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A Timeline

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John & Charles Wesley start a society at Oxford to help young men live Christian lives. Pejoratively called the “Holy Club,” the epithet “Methodist” is first applied to its members.


Preaching of first Methodist sermon in Texas, violating the law of Mexico.


Cornerstone of Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church (MECS) laid at corner of Texas & Stanton Streets in El Paso.


Lydia Patterson dies.

1910 - 1920

Mexican Revolution disrupts Protestant missionary work in Mexico, sending missionaries & refugees to El Paso.


Millard Patterson funds Lydia Patterson Institute (LPI) for “the education and religious training of boys & young men” in memory of his wife at Third & Florence Streets in El Paso. School donated to the MECS.

Millard Patterson, 1919. Photograph courtesy of Adair Margo.


LPI has 140 students ranging from ages from five to twenty-five.

Mexican branch of the YMCA started in the basement.


Centenary of MECS mission work. Money raised for four-story Mitchell annex on Third & Campbell Streets across the alley from LPI.

Effie Edington moves to two-story building at 1215-23 East San Antonio Street & becomes girls boarding school.

First graduating class of LPI.

First basketball team organized at LPI.

Theological department organized at LPI.

La Lydia, 1919. Photograph courtesy of Adair Margo.


LPI annex established in basement of El Divino Salvador Methodist Church in Ciudad Juàrez (until 1925).

Boys in Lydia Patterson Institute, 1928, Photograph, December 3, 1928; digital image, ( : accessed August 19, 2013), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Clark Hotel Museum, Van Horn, Texas.


Mexican government closes all schools conducted in religious buildings.


Great Depression forces curtailment of LPI offerings & closure of industrial shops in Mitchell Annex. Only missionary faculty remain at LPI.


First graduating class to wear cap & gown for LPI commencement.


LPI celebrates 25th anniversary. 150 students enrolled, grades four to high school. 9 teachers.

First yearbook from Lydia Patterson Institute, 1942. Photograph courtesy of Adair Margo.


Articles of Incorporation drawn up, Charter executed and filed in Office of Secretary of State, Austin, Texas on January 16, 1950, placing LPI under own board of managers, comprised of minister & layman from each of the Conferences within the South-Central Jurisdiction.


Enrollment of 613 (17% El Paso & Ysleta; 18% US; 65% from five other countries).


LPI marks 50th year. Total enrollment 787: Special English, 170; Junior High, 59; Commercial, 170; High School, 238; Ministerial, 43; Night Classes, 107. 35% of graduates attend colleges or universities.


Groundbreaking on $ 650,000 new building.

Boy’s dormitory facilities discontinued.

Inauguration of new El Mesias Church.

Razing of Mitchell Annex and construction of $ 175,000 gymnasium.


Coach Don Haskins Challenge of March 20, 1987 Basketball game between ex-Pattersonians & ex-UTEP grads. Standing-room-only $ 1600. fundraiser


Boys soccer program started with all boys and one girl


LPI students go on uniform with white shirt and blue skirts and pants


LPI marks 85th anniversary with Laura Bush, First Lady of Texas, speaking. Three hundred students, 80% from Ciudad Juàrez. Tuition is $ 160 a month, including two meals daily.

Leona and Fred Baker Scholarship established


Close of Endowment campaign with $2.2 Million reached

Proprties Purchased at

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First time College of Bishops meets at LPI

LPI goes into closed campus

Singer Vickki Carr visits LPI


Boys Soccer Team wins State Championship

Coach Gerardo Yuen chose District Coach of the Year


LPI marks 100th anniversary.

Ms. Cristina Woo nominated Texan of the Year


Celebration of the Lydia Patterson Historical Site

First yearbook from Lydia Patterson Institute, 1942. Photograph courtesy of Adair Margo.

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