President Woodrow Wilson had died just three years before the school opened in 1928, inspiring its name. It was designed in the traditional Elizabethan style by architect Mark Lemmon and, at $700,000, it was the costliest school built in the city up until that point. A piece of wedding cake from President Wilson’s daughter Jessie’s wedding was included in the cornerstone of the building. It is the only public high school in the country to produce two Heisman Trophy winners, Davey O’Brien (class of ’38) and Tim Brown (class of ’87). (Source: Texas Historical Commission)
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