Prior to the opening of the Vocational-Technical Center in 1965, vocational training was primarily in Agriculture, Home Economics, and Trades and Industrial Education in the three high schools in the Mid-Del School district. It became evident that it would be impossible and too expensive to duplicate classrooms of a vocational and technical nature at each high school site; therefore, the idea to build a vocational-technical center located geographically in the center of the district to serve all three high schools was developed and became a reality. Students would attend at least one hour at their high school and three hours at the Center.
The Vocational-Technical Center, 1621 Maple Drive, Midwest City, Oklahoma, was built in 1965 and opened at the beginning of the 1965-66 school term with nine classes. They were: Auto body, Aircraft Engines, Electronics Service and Communications, Printing, Upholstery, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, and three classes of Auto Mechanics. The enrollment for this first term was a total of 315 students.
The Center was enlarged with the beginning of the 1966-67 school year by the consolidation of the Cosmetology Departments and their relocation from the separate high schools. At the same time other vocational-technical programs were added. In the following years, the need for more vocational education in Midwest City and Del City made it necessary to expand from the initial nine programs to twenty-three course offerings, with enrollment figures for the 1980-81 school term of 846.
The first school term opened under the direction of Mr. Basil H. Jones, and remained so until the summer of 1977. In the fall of 1975, the east wing of the building was completed, and shops that were temporarily housed in barracks buildings were moved into permanent facilities.
Mr. Jack C. Kale was appointed as director with the beginning of the 1977-78 school year, and at that time the Center became a designated Area Vocational-Technical School. As an Area School, enrollment, which was previously limited to in-district high school students, was now possible for post-secondary, out-of-district, and adult students on a tuition basis. During the 1978-79 school term the Health Occupations Building was completed and the Practical Nursing Division, Health Careers, and Fashion Design programs were moved into this more modern facility. Prior to that time the Practical Nursing and Health Careers were located at the Midwest City High School site and Fashion Design occupied a barracks building on our campus.
In October 1980, a Bond election approved an additional building for the School. This would provide a metal classroom building to house Child Care, Cosmetology, and Adult Education then occupying wooden structures. The construction was similar to the existing Health Occupations Facility.
Mid-Del AVTS continued to be a designated area vo-tech school, because then Oscar Rose Jr. College was voted by the patrons to be the area vo-tech district.
On July 1, 1986, John Matlock was appointed director of Mid-Del Area Vo-Tech. In the spring of 1987, the Mid-Del Board of Education officially changed the name of the school to Mid-Del Lewis Eubanks Area Vo-Tech, after then retiring Superintendent Dr. Lewis Eubanks. Also that spring, Rose State College and Mid-Del Lewis Eubanks Area Vo-Tech signed a cooperative agreement allowing, for the first time, the use of vocational operational millage to be spent on vocational programs at the vo-tech. In the spring of 1991, the incentive millage was voted for the first time and that money was also split on agreement.
New legislation was passed enabling vocational districts to vote their incentive levies permanent in 1994. The voters approved the levy and both the operation and incentive are now permanent. In the spring of 1994, the building fund levy was voted for the first time and passed. This too, is divided between Rose State College and Mid-Del AVT