The King High Historical Foundation was formed in 2008 to implement the authentic rehabilitation of the 1909 H.M. King School. On December 3, 2009, the Kingsville Independent School District (KISD) agreed to deed the building to the Foundation for purposes of saving this historic and architecturally significant edifice. Mrs. Helen Kleberg Groves donated $1 million to initiate the rehabilitation of the building, and David D. Brown, A.I.A. of Corpus Christi, whose firm had conducted the feasibility study confirming that the building could be saved, was selected as the architect.
Mayor Sam Fugate, who served as a trustee for KISD for 9 years before becoming mayor, spearheaded the idea of saving the 1909 H.M. King High School and using it as a new City Hall. He spoke at the KISD board meeting in 2005 and encouraged the trustees to take action to deed the building to the Foundation.
The City of Kingsville has pledged $1.1 million to help with the task, with an additional $900,000 a very good possibility. In early 2011, Mrs. Annette Peterson was asked to lead the local three year campaign to raise over the additional $3 million dollars needed to complete the project. The total cost of rehabilitation is approximately $6 million. To assist her, Mrs. Peterson formed a group of local volunteers to serve on a new fund-raising committee.
Graduates and many supporters feel that the rehabilitation of the 1909 H.M King High School can become a reality with donation from people who treasure this unique building. The King High Historical Foundation is a tax exempt 501 C 3 organization.
1909 HM King High Rehabilitation Project