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Cole's Select School

(Memorial & Biographical History
of Dallas County, 1892)
(Submitted by Dorman Holub)

     This college was established in 1889 by Colonel J. R. Cole, an eminent scholar and educator, at the solicitation of a number of prominent citizens of Dallas. The special object was to prepare boys at home for college or university or give a useful education adequate for the various vocations of life.
     While this school is mainly for boys, a limited number of girls are admitted. The course of study adopted, in many respects, is equal to the curriculum of many colleges, and, thoroughly mastered, will prepare a student for the freshman or sophomore class in the best colleges and universities in our country. It requires eight years to complete the entire course for graduation, which can be accomplished at 16-18 years of age. Students completing the entire course will receive diplomas.
     Colonel J. R. Cole, principal, is a graduate of Trinity College, North Carolina, having received the degree of A. B. and A. M. He has taught in Texas more than 20 years and has been professor, principal or president in some of the most prominent institutions in the State, as McKenzie College, North Texas Female College and the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas.
     Misses May and Ella Cole are the daughters of the principal and were educated under his direction. He was assisted by the best lady teachers he could procure in the State as private instructors in his family for nine years.
     Prof. G. A. Harmon, in charge of penmanship and bookkeeping, is president of the Dallas Business College and is too well known in his departments for further reference.
     Prof. Frank Reaugh is an artist of the Julian Academy, Paris, France. He has devoted years to the fine arts, receiving high honors at the last St. Louis Expedition.
     The "honor" students in the years 1891-1892, having completed the full course of studies and receiving diplomas, were Frank Blankenship, R. King Cole, Ernest House, Ellen Thurston. Those completing the English course and receiving certificates were Howard Ardrey and Thomas Lucas.
     The E. M. Kahn medal for the best student in school is shown by attendance, conduct and studies, was awarded to Scott Miller.
     The Mrs. Warren medal for second best student was awarded to Frank Blankenship and Thomas Lucas, a tie.
     The Dr. S. D. Thruston medal for the best girl student was awarded to Eugenia Chappell.
     The C. F. Carter medal for the best student of those who did not exceed 50 on the first roll of honor last year was awarded to Neita Barton.

- Memorial & Biographical History of
Dallas County, Texas, 1892, pp. 318-319.
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   (Transcribed by Dorman Holub from John Henry Brown's Memorial & Biographical History of Dallas County, Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago,, 1892, Permission to reproduce this transcription must be obtained from Dorman Holub)