The Carrizo Springs School (also called the Cole School by some) was located where the North Crease and the West Crease of the Carrizo Creek join on what was the Dunlap Ranch.
The tall cottonwood trees were a beautiful setting for hide and seek places which was one of the games the children loved
writes Dola Mitchell in the 1983 Baca County History Book. In addition to Mitchell who began teaching there in 1929 some of the teachers there through the years included, Mrs Florence Findley, Leona Skinner, Frank Rick, Estaline Hodges, Clarissa Robbins, Dwight Saunders and as shown in the image below my Grandma Susie Looney who later married my granddad and became Susie Huckaby.
Students in addition to the ones listed above include: Bill Mizer.
Nearby, was the Davis school which was established in 1908 and was consolidated with the Carrizo School in 1920. My grandma also taught there along with Flora Rogers.
Fast forward almost 100 years and the album below is the restored Carrizo Springs School. The restoration was required as the North Crease channel changed and cut into the west bank. This subsequently cut away about half of the school building. The Carrizo School was redone primarily by Ike Osteen and John Neal with assistance from other members of the Dunlap Family. The project began in 9 – 27 – 1989 and concluded 12 – 10 – 2001
Below are 2014 photos of the school.
Baca County. Lubbock Texas: Specialty Publishing Company, 1983.