e Zavala had three sites and two names prior to its present incarnation which began in December 1951 at 2311 San Luis. The campus opened in 1878 and originally was the Third Ward School. It became School #3 after 1886. Since the campus was at the southwest corner of Avenue E and Fourth streets it eventually was called the Avenue E School.
In May 1902 the campus became De Zavala in compliance with SAISD practice that elementary schools be named for Texas patriots. In 1903 the school was moved to 305 Austin and Eighth streets. In 1934 De Zavala moved into six frame buildings at 2418 Durango Blvd. donated by the Peacock Military Academy. The playground was called the Alamo Park, or, in jest, the Alamo. That lot was sold when the SAISD acquired the site of the present De Zavala.
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