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Solomon Coles High School

Solomon Coles High School

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924 Winnebago St Corpus Christi TX United States 78401

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We're proud of our legacy!

Our school is named for a former slave, Solomon Melvin Coles. A sheriff during the Civil War broke the law by teaching Coles to read. Coles worked his way through college and eventually received his doctorate. He came to Texas in 1877.

He began preaching in Corpus Christi and teaching black students in 1878. Coles gave up the ministry to teach and serve as principal at the school known as the Public Free School for Colored. After he left Corpus Christi, the school building was converted to a broom factory.

In 1925 the high school was built and named for Coles. In 1973 it became Solomon M. Coles Elementary School and in 2006 became Solomon M. Coles High School and Education Center.


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