When A. L. Day took over direction of the school in 1900, the 300 pupils were being taught by five teachers. Day's 35 years were to encompass the development of the railroad as a division point, the growth of East Texas State Teachers College, World War I, the Great Depression, the invention of the radio, improved roads that were mandated by the availability and use of the passenger car. However, no vast technological advances occurred that would make curriculum expansion necessary.

By 1909, the school had expanded to 12 teachers and 600 students. To better serve the community, Day was responsible for building West Ward in 1910 on land donated by Dr. W. J. Wheeler at Live Oak and Earl, and North Ward in 1912 on Neal Street.

With lower grades also in the red brick school building, then called Central, the schools were evently distributed in thw town. In 1914, finances forced a cut-back from a nine-month to an eight-month term because parents refused to pay for the extra month.

Following World War I, one source reported that the school had 900 students, with 305 listed for the high school.

In 1923, a new high school building was erected on Sycamore Street at a cost of $125,000. This high school, evidently grades 8 through 11, had 14 teachers--three each for mathematics and English, two for history, and one each for science, Spanish, domestic science, Latin and commercial subjects.

In 1935, it seems that a change in administration was feasible, and Day retired.
The first ward school, West Ward, was built in 1910 on land donated by Dr. W. J. Wheeler. The Wheeler home was at Live Oak and Bois d'Arc, and the school was located at Live Oak and Earl.
North Ward, a second ward school, was built on Neal Street in 1912. The building was used as a school until the early 1930s.