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Raleigh Hazzard probably taught the first school in Langford Cove in 1857 or 1858. Mr. Hazzard was paid $92.58 on November 2, 1857, by the Coryell County Commissioners from the county school fund. Attending the first school were the children from the families of Asa Langford, James Witcher, Dr. Williams, John Willis, John Hurst, and Sam Sneed. The Witchers, Williams, Willis, Hurst, and Sneed families had moved into a valley across the mountain from the Langfords in 1855 and 1856. The classroom for this first school was under a brush arbor built north of Gholson Gap. Later a log school was built west of Cove for another session of school.

The Civil War brought an abrupt end to education in the South. Not until 1872 did classes resume under another brush arbor east of Langford Cove with Andrew J. Hunter as the teacher. Asa Langford donated four acres of land on the southeastern edge of the Evant for literary school purposes. This is the current location of Evant ISD. By 1878 a one-room rawhide lumber school was erected with classes beginning in the 1879. When this school burned in 1887, it was replaced with a stone school building. The 1889-90 school term began with two teachers, M. L. Stallings and Miss Rude Atherton in the new stone school building. 

In 1892 Bullís Point School was consolidated with Cove School  into an independent school district by a special act of the state legislature. Hamilton County added a second story to the stone building of the newly formed school district. Labor for constructing the second floor of the school was donated by citizens of the community and was completed by 1892. A gym was completed in 1936. A transportation system used from 1933 through 1937 increased the size of the school by bringing students from other school communities into Evant. 

Rodney C. Love came to  at Evant in 1948 as teacher, principal, and coach.  The Liberty School consolidated with Evant in 1954. A new school building was erected in 1975 for students who came from Hamilton, Coryell, and Lampasas Counties.

 

 
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