Lantrip Elementary Marker Dedication
Dora Lantrip Elementary School
Eastwood elementary School was constructed in 1916 on land deeded by William A. Wilson, the developer of Eastwood, one of Houston's first master-planned neighborhoods. Designed by City of Houston architect Maurice Sullivan in the mission architectural style, it was the first Houston school arranged on the "Cottage Plan," featuring classrooms occupying a series of free-standing pavilions that were designed to be more 'home-like' and less institutional.
The school's first principal, Doris B. Lantrip (1868-1951), served in the position for twenty-six years and was known for her innovative school administration. During World War I, she directed the students' planting of flower and vegetable gardens at the school. Each year, Lantrip's students elected a 'City Council, 'Mayor,' and 'Health Inspector' to introduce them to the government process and public participation.
Perpetuating the science and nature focus first initiated by Dora B. Lantrip.