James Madison High School (Dallas)

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James Madison High School
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3000 Martin L. King Jr. Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75215
Type Public, Secondary
Established 1916
School district Dallas Independent School District
Principal Gayle Smith[1]
Grades 9-12
Number of students 451[2]
Color(s) Green and Gold[3]          
Mascot Trojans
Trustee, District  Bernadette Nutall, 9[4]
Area South Dallas/Fair Park

James Madison High School, formerly Forest Avenue High School, is a public secondary school located at 3000 Martin L. King Jr. Boulevard in Dallas, Texas (USA). Madison High School enrolls students in grades 9-12 and is a part of the Dallas Independent School District.

The school is a Dallas Landmark which serves much of Downtown Dallas and Cedars.


The original Forest Avenue High School was constructed in 1916 in the style of Italian Renaissance architecture, in what were then fast-growing suburban areas of Dallas. The building is on the United States National Register of Historic Places on the basis of its architecture as well as its importance in the growing South Dallas community over the period ending with the close of World War II in 1945.[5] In 1951 a junior high annex for grades eight and nine was constructed at the south end of the building. Beginning in the late 1940s, the demographics of the surrounding community shifted as large numbers of African-Americans moved into the area.

On June 14, 1956, the Dallas Board of Education announced that Forest Avenue High School would have its attendance zone redrawn to relieve overcrowding at the two existing "Negro schools," Booker T. Washington High School and Lincoln High School. In keeping with its existing policy on racial segregation, the school would be reassigned as a school for black students and the current white student body would attend Crozier Tech High School.[6] The following day, the front page of The Dallas Morning News reported the criticism of the Texas Field Secretary of the NAACP, Edgar Washington, Jr., of the district's decision to turn over the school rather than to integrate.[7] The paper also ran an editorial in the same day's paper applauding the school system for providing black students with an excellent facility while not violating state law by integrating the school.[8] One week later, the paper reported a petition by "the Dad's Club [sic] and Parent-Teacher Association" of the school — with signatures from the student body — to request that the school's name, colors (green and white), and emblem (lion) be retired, with the colors and emblem remaining available to any future whites-only school that might request to use them. The principal announced at that same meeting that all Forest Avenue trophies and other memorabilia were to be transferred to Crozier Tech.[9] The school reopened that fall as James Madison High School, though the district's faculty and staff had been prepared for possible repetition of the 1955 attempts of 24 Black students to enroll in five White schools.[10]


The attendance rate for students at the school is 93%, compared with the state average of 96%. 12% enroll in special education, 13% enroll in gifted and talent programs, and 4% are considered "limited English proficient."[11]

The ethnic makeup of the school is 83% African American, 16% Hispanic, 1% White American, non-Hispanic, and less than 1% other races [11]

Notable Alumni[edit]

As Forest Avenue High School:

As James Madison High School:


  1. ^ Dallas ISD - James Madison High School. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  2. ^ School Profile" Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  3. ^ Dallas ISD - Lincoln High School. Retrieved 7 January 2007.
  4. ^ Dallas ISD - Trustee by District. (PDF). Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  5. ^ Reference No. 95000318, Old Forest Avenue High School (requires search), listing in National Register of Historic Places, certified March 23, 1995
  6. ^ Sue Connally. "Forest assigned to Negro pupils: District added to Crozier's," The Dallas Morning News, June 14, 1956, section 1, pages 1 and 9. Note: At that time, "district" was used in Dallas to refer to the attendance zone of a specific school, rather than the system as a whole.
  7. ^ Sue Connally. "Leader raps Forest switch," The Dallas Morning News, June 15, 1956, section 1, pages 1–2.
  8. ^ "Course is set by school board," The Dallas Morning News, June 15, 1956, section 3, page 2.
  9. ^ "Bid to retire name, colors, emblem made," The Dallas Morning News, June 22, 1956, section 1, page 1.
  10. ^ "Dallas schools enroll 17,000 on first day," The Dallas Morning News, September 5, 1956, section 3, pages 1,15.
  11. ^ a b [1]. Retrieved 14 February 2014.

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Coordinates: 32°46′16″N 96°45′54″W / 32.771240°N 96.764878°W / 32.771240; -96.764878