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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.



by BRAD ROLLINS

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.
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    Here’s some background on the building you’re talking about. It was called Fisher Hall: http://smmercury.com/2009/04/23/man-who-burned-old-hospital-serving-eight-years-probation/

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