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History of SLC

History of


In 1991, the Texas Board of Education adopted rules under which a school district could outline a private or community-based organization to provide education for students who have dropped out of school or are at-risk of dropping out of school.  This new rationale for learning was implemented in Angelina County through a countywide non-traditional campus for high school students under the direction of the Angelina County Chamber of Commerce Foundation Board (an advisory board of county superintendents and area business/industry executives). Thus, the BETH AND HORACE STUBBLEFIELD LEARNING CENTER was created and initiated through the superintendent of Hudson ISD, Mrs. Mary Ann Whiteker and the first director of the campus, Mrs. Sallye Darmstadter. This unique education center was named in loving memory of two Angelina County citizens, Beth & Horace Stubblefield, who were involved in the greater Lufkin community and education activities for over forty years. 

The Learning Center began its formal operation in 1996 serving students of Central, Diboll, Hudson, Lufkin, and Zavalla ISDs. The fiscal agent of the operation is Hudson ISD with each of the other districts contributing a proportional budgetary allotment based upon the district’s ADA (average daily attendance). Additional funding and support has come from a large group of charitable foundations and private donors since inception including, but not limited to the T.L.L Temple Foundation, E.L. Kurth Jr. Charitable Foundation, Simon & Louise Henderson Foundation, Bettye & Murphy George Foundation, and various private donors. 

Since 1996, Stubblefield’s mission has been to reach students who needed a second chance. SLC has been the positive momentum needed for thousands of students in Angelina County to earn their high school diploma.  As of the fall semester of 2023, there have been 6,950 students earn credits during our summer school program, and over 2,000 high school graduates!



Celebrating 25 Years of Education