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Phillips Chronicles 1926-1990
by Tommy Birch '61
edited by M. van Patten '62

1926-1937 1948- 1957 1969- 1981
1938- 1947 1958-1968 1982-1990

Foreword

The following is a chronological compilation of events affecting Phillips, Texas -- the town, the schools, and the churches that made up the vital interrelated core of the community.  At least one item is listed for each year from 1926 - 1990, the 65-year period that spanned the rise and fall of the “Phillipian Empire”, if it may be labeled as such.

The compiled events portray the general course of the town and schools’ histories starting with the inception of the oil town known as “Phillips Camp” and its early growth just prior to and during the years of the Depression before the first high school was built.  This compilation continues on through World War II and the post war eras of the 1940's as the school thrived and steadily gained both in population and prestige, and a firm and proud Blackhawk tradition was established.  Growth continued through the 1950's when the school enjoyed its golden era and reached its zenith by the end of the decade.   

Until the 1960’s Phillips, Texas was an independent, self-sufficient and self-contained community.  In the name of inexorable progress, things began to change during the 1960's -- the town’s population and the school’s enrollment figures began to decline and continued to do so through the 1970's, almost as symmetrically as it had grown during the 1930’s and ‘40’s.  Attrition was attributable to several factors.  First, houses in Phillips, but not the land beneath them, were sold to employees in 1957 which meant former employees and/or spouses could retire and continue to live in Phillips as smaller families of couples or singles. Second, the burgeoning town of Fritch built its own high school which significantly diminished enrollment at Phillips High School.  Third, automation at Phillips Petroleum Company became the byword, and the town began to feel the effects of frequent employment cutbacks and layoffs at the plants.  Fourth, the highway between Phillips and Borger was modernized and widened to four lanes which meant that Phillips residents began to trade more frequently with stores in Borger.  Several stores and businesses in Phillips either closed or relocated to Borger, Sutphen’s BBQ Pit notwithstanding.  However, Phillips the town and its schools remained a vital and viable force despite the occasional setbacks that foreshadowed the future. 

The unexpected coup de grâce -- the big explosion of January 20, 1980 -- rocked the town literally and figuratively.  The explosion eventually (6 years of resistance, competition for land ownership, legal wrangling, etc.) resulted  in the unpopular eviction notices by the company, the mass exodus of the town’s populace, and the demise of the town and the school.  Phillips Petroleum Company, builder and supporter of the town, ironically was the town’s judge and executioner due to economic pressures, safety considerations of the times, and newer management within the company which had no or few ties with or loyalty to the town. 

Although Phillips -- the town, the schools, and the churches -- is of the past, there are countless fond and precious memories that remain indelibly etched in the minds of former Phillips residents.  These memories cannot be taken away nor can the fierce and proud Blackhawk spirit that still lives!  As we accomodate to a much bigger world, we realize all the more just how privileged and fortunate we were to have been raised and to have lived in the unique town of Phillips, Texas.  The Phillips Heritage Center, located in Stinnett, Texas, stands today as a firm testimony and vivid reminder that such an ideal town and school did exist. 

Author's note: Please contact me at phillipsblackhawks_AT_yahoo.com with corrections and/or additions. Data is based on the information on hand and may be subject to error.

Tommy Birch (Class of ‘61)
 

1926-1937 1948- 1957 1969- 1981
1938- 1947 1958-1968 1982-1990

 1926-1937

1926 As a result of the oil boom which started in March, the little town that eventually became Phillips was founded, named after Frank Phillips, the founder of Phillips Petroleum Company (PPC).  The town was a merger of two drilling camps: Phillips Camp and Whittenburg Camp.  The word “camp” was a tag that seemed to stick with the town as late as the 1950's.
By fall the first Phillips school was built in Old Phillips and was opened, a little white frame building consisting of 7 elementary grades and 2 grades of high school.  Ostrom's Grocery Store was the first business to open in Phillips.  Pantex and Bunkhouse were the first residential streets built.
The wooden-beamed, one-way, 5/8 mile-long Plemons Bridge was built at a cost of $135,000. 

1927 For the 1927-1928 school year, the junior and senior students of the Phillips Independent School District went to Borger; the freshmen and sophomores remained in the Phillips school.
PPC purchased the Alamo Refinery at Whittenburg Camp.  The town got its first doctor and hospital located at north end of Bunkhouse Street.

