Blessing High School’s long life serving students

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At the entrance of Blessing High School - opened and dedicated on September 24, 1935 -was a large mural painted by the young Abel B.Pierce Jr. using canvas from a feed store and four colors of house paint depicting a young girl and boy who had visions of their future in the sky. The young lady sees a future in which she is an artist, a ballerina, a nurse, a secretary, or a loving mother. The young man dreams of becoming an airplane pilot, a fiddle player, a rancher, a sailor or a preacher.

Blessing High School
1935 - 1950
Researched by Betty Lou Rickaway 2005
Edited by Mary Belle Ingram

   (Editor’s note: This is the second article of a two part series on Blessing High School’s history.)
Continued from last week...
   The finishing touches for the school was a motto submitted by Mrs. Pearl Pierce Smith (1872-1939) and Adelaide Pierce for the front archway entrance and a mural painted by Abel B Pierce, Jr. (1909-2003), son of Adelaide. The motto read, “Enter to Learn - Go Forth to Serve.” 
   As you enter the front entrance is the large mural painted by the young Pierce using canvas from a feed store and four colors of house paint depicting a young girl and boy who had visions of their future in the sky. 
   The young lady sees a future in which she is an artist, a ballerina, a nurse, a secretary, or a loving mother. 
   The young man dreams of becoming an airplane pilot, a fiddle player, a rancher, a sailor or a preacher. 
   Both the motto and mural greets children and adults.
   The Blessing High School was finally opened and dedicated on September 24, 1935. 
  Matagorda County Judge Oscar Barber (1881-1940), County Superintendent Tom Hale (1903-1969), Architect Harry D. Payne, Attorney C. A. Erickson (1889-1951), C. H. Chermasky from State Board of Education and Mr. L. L. Dinkins, Assistant State Superintendent with other school boards in the county were honored guests at the formal opening.

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