Texas School for the Deaf

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Texas School for the Deaf
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1102 South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas
Type School for the Deaf
Established 1856
School district Austin, Texas
Grades K-12
Enrollment Approx. 552 students (2009)
Languages American Sign Language, English

Texas School for the Deaf is a state-operated primary and secondary school for deaf children in Austin, Texas. It was first opened in 1857 "in an old frame house, three log cabins, and a smokehouse."[1] The school struggled under inadequate funding during the Civil War and its aftermath with the students eating food that they grew themselves on the school farm. In 1851 the State Board of Education assumed oversight of the school.



  1. ^ Gannon, Jack. 1981. Deaf Heritage–A Narrative History of Deaf America, Silver Spring, MD: National Association of the Deaf, p. 33 (PDF)

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