1928 Phillips discontinued two grades of high school, sending all of its high school students to Stinnett for the fall semester, and to Plemons for the following spring semester.
The first murder occurred in town when a man was shot.
The First Baptist Church of Phillips was founded, and Goodwin Grocery Store opened for business.

1929 Phillips began sending all their high school students to Borger.
Fire destroyed the hospital. 

1930 The First Baptist Church was built at the end of Pantex Street in Old Phillips.  The building later became the Frank Phillips Men's Club after the new church was built across from the park in 1948. 

1931 A deputy sheriff was killed at the Alamo Cafe in Phillips in an effort to disarm a disgruntled Phillips employee.
PPC completed building a 681-mile long pipeline from the Refinery to East St. Louis, Illinois.

1932 A new auditorium and basement was added to the First Baptist Church building.

1933 Heavy dust storms played havoc with the school and the town residents’ homes.  The adverse effects of the Depression began to impact the company and the town.

1934 After only four months of construction, one hundred new homes were completed at Phillips west of the railroad tracks.  The shotgun-styled houses rented for $6/month for a 3-bedroom home and $8/month for a 4-bedroom home.  New housing plans then began for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd Streets residential area.
The dirt road between Phillips and Borger was paved. 

1935 The first high school was built at a cost of $76,000 and opened.  180 students enrolled at PHS and 613 in the lower grades.  John Mizell was the superintendent, and R.V. Baker was the first principal.  Electric City  began sending its grades 1 through 5 to the Phillips Elementary School.
The first high school football game was played against the Pampa Gorillas (B-team) which Phillips won 21 to 6.  The original football field was located at 2nd Street and  B Avenue. The team averaged 151 lbs per man and was originally called the Phillips Gushers (oil term); however the team voted to be called the Blackhawks.  Orange and black team colors were chosen from the colors of Phillips 66 emblem. 
An old 30' by 115' boarding house was remodeled and became the Phillips Hospital (the birthplace of many an ex-student) and eventually the Phillips Community Hall.
The first “black duster”, a suffocating black wall of dust, engulfed the town in total darkness with 50 mph winds. 

1936 The Seniors of ‘36 were the first PHS graduates.  Baseball team won top honors.
Residents of Phillips and much of the rest of the Texas Panhandle experienced an earthquake on June 19 that rattled homes and businesses, but fortunately caused no real damage.
Strict moral standards were expected from all school personnel.  In the past teachers were not allowed to be married, but two of the teachers were secretly married during the year, so the rule was relaxed, and married teachers were welcomed on the faculty.  

1937 A 100-house construction project started along and off Phillips Avenue.  The new homes were ready for occupancy by the next year.
A new football stadium was completed. The Phillips Blackhawks won their first game on the new field, 46-0, and went on to win their first regional championship.
The first issue of “Philnews”, the monthly PPC magazine, was published.

1938-1947

1938 High school students from Sanford-Fritch began to be bussed to Phillips.  The ‘38 seniors first set the tradition of having Kids Day on April  Fools Day.  They took a senior trip to Palo Duro Canyon.
Residents voted to change the town’s name from Whittenburg to Phillips.  Phillips’ first postmaster was appointed. 

1939 R.E. Vaughn became Phillips ISD superintendent and K. Kendrick became principal.  Chesty Walker was hired as the head football coach.
Two important school traditions were begun: annual yearbooks (cost $2.50 each) and group senior pictures.  The senior trip was  to Carlsbad NM.
The Phillips High School band was invited to march in the parade for Frank Phillips’ 66th birthday party in Bartlesville and was named the outstanding honor band.
The high school Phil-Echoes newsletter was started.
New housing development east of the football fields commenced  including the new fire station at the end of Hiatt. 

1940 PHS was admitted to membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools for the first time.
The Blackhawk football team went undefeated and won the school’s first regional title under Coach Walker.  Regional was as far as a team could advance until 1948 after which participation in the state championship was permitted.
The grade school cafeteria was built and opened.  Prices charged were: soup - 5 cents, sliced beef - 10 cents, and vegetables - 7 cents each.  Or a complete meal including drink was 20 cents.  Or a monthly meal ticket cost $3.00.
A fire closed the Phillips Theater in Old Phillips. 
First PPC scholarships were awarded to eligible seniors.

