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The Harris County School for Boys was founded in 1910 and originally located in Seabrook, Texas. In 1912, County Judge A. E. Amerman purchased 130 acres of land on Clear Lake but the school was moved in 1914 to South Houston. In 1923 a new school was built on the site on Clear Lake, adjacent to the county park. The modern facility was completed in 1924 at the cost of $85,000 and the boys again relocated.

District courts assigned dependent or delinquent boys ages 10 – 18 to the school with an average length of stay of two years. The purpose of the school was to “give the wayward boy an opportunity to fit himself for a useful life.” In addition to academic work, the school stressed the trades, agriculture, and recreation. 

During the 1960s there was a move to close the school as both the buildings and the curriculum were outmoded. However, after a strong showing of support for the home from the Clear Lake and Webster communities, a co-educational Youth Village was constructed to replace the Boys School. 

Information concerning the school can be found in the Juvenile Probation and Auditor’s Records and various manuscript collections. Please contact the Harris County Archives for assistance.
 

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