Joshua Community Guide 2020 | Page 11

In 1890, the first school in the town of Joshua was built, which was 40 by 60 foot located west of the railroad tracks. The school was closed in the early 1900s due to the need for a larger facility. In October 1899, Willie Denton College opened where Staples Elementary School is located today. Even though the school was named a college, the education program started at the first grade level and continued through the 13th grade. On Dec. 27, 1909, the land that Willie Denton College was located on was turned over to the Joshua Independent School District. In 1917, the name of Willie Denton College was changed to Joshua High School. It was in 1918 that the full class of JHS students graduated. The district celebrated its centennial milestone during the 2017-18 school year. County schools Johnson County features nine school districts and 10 high schools. Districts are Joshua Community Guide 11 Burleson, Cleburne, Joshua, Alvarado, Ve- nus, Godley, Grandview, Keene and Rio Vista. Burleson has two high schools, Bur- leson High (5A) and Burleson Centennial High (5A). All other districts have one high school each. Cleburne and Joshua are 5A, Alvarado and Godley are 4A and Grand- view, Rio Vista and Keene are 3A. Southwestern Adventist University For over 125 years, Southwestern Ad- ventist University has offered Christian ed- ucation through Knowledge, Faith, & Ser- vice. A small comprehensive university, the beautiful campus is located in Keene about 20 minutes south of Fort Worth. SWAU offers personable professors, di- verse undergraduate and graduate pro- grams, and countless ways for students to get involved on campus, in the community and abroad. With more than 90 percent of students