1941 The new $20,000 Phillips Elementary School was opened, just in time, as the old red brick grade school had just burned down the previous December along with the equipment to be transferred.
The Blackhawk band placed first in a state contest.
The Phillips-Borger road was upgraded to State Highway 119.  It was reported to be the most heavily traveled highway in West Texas according to the Texas Highway Department.
Harold Hope, a marine of the Class of ‘39, was killed at Pearl Harbor on December 7.  He was the first World War II casualty from Hutchinson County. 

1942 After a Phillips child was bitten by a rabid dog, Phillips residents had to tie up their dogs and cats in a three-week quarantine.
The last PHS girls' basketball team--then called the Phillipettes -- to play, as this sports program was suspended for what would turn out to be 30 years (see 1972).
The football team’s amazing record of 34 consecutive wins came to an end as Phillips lost a heart breaking 0 - 0 tie bi-district game to Hereford on penetrations 3 to 2.
The PHS Student Council was first established.

1943 The 12th grade was added this school year at Phillips.  Before, elementary school consisted of grades 1 - 7 and high school was grades 8 - 11.   Mildred McGee became the elementary school principal.
PPC hired some Native Americans to work at the plant, but they all quit, fled town, and returned to the reservation after one of Phillips’ infamous plant fires occurred.

1944 Philtex Plant began operations manufacturing high-purity hydrocarbons.
The first Phillips Free Fair was held on the Phillips school playground just west of Blackhawk Stadium.
The new hospital was opened on Addinsell Street. 

1945 Mr. Kendrick became the superintendent of Phillips ISD.  Mr. J.I. Kimmins, who began teaching and coaching at PHS in 1939, became the principal and served for 33 years.  Between 52 and 84 percent of PHS graduates went on to attend college or vocational school each year during his tenure as principal.
Plemons students that graduated from the 8th grade began attending PHS, as Plemons High School closed.
7 former male graduates, who gave their lives for their country in World War II, were honored in the ‘45 annual.

1946 Lee Johnson became the new superintendent of Phillips ISD.
The Hawks Nest concession stand was erected at Blackhawk Stadium by the Student Council.  The little 12' by 8' building was painted with the school colors -- orange and black.  There many a cold, uncomfortable fan enjoyed hot dogs, hot coffee, cokes, candy, and popcorn.

1947 Phillips “66" Cleaners opened for business at the corner of Avenue C and Whittenburg Avenue.
Jolly Drug Store opened for business in “Old” Phillips.
Phillips population was estimated to be a little over 4000.
PHS had their first girls volleyball team under the helm of Coach Freda Shuttlesworth.
The boys track team program became eligible to advance beyond the district playoff.

1948-1957

1948 The First Baptist and First Methodist Churches were built just across from the Phillips Park.  The Methodist Church was built first in the spring followed by the Baptist Church by the summer’s end. 

1949 The new high school gym was constructed. Blackhawk Stadium was remodeled with a press box and a visitors bleachers section.  A new wing was added to the elementary school; San Lee Hall and the teachers' apartments were completed.
The boys track team placed 2nd at the state meet. 
The “66" Theater, Phillips’ last picture show, closed down.      

1950 On a Sunday afternoon, March 19, during play practice in the auditorium, the curtains on the stage caught fire from a faulty switch box and the entire high school, except the gym and the vocational buildings, was destroyed.  School was held the following day in the Baptist and Methodist Churches, so students did not miss a day of school or even a class.
Sutphen’s BBQ Pit opened for business in Phillips.
The girls volleyball team had their first undefeated season (24-0) as they won district - as far as one could advance.
In track Tommy Moore set a state record for the 440-yard dash, .the first Phillips’ athlete to do so.

1951 The huge Unit 29 catcracker that dominates the skyline of the Phillips plants was constructed and placed into operation at the Refinery.
Ostrom's closed their doors and Cut-Rate Grocery opened.
A new high school was built at a cost of $1,200,000.  It was reported to be the finest and most modernly equipped educational facility in the Panhandle.      

1952 A tragic accident occurred in the town in which a gasoline truck collided with a Santa Fe train resulting in an explosion and a fire that miraculously did not spread to the houses and to the plant otherwise the whole town of Phillips could have gone up in flames.
The boys track team placed 2nd at the state meet.
The first exes homecoming in the school’s history was held. This annual event was first sponsored by the Student Council but was soon taken over by a very active alumni association who still plan and put on this function today.      

