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Thomas A. Edison Junior High School (Thomas Jefferson High School)

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Thomas Jefferson High School
1929, Mark Lemmon. 3501 12th St.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

The school does not occupy a prominent place in the original town plan, yet Lemmon, the Dallas architect who designed Port Arthur's public schools from the late 1920s to the early 1950s, in no way stinted on civic presence. An astounding Dutch gable, centered on 7th Avenue and checkerboarded with cast-stone tiles, gives the school building monumental authority and pays tribute to the Dutch financiers who backed Arthur E. Stilwell's railroad, port, and town-founding projects. Alumni include artist Robert Rauschenberg (class of 1943).

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Thomas A. Edison Junior High School (Thomas Jefferson High School)", [Port Arthur, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 382-382.

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