Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy

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Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy
Location
1700 East Camp Wisdom
Dallas, Texas 75241
United States
Coordinates 32°39′46″N 96°47′42″W / 32.662758°N 96.794900°W / 32.662758; -96.794900Coordinates: 32°39′46″N 96°47′42″W / 32.662758°N 96.794900°W / 32.662758; -96.794900
Information
Type Public high school
Principal Lakeiah Cheatham
Faculty 19
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 364 (2014-2015)
Website

Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy is an advanced high school focusing on college readiness and is located on the grounds of the University of North Texas at Dallas in southern Dallas, Texas. It is a part of the Dallas Independent School District.

The school was named after Kathlyn Joy Gilliam, the first African-American woman who served on the Dallas ISD school board and the first African-American to serve as the president of the Dallas ISD board.[1]

Prior to relocating to its current building, Gilliam was housed in the Nolan Estes Plaza.[2] Construction of the current