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COVER: The main building of the Coronal Institute, a private school that opened in San Marcos in 1868, in an undated postcard. CREDIT: SAN MARCOS HAYS COUNTY COLLECTION via SAN MARCOS PUBLIC LIBRARY.


San Marcos CISD trustees today will consider offers to buy the Lamar Annex property, a 5.2-acre tract situated about ⅓ mile from the courthouse square and ½ mile from the heart of Texas State University’s campus.

Occupying the entirety of an over-sized city block at Old Ranch Road 12 and Hutchison Street, the Lamar Annex sits on property where the Coronal Institute, a Methodist private school, was built in 1868. The property was sold to the public school district in 1925 and a new high school was built there in 1951.

In the run-up to last May’s school bond election, Superintendent Mark Eads pitched the prospect of selling the annex tract to trustees, saying proceeds could be used to supplement $76.9 million in new debt authorized by voters to pay for new and renovated campuses and other facilities. On June 25, the school district began soliciting sealed bids for the property.

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2 thoughts on “SMCISD trustees ponder sale of old high school, Coronal Institute site [PRO]

  1. Are you sure the Coronal Institute was on that site? I always heard it was on Belvin street and had been used as a hospital, a fraternity house, and now a private residence.

  2. I think that building, the old Pike house, was a dormitory for the Coronal institute, built in 1901. It burned in 2007 and a private residence was built on the property. The main Coronal Institute building(s), the one pictured above, was located on the Lamar Annex property.
    Here’s some background on the building you’re talking about. It was called Fisher Hall:

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