Lee College (Baytown)
200 Lee Drive
Baytown , 77520
Notes: Application submitted to THC, Class of 2011, 11HR15; marker received 01-12-2012; Debra Blacklock-Sloan reports this marker dedicated in 2012
Directions: From SH 225, north on SH 146 toward Baytown, cross the Fred Hartman Bridge, continue on SH 146 (do not exit Business 146); exit West Texas & Decker, right on W. Texas, continue eight tenths of a mile to the "Decker - Market" intersection, right on Market, then left on Lee Drive; the marker is in front of Rundell Hall at Parking Lot 1
Key Time Period: 1920 - 1940 Post-WW I & Depression
Marker Text: In 1934, during the great depression and after several years of planning, the residents of the Goose Creek Independent School District voted to establish Lee Junior College, stressing the importance of higher education opportunities for area residents. One hundred seventy-seven students registered during the fall 1934 semester, and paid less than $15 per semester in fees. The junior college first shared facilities with Robert E. Lee High School, and classes met at night. In 1935 four women made up the first graduating class, and vocational education was inaugurated with a non-credit class in child psychology. The school’s name was changed to Lee College in 1948, and a separate campus was first utilized in 1951. In 1965, the college separated from Goose Creek C.I.S.D. and obtained its own board of regents.
Lee College instituted a college level program in Huntsville at the Texas Department of Corrections in 1966, becoming a pioneer in prison education. The program was designed to reduce recidivism of inmates by offering them educational opportunities, and remains a vital part of the college’s programming. The Lee College honors program was established in 1974 to serve gifted and highly motivated students by preparing them for success in education and employment opportunities. Classes in the program are taught in a seminar format, and several scholarships are awarded through the program based on academic excellence. Lee College continues today to offer academic as well as vocational-technical and continuing education classes to the residents of Baytown and the surrounding area.
175 Years of Texas Independence * 1836-2011
Marker is property of the State of Texas
Marker Type: Marker with Post
Historical Org: Texas Historical Commission (THC)
Key Map Information: 501 X
GPS Coordinates: 29 43.961, 94 58.693
Precinct No: 2
Marker No: 16864