Achille, Oklahoma

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Achille is a town in Bryan County, Oklahoma, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 506.

The town's name comes from a Cherokee word, "atsila", meaning fire.[3]

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History

The area that would become Achille was originally part of the Chickasaw Nation in Indian Territory. The Bloomfield Academy for Chickasaw girls was located three miles southeast of present-day Achille in 1853.[3] Cherokee refugees located to the area during the American Civil War and called it "atsila" meaning fire.[3]

The Missouri, Oklahoma and Gulf Railroad built a line that crossed the region in 1908 and a post office was established in the community in 1910.[3] The community grew from an estimated population of 50 to 500 in 1920.[3] The town's population had declined to 294 in 1960 and reached a peak number of 506 in 2000.[3]

Geography

Achille is located in southern Bryan County, Oklahoma, 12 miles south of Durant at 33°50′5″N 96°23′25″W / 33.83472°N 96.39028°W / 33.83472; -96.39028 (33.834640, -96.390185)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²), all of it land.

Schools

Achille served by the Achille Independent School District and is home to three schools, the Yuba Elementary School, the Achille Elementary School, and Achille High School. The Golden Eagles of Achille High School participate in the Bryan County Conference. The current superintendent of the district is Rick Beene, following the resignation of Dr. Charles Caughern Jr on September 30, 2010.

Achille High School students scored poorly in math on the Oklahoma end-of-instruction tests, with only 27 percent scoring satisfactory or above in Algebra II compared to the state's 52 percent average.[5] On the other hand, 94 percent of the school's students tested satisfactory or above in English III.[5], well above the state average.

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