1953 TV fever spread through Phillips as an Amarillo station flashed its first test patterns over the air. 
The mercury hit a record high of 108+ degrees in June. 
FPMC opened the lake/park area to PPC employees. 
PPC began to take serious steps to modernize the Philblack carbon plant to reduce the noisome clouds of black smoke/dust that daily polluted the area. 
The last “Exes vs. Future Hawks” football game was played in the spring.
The Music Makers band ensemble made its debut. 

1954 Phillips began its record of state championships on Christmas Day when the Hawks  won the Class AA state football crown.  They defeated Killeen in Wichita Falls by the score of  21 - 13.
The first conference of the Top O’ Texas District Council Meeting was held at PHS.
Cut-Rate Grocery moved to the former Ostrom’s site.
The Phillips High School choir won contest sweepstakes and was named the outstanding choir at Enid Tri-Sate Music Festival. 

1955 The town’s population reached a peak of over 4500 residents. 
The school board reorganized the grades so that junior high (grades 7 and 8) was created for the first time. 
There were 1285 students enrolled in the Phillips schools: 440 in high school and 845 in the elementary/junior high schools.  There were 47 subjects taught at Phillips.
The last recorded “black duster” of this century swept down from the Kansas plains and shrouded the town of Phillips in dust and darkness for two solid days.  Wet towels and hankies were life-savers. 

1956 Chesty Walker, the 'winningest coach in Texas', resigned as the Phillips head football coach to take a coaching position at  University of Washington.  Chesty’s overall record from 1939 to 1956 was 18 district champions and one state title. Walker's Blackhawks were 172-23-8.  His football teams won 37 titles at the district, regional, and state levels.  He still is regarded by many as the best high school coach ever in Texas schoolboy football!  He was posthumously inducted in the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco in 1981.
The boys basketball team was the runner-up state finalist in Class AA for the first time in the school’s history. They lost a squeaker by 2 points to Jacksonville, 68 - 70. 

1957 PPC allowed many of the town’s residents to buy the company houses, but Phillips still owned and leased the land.  The new homeowners did most of the remodeling of their houses themselves.
Phillips was reclassified from Class AA to Class AAA Division.  This did not intimidate the girls volleyball team as they won the state Class AAA championship title for the first time in the school’s history.
The town was shocked and saddened when School Superintendent Lee Johnson died of a heart attack in Enid, Oklahoma, at Tri-State Music Festival in May.  Cody Fondren was named the new superintendent.

 1958-1968

1958 Bobby Moore tragically died on Halloween night during the Phillips-Dumas football game played at Dumas.  He became the first football player to die as a result of a sports injury (see 1974).
By 1958 Bunavista, Phillips, and Borger became commonly referred to as the Tri-City area.
The girls volleyball team repeated as the Class AAA state champions. 
The Frank Phillips Men's Club softball team won the state fast-pitch softball championship.

1959
The Phillips Blackhawk marching band was invited and participated in the New Years parade and the University of Texas-Syracuse University Cotton Bowl game in Dallas.
Jesse Williams placed first in the Class AAA high hurdles event for the Blackhawk track team. 
Phillips lost for the first time ever to Dumas in football. 
 

1960 In the spring of 1960 there was a bad omen that set the stage for things to come: PPC served eviction notices to several homeowners west of the railroad tracks which resulted by the summer’s end in the elimination of Bunkhouse Street and half of Pantex and Ryan Streets.  Most of the affected residents relocated within Phillips, so there was little effect on the school.
Ona Lee Hedrick won the girls tennis singles Class AAA state finals championship.  Having also been the salutatorian of her senior class, she thus deserves to be called the school’s first outstanding athlete-scholar.
1960 census had the town’s population at 3600.

1961 This year graduated the largest (year-in and year-out) class ever at PHS.  The Class of ‘61 had 165 members as freshmen, 157 as sophomores, 137 as juniors, and 118 as seniors.
The girls volleyball team won the Class AAA state championship title.
Jo Carol Hickox, Student Council member, was the vice-president of the State Council. 

1962 The girls volleyball team repeated as state champions in Class AAA.
The Phillips Youth Baseball League was organized with four teams.  Little League baseball in Phillips had its roots dating back to the coaching days of Cecil George at Garrett Field on Second Street. 

1963 The girls volleyball team was crowned the Class AAA state champions for the 3rd consecutive year.  This was the 5th title in the last 7 years and the last one for the Blackhawks under Coach Freda Shuttlesworth, who resigned as coach after 17 seasons.
The last Sanford-Fritch students graduated from Phillips this year, as Fritch had opened its own high school. This reduced the size of future PHS senior classes by about 20 percent. 

