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Detail from Augustus Koch,
Austin, State Capital of Texas, 1887.
Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.
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On October 2, 1876, two hundred young Austinites began classes here at the Austin Graded School -- the first school in Texas to be built with public funds.

Twenty years later, the Austin Statesman described this building as "Austin's first stepping-stone to the superb system of public schools which this city has built up."

Sources:  Audray Bateman, "Pease School Past includes 'Miss Minnie,'" Austin American-Statesman, Oct. 2, 1976, reprinted in Waterloo Scrapbook: 1975-76, Friends of the Austin Public Library, 1976, pg.50; Katherine Hart,  "Rash of Fires in Austin Not a Thing of the Past," Austin American-Statesman, March 3, 1973, reprinted in Waterloo Scrapbook: 1972-73, Friends of the Austin Public Library, 1973, pg.22.  See also Ruth Lynn Williams, Proudly She Serves (1976) (history of Pease School).