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History Facts of Merkel ISD

"According to the late Mrs. H. C. Reid, author of “History of the Merkel School”, the first classes were held in a box car which also served as a post office, a church, a telegraph stations, and a railway station." "A new 500 student High School was completed with classes starting the 96-97 school year. Junior High students moved to the former high school building, built in the early 1980’s, and the elementary was divided with fourth and fifth grades becoming Intermediate moving into the Junior High building. Merkel ISD also completed a new multiple purpose track, baseball field, and softball field during this rebuilding period."

Since then, MISD has grown to a 1,094 student district with three school buildings on two separate campuses; consisting of a high school, middle school, a two story elementary school; and additional facilities such as a football and track field, softball and baseball fields, practice field, indoor practice and weight room, Badger Den, AG Barn, basketball gyms within each building, a stand alone rock gym, as well as an on campus daycare for MISD staff.

  "Merkel ISD comprises a large area and has absorbed all or part of the many early day schools through consolidation. Some of the schools in this consolidation were Mulberry Canyon, Butman, White Church, Nubia, IXL, Castle Peak, Blair, Mt. Pleasant, Cross Roads, Noodle-Horn, Union Ridge, Warren, Salt Branch, Stith, Mulberry Flats and Tye."

Within The Community

The city of Merkel comprises of 2.8 square miles of land 17 miles west of Abilene, Tx. The town has a public library, senior center, heritage hall, Merkel Museum, a pharmacy, Starbucks's Funeral Home, Chuck Roach's Art Museum, ResourceCare Clinic, as well as many ma-and-pop shops and venues. There is also a golf course called Tin Cup Country Club that has a restaurant bar, swimming pool, and RV park.

Shop Around Town

Merkel has multiple shops for clothing and groceries such as a Family Dollar/Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Springmarket Grocer, Prickly Pear TX Tees, an embroidery shop called Gettin Stitched, as well as a few other small shops.

Man Does Not Live By Bread Alone

Merkel has a couple of restaurants which are Skeet’s Texas Grill and Blue Burro, there is also a food truck that can be found around town called The Grub Truck. Other fast food options are also available like Sonic and Subway, with the addition of 2 Allsup's locations, as well as a 7-Eleven and the Iron Horse Travel Center where you can find Boilerman Barbeque. Last but not least, it's always good to stop by Merkel Donuts during your morning commute.

MISD Vision

Engage, Empower, and Equip!

MISD Mission

Engaging and empowering the Badger community to meet challenges, demonstrate resilience, and Achieve Excellence!

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