Schools      

 

 

 

The first school in the county opened in 1860, when Judge Greenleaf Fisk, a large landowner, volunteered to teach the children. By the 1874-75 school term a number of communities maintained schools on a regular basis. Altogether, 514 pupils in the county were enrolled for the four-month term. Brownwood established its own school system in 1876, and other communities soon followed suit. By 1885 the county had 2,000 students and sixty-four teachers in small rural schools and community school systems. In 1888 the Presbyterians established Daniel Baker College, the county's first center of higher learning, and in 1890 a group of Baptists established Howard Payne College. Daniel Baker struggled financially until 1894, when it passed to the Southern Synod of the Presbyterian Church. Howard Payne granted degrees until 1897, then operated as a junior college until 1913, when it was again upgraded to senior college status. In 1953 the two schools were combined under the name of Howard Payne College (now Howard Payne University). from Brown County, Handbook of Texas Online

 

Brown County Records

Available on Microfilm from
Tarleton State University:

Scholastic Census - Bangs ISD 1934-1937; Brownwood ISD 1934-1936; Common School District 1900-1901; 1928-1929; 1935-1937

 
Concord School Photos
Buffalo School Photo
School Districts of Brown County 1900
Brown County Schools from 1877 to 1998 from the Brown County History site
R. F. Hardin High School from the Brown County History site
 

High School, Brownwood

 

Daniel Baker College  

Daniel Baker College, in Brownwood, was founded in 1888 as a Presbyterian college. The Coggin brothers, local residents, donated land for the campus in 1889, and in 1890 the college began to hold classes.  Read the history of Daniel Baker College from the Handbook of Texas Online

Left in the Dust, article about Daniel Baker College from the Dallas Morning News
Historical Marker
1927 Trail yearbook - Faculty & Students from the TXGenWeb archives
1933 Trail yearbook - Faculty & Students from the TXGenWeb archives
1934 Trail yearbook - Faculty & Students from the TXGenWeb archives
 

Howard Payne College (University)

1938 Yearbook, Howard Payne College from the TXGenWeb archives
1939 Yearbook, Howard Payne College from the TXGenWeb archives
Howard Payne University website
Historical Marker: Howard Payne University
Historical Marker: Rev. Noah T. Byars
Historical Marker: John David Robnett