South Park Heritage Museum Records
Scope and Contents
The South Park Heritage Museum Records is a composite collection of historical material compiled by the South Park community in Beaumont that documents its school district's heritage. The collection conists of a variety of material that includes: high school yearbooks (1917-1987); high school senior graduation commencement programs and photographs; high school newsletters; high school class reunion photographs and memorabilia; high school student council scrapbooks; high school sports teams scrapbooks, programs, photographs and film footage; high school athletes, coaches and teachers memorabilia; high school and middle school scrapbooks and yearbooks for the Parent, Teacher and Student Association (PTSA); school directories; high school artifacts related to the school mascot ("Greenie"), school band, concert choir and cheerleaders programs; local elementary school class photographs; assorted newspaper clippings about the South Park Independent School Distric (SPISD); and other memorabilia and ephemera that encompasses the history of the school district. Also contained in this same collection are materials related to South Park Junior College, and Lamar College of Technology.
- Creation: 1891 - 2016
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South Park Independent School district was founded in 1891, separate from the original Beaumont Independent School District founded in 1883. It was named after the city of Beaumont’s south end, which became home to many oil workers after the Spindletop oil boom in 1901. The district included South Park High School, Forest Park High School, and Hebert High School, which was a school for a black students. It also included South Park Junior College, which would become Lamar University, moving to a separate campus in 1942.
Unlike the original Beaumont ISD, South Park ISD was a majority white district and resisted desegregation efforts in the 1970s. Court-ordered integration attempted to rectify white flight from the redrawn attendance boundaries by merging Forest Park High School with Hebert High School to create the integrated West Brook Senior High school in 1982. In 1983, the original Beaumont ISD board voted to dissolve the district and officially merged with South Park ISD in 1984, forming the current Beaumont ISD.
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The South Park Heritage Museum Records is a composite collection of historical material compiled by the South Park community in Beaumont that documents its school district's heritage. The collection includes a vareity of materials including yearbooks, scrapbooks, programs, photographs, newsletters, reunion programs, film, and other memorabilia that encompasses the history of the school district, with an emphasis on the history of South Park High School.
This collection is organized into 9 series.
Series 1: Yearbooks, 1917-1986
Series 2: Scrapbooks, 1915-2016
Series 3: Photographs, 1981-2014
Series 4: Administrative Records, 1929-1997
Series 5: Programs, 1915-2016
Series 6: Publications, 1928-1977
Series 7: Newspaper Clippings, 2009-2013
Series 8: Audiovisual Materials, 1962-1987
Series 9: Artifacts, 1976-2015
Genre / Form
- Audiovisual materials
- Minutes (administrative records)
- Newspaper clippings
- Programs (documents)
- Bands (Music)
- Colleges and universities--Lamar University (Beaumont, Tex.)
- Community life--Beaumont (Tex.)
- Education -- Beaumont (Tex.)
- High school students
- High schools—Beaumont (Tex.)
- Historic buildings--Beaumont (Tex.)
- Public buildings--Beaumont (Tex.)
- School yearbooks—Beaumont (Tex.)
- South Park High School--Beaumont (Tex.)
- Finding Aid for the South Park Heritage Museum Records, 1891-2016
- Jennifer Perritt
- June 10, 2020
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