEONE GOT TO PULL THE ROPE TO RING THE BELL.ITS TOO BAD IT CAN'T STILL BE USED FOR A CLASSROOM.IT WAS REALLY COOL TO BE IN MR JOHNSTON'S CLASS THERE.

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    1. Anonymous11:15 PM

      I also attended Mr. Johnson's class for 5th grade. The year must have been 74-75. It was great being in the school house. I remember the time capsule we buried under the chin up bars next to the school house... was suppose to be dug up in 25 years... I guess we forgot about it. I remember roaming the little woods behind the kick ball field...

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    2. Kennedy Singleton5:38 AM

      I was in Mr Johnson's 5th grade class in the Little Red Schoolhouse, class of 75'. I'm Kennedy Singleton

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  2. Anonymous2:47 PM

    i go there now im in 4th grade i still get to visit the little red school house

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  3. Anonymous7:03 PM

    When I went to school there in the 50's it was the lunch room. We used it for special events such as a spook house. It was a neat place and I am thankful that it has been preserved.

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  4. Anonymous2:18 AM

    I ALSO WAS AT CITRUS PARK IN 1974-1975, LOVED THE OLD SCHOOL HOUSE AND THE COLD MORNINGS WITH THE WOOD STOVE,,,I REMEMBER A TIME CAPSULE WE BURIED NEXT TO THE SCHOOL HOUSE, ANY ONE REMEMBER THAT.

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  5. Anonymous11:01 AM

    I was a student at Citrus Park School from 1940 till 1942, in the third and fourth grades. My third grade teacher was Mrs. Sweatt, and my fourth grade teacher was Mrs. Jameson. Mrs. Jameson was the "Principal".
    During that period, there were three rooms - - the first, second and third grades were in one room, ( Mrs. Sweatt), and the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades in the other room, ( Mrs. Jameson). The third room was used as a combination of a music room, library, and the "Principal's" office.
    When my Mother took me to the school to begin second grade, I was the only child there for the second grade ! So, after discussions with my mother, and a couple of tests, they put me in the Third grade. ! I was the only kid allowed to use an Abacus to do my Arithmatic !
    I remember Air Raid Drills, and the beginnings of WWII, but not The Pearl Harbor Attack.

    At that time, we lived in a small house on Lake Keystone, where I learned to swim amd row a boat. All of it a great time of my life ! !

    dcvf194@yahoo.com

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  6. Anonymous8:29 AM

    Our Mothers Grandfathers built this old schoolhouse which she attented. RIP WE LOVE U ZELNA GANT PENIA

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  7. Graduated class of 75'. Mr Johnson was 5th grade homeroom teacher in the Little Red Schoolhouse.

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