1964 Freddie Banes placed first in the state for the boys track team in the 880-yard run.
An all time record 28-inch snowfall blanketed the town of Phillips in March. 

1965 The boys basketball team advanced to the semi-finals before losing at Austin.  The Hawks finished with an outstanding 30-5 record, the only Phillips boys team to reach 30 victories in a season. 
Fred Banes was a repeat state champion in the 880-yard run.

1966 Because of dwindling enrollment figures, Phillips dropped back again to Class AA. 
The girls volleyball team captured another state championship title, this time in Class AA. 

1967 Poor officiating at the Phillips-Plano semi-finals playoff football game in all probability cost the Blackhawks ( a 15-to-13 loss) the Class AA state championship.  Plano went on to easily win the state finals.  The Plano head coach later remarked that the referees just gave his team the victory on several bad calls against Phillips, and conceded that Phillips was the better team and deserved the game.
The Blackhawk band twirlers sported a new look from the traditional, long-pants uniform, as they were allowed to wear short skirts for the first time. 
A “live” Blackhawk student mascot was added to the pep squad. 

1968 The renowned Phillips girls volleyball team racked up still another state championship title in Class AA.
Blackhawk Stadium was renamed H.C. Walker Stadium after ex-coach Chesty Walker, who had earlier that year passed away.
Ray Robbins retired as the school’s band director after leading the Blackhawk band to sweepstakes at Enid Tri-State Music Festival for 20 straight years during his 21 years at PHS.  He was posthumously inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame in 1991. 
Five other teachers retired with a combined 116 years of tenure: Vera Haren, Catherine Wheeler, Violet Sparks, Gertie Mills, and Jesse Williams.

1969-1981 

1969 Two Phillips exes, Eddie Pennington (‘61) and David Reck (‘63),  lost their lives while serving in Viet Nam.  They were killed in action only four months apart.
Four more teachers, who together amassed 83 years of tenure at PHS, retired: Eulyn Dynes, Helen Lively, Lellah Adkins, and Marian Patman.
The girls continued to dominate Class AA  in volleyball as they bagged another state championship title. 

1970 The Class of ‘70 dedicated their yearbook theme to the first manned landing on the moon commemorating the historic occasion of July 1969.
The Hawks had an up-and-down football season.  They lost to Panhandle for the first time since 1938.  However, in front of a HC crowd in the most dramatic comeback in Blackhawk history, they marched 98 yards in 11 plays in the last seconds of the game to score on a 10-yard deflected pass as the buzzer sounded to beat undefeated Dalhart! 
The post office in Phillips closed after 32 years of service.

1971 Another four teachers, who had taught in the Phillips Elementary School each for over 20 years, retired this year: Corene Lobaugh, Lucille Rigdon, Clara Moore, and Nora Sims.
The girls volleyball team did it one final time -- they won another Class AA state championship title and trophy!  In all, Phillips girls volleyball team won the state championship 9 times (1957, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1968, 1969, and 1971)! 

1972 The girls basketball program was reinstated at PHS after a 30-year hiatus.  Girls volleyball was dropped after 1975 because it competed head-on with basketball for the same talent pool at the same time.  

1973 San Lee Hall, the teachers apartment complex that was located directly west of the Methodist Church, was evacuated and then torn down.

1974 A new $300,000 indoor activity center located between the grade school gym and the swimming pool was built for the Phillips schools and became the site for all future basketball games. 
Gary Treadway became the second boy to die playing in a football game (see 1958).
Another foursome, who each taught for over 20 years, retired from teaching in the same year: Wilton Lillard, Annelle Smith, Beulah Lindley, and Wilma Weston.

1975 The girls basketball team was runner-up in the Class AA state tournament.  They lost a real heartbreaker by only one point!
Cody Fondren retired from the superintendent’s job after 19 years.  Don Blankenship was named as superintendent of Phillips ISD. 

1976 The girls basketball team, known as the Hawkettes, were not to be denied and won the Class AA state basketball championship as they handily defeated Bellville 83 to 69. 

1977 The Hawkettes basketball team fell just short of repeating as state champs as they lost a close game in the finals at Austin. 

1978 Phillips Pet. Co. sent eviction notices to 159 families living west of the tracks and north of the park to move their houses.
J.I. Kimmins retired after 40 years of service. Joel Lynch was named the new high school principal. 

1979 The senior class began senior trips to Wolf Creek, Colorado to snow ski. 

1980 January 20th, on a cold and snowy Sunday morning, a huge explosion at the Refinery rocked the town and severely damaged the businesses, the schools, the churches, and most of the homes.  1200 broken windows in the Phillips schools had to be replaced.  The explosion forced 317 families to leave by year’s end, a loss in population of about 1600 persons.  This was the beginning of the inevitable end of the town and school.
The Phillips Park was eradicated by the fall of the year. 

1981 What used to be the Phillips Park became a four-lane highway, parking lots, and sites for new warehouses to accommodate the expansion of the Refinery.
Phillips First Methodist voted to join with Bunavista Methodist in constructing a new church building in Bunavista.  Later in the year Phillips First Baptist followed suit in deciding to join with Bunavista Baptist.
Karen McClure made school history by becoming the first Phillips student to win the state competition in typing.
Data processing and computer programming were added to the curriculum at the high school.

1982-1990 

1982 The girls basketball team was a state finalist in Austin in Class AA.
Because of the town’s diminishing population, PHS was reclassified to Class A after the 1982 school year. 

1983 The Methodist Church building was razed.
Group senior pictures and annual yearbook pictures began to be made in color. 

1984 The Baptist Church building soon also was demolished and razed to the ground. Along with the absence of the Methodist Church building, this created a startling, gaping void right behind the schools.  Now only a skeleton of a town was left, cast against the  newly exposed and stark backdrop of a menacing giant of iron and steel.
The town’s population dropped to an estimated 1500 people. 

1985 A dual news release occurred in August.  First, PPC announced plans for the removal of the remaining 68 homes on Phillips Avenue.  On the heels of that announcement came the unexpected eviction letters from Whittenburg M & M Cattle Company that were sent to the other 415 homeowners in Phillips who lived on First, Second, and Third Streets, Coble Lease, and Sunset Heights. The Whittenburgs unexpectedly sold the 140 acres of leased land on which Phillips houses stood to PPC (instead of to the homeowners who were trying to buy the land).  This transaction left PPC as the sole landlord of Phillips by the year’s end.
Maurine Forbus retired from teaching math at PHS.  Her teaching career at Phillips High spanned 42 years to rank her as the teacher with the longest tenure despite her having skipped a couple of years during the 1940's.

1986 The largest Homecoming in the school’s history was held in the summer to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Phillips High School.  Over 1500 ex-students attended the homecoming activities crammed into the 1000-seat auditorium.  It was the grand and fitting tribute to the school’s illustrious and proud history.  50 graduating classes all marched onto the football field for the last time, a very emotional ceremony. 
The population of Phillips dwindled to 800.

1987 The last senior class, 18 strong, graduated from Phillips High School.  The town of Phillips decided to consolidate with Stinnett and Plemons to form a new PSP school district.  Phillips High School unceremoniously closed its doors, though kindergarten through 5th grade continued to remain open for school the next two years.  Phillips Elementary became known as the South Campus. 

1988 The Phillips Free Fair, sponsored by the Lions Club for the past 45 consecutive years, was held for the last time on the former Phillips school playgrounds. 

1989 After four years in the courts, the Phillips homeowners’ class action suit to remain in Phillips was finally denied by a federal district judge who ruled that all the remaining 50 homes must be moved out of town by August. Sixty-four years of history quietly and sadly came to an end as PHILLIPS OFFICIALLY CEASED TO EXIST as a town.
PPC bought the Phillips school buildings for two million dollars from the PSP consolidated school district. 

1990 All Phillips Blackhawk pictures, annuals, trophies, plaques, and other memorabilia were collected and removed by the still active Alumni Association and transferred to the Blackhawk Heritage Center which was built in Stinnett.
The former school buildings became offices for PPC and their contractor firms.  The Activity Building remains as an employee recreational facilty.  The football scoreboard was moved to the WTHS football field where it was repainted and is still used today.  The football field is vacant and gone to seed as the grass was transplanted to the Plemons field.  Only the old bathrooms and the home bleachers (minus the press box) are still there, though badly dilapidated.  The former Phillips swimming pool facility was filled in with dirt and its surrounding fences removed. Most traces of the residential streets have vanished.  There remains very little visible evidence that a thriving town and community ever existed.

 

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