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Ysleta High School
Ysleta, Texas


Description: Ysleta High School
Other Names: none
Address: 8600 Alameda Ysleta, El Paso County, Texas
Type: educational
Original Client: Ysleta Independent School District
Historic Inventory: Ysleta Historic District
Date: Construction began November 10, 1928; completed in 1929
Condition: extant; in use as a high school

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Contractors: J. C. McElroy
Dimensions and Orientation: two stories, originally about 152 feet across; faces Northeast
Budget/Cost: $50,000 building

Foundation: concrete
Wall Materials: variegated red brick
Roofing Materials: flat
Other Materials Used: cast stone ornament
Remodeling and Additions: presently 544 feet across; see remarks

Present Owner: Ysleta Independent School District
Location of Drawings: El Paso Public Library: Ponsford 506, photograph of rendering of front elevation, original section.
Location of Documentary Photographs: El Paso Public Library: Aultman 5950, perspective view of original section. Ysleta High School: yearbooks

Bibliography: (1)El Paso Herald, October 20, 1928 page 14
(2) El Paso Herald, August 10, 1928  page 3  Work start on High School Soon
(3) El Paso Herald, November 12, 1928 page 7  Construction began on November 10, 1928
Remarks: Currently a five-unit building; the original section is the second unit from the east. A bronze plaque in the entry lists Trost & Trost as architects and McElroy as the contractor.

The plans were completed by Trost & Trost for the first unit for the Ysleta High School. It was estimated that the building would cost in the neighborhood of $50,000. (with the ultimate expenditure to be $150,000). Construction was scheduled to start November 1. The building was expected to be completed by February 1.

The building was to be located on 12 acres opposite the Ysleta Woman’s club, on the south side of the lower valley paved road. This location was near the point where the old and new road fork,
just before leading into Ysleta.

The plans for the future expansion of the high school called for the building of an auditorium and gymnasium, a home economics cottage on one corner of the site and a shop on the other.

Everett Bradt an architect for the firm of Trost & Trost was also the chairman of the Ysleta School board.

Prepared for the El Paso Public Library by Lloyd C. and June F. Engelbrecht under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1990