Members Only Area
Bookmark and Share
sidebar menu icon


WHITESBORO NORMAL SCHOOL. Whitesboro Normal School, a private primary school, was established by James M. Carlisle at Whitesboro in Grayson County, Texas, in 1878. With Euler B. Smith, Carlisle purchased the two-story frame building constructed for and previously used by the Shiloh Baptist Institute and offered classes until 1882. The four-person faculty, which included Carlisle and Smith, taught an average of 100 students per year during its existence. The normal school ceased operations in 1882, when Carlisle accepted the post of superintendent of the Whitesboro public school. The building was used for some time by the public schools of the community.


Graham Landrum and Allen Smith, Grayson County (Fort Worth, 1960; 2d ed., Fort Worth: Historical Publishers, 1967). Mattie D. Lucas and Mita H. Hall, A History of Grayson County (Sherman, Texas, 1936).

David Minor

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to:

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

David Minor, "WHITESBORO NORMAL SCHOOL," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed December 01, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.