Dixie Schoolhouse

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Dixie Schoolhouse
Dixie Schoolhouse 2255 Las Gallinas Ave San Rafael CA 3-21-2010 5-15-53 PM.JPG
Dixie Schoolhouse is located in California
Dixie Schoolhouse
Dixie Schoolhouse is located in the US
Dixie Schoolhouse
Location 2255 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael, California
Coordinates 38°1′45.65″N 122°32′46.29″W / 38.0293472°N 122.5461917°W / 38.0293472; -122.5461917Coordinates: 38°1′45.65″N 122°32′46.29″W / 38.0293472°N 122.5461917°W / 38.0293472; -122.5461917
Built 1864
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Italianate
NRHP Reference # 72000236
Added to NRHP December 26, 1972

The Dixie Schoolhouse is a historic one-room schoolhouse located in San Rafael, Marin County, Northern California. It was built in 1864, in the Victorian Italianate style.


The school was the project of Irish immigrant and Marin pioneer James Miller. The school was named "Dixie" as a dare to Miller by some builders from the American South.[1] The school was in use for classes from 1864 until 1958.[2] The Dixie School District gets its name from this first school.

In June 1971,[3] the schoolhouse was moved to its current location, at 2255 Las Gallinas Avenue near Miller Creek Middle School, also in San Rafael. It was restored and renovated prior to being listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.[2]


The school is currently preserved by the Old Dixie School Foundation, and is open to the public for visits on the first Sunday of every month from 2-4 P.M.[4]

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  1. ^ Graham, Jerry and Catherine, "Old Dixie Schoolhouse", Jerry Graham's more Bay Area backroads, Perennial Library, 1990, p. 14
  2. ^ a b Roberts, George and Jan, Discover historic California: a travel guide to over 1,800 places you can see, p 46
  3. ^ "Old Schoolhouse starts new life", Marin Independent Journal, June 1971
  4. ^ Berg, Sheila, "A Treasure in your Midst? Archived October 3, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.", New Valley Vibration, Lucas Valley Homeowners Association, November 2009, No. 436