Lyndon B Johnson Enrolls in Southwest Texas State
In 1926, Johnson enrolled in Southwest Texas State Teachers' College (now Texas State University-San Marcos). He worked his way through school, participated in debate and campus politics, edited the school newspaper, dropped out of school in 1927 and returned one year later, graduating in 1930. The college years refined his skills of persuasion and political organization. In 1927 Johnson taught mostly Mexican children at the Welhausen School in Cotulla, some ninety miles south of San Antonio in La Salle County. In 1930 he taught in Pearsall High School in Pearsall, Texas and afterwards took a position as teacher of public speaking at Sam Houston High School in Houston. When he returned to San Marcos in 1965, after having signed the Higher Education Act of 1965, Johnson looked back:
"I shall never forget the faces of the boys and the girls in that little Welhausen Mexican School, and I remember even yet the pain of realizing and knowing then that college was closed to practically every one of those children because they were too poor. And I think it was then that I made up my mind that this nation could never rest while the door to knowledge remained closed to any American."
By 1927, Johnson had grown tired of this type of life and enrolled in Southwest Texas State Teachers College. He graduated in 1930.
Upon graduating from college, Johnson spent two years teaching school, before he embarked on a political career in 1932.
After a trip to California with some friends when he finished high school, he yielded to his mother's nagging advice to seek more education. He enrolled in Southwest Texas State Teachers College at San Marcos, from which he was graduated in 1930. To support himself, he had interrupted his studies to take a teaching job at a "Mexican" school in Cotulla, Texas. One day, voting analysts would credit Johnson's close ties with the Mexican-American community with helping to put Texas in the Kennedy-Johnson column in the election of 1960. Johnson also taught briefly in Pearsall and Houston, where he won acclaim training students in public speaking and debating.
In March of 1927, Lyndon Johnson enrolled as a freshman at Southwest Texas State Teachers College (what is now Texas State University-San Marcos). Johnson majored in history and was active in various clubs and organizations, including the Harris-Blair Literary Society, the Schoolmaster's Club, and the Press Club. He was also a member of the debate team, wrote editorials for the College Star , and helped establish a secret college political organization called the Alpha & Omega (better known as the White Stars) in 1928. At that time the Black Stars, comprising mostly athletes, ran student politics, were given various social privileges, and controlled allocated funds for activities; but with the campaigning and organizational talents of Lyndon Johnson, the White Stars elected some of their members to the student council and other important student government positions, and were able to divert funds for intellectual and cultural activities. It was during his college years that Lyndon Johnson first learned parliamentary procedures, formulated and expressed his political belief, and practiced his skills at persuading others face-to-face.