Sunday, September 26, 2010

High School Designed to Withstand Bombing (Abilene, Texas)

Abilene Reporter-News [TX]
25 September 2010

Cooper at 50: A high school born in boom times

By Larry Zelisko
Abilene Reporter-News

[Oscar Henry Cooper High School in Abilene was built in 1960. Rose Williams taught Latin there from 1960 to 1992.]

[...] The one-story, spread-out campus was a new design for Abilene.

Cooper legend had it that the campus was designed so that it wouldn‘t be entirely wiped out if an enemy bomb fell on it, Williams said, explaining that the Cold War was going on and the new Strategic Air Command base was considered a target. At the time the Army was building two Nike missile sites to protect Dyess from airborne attack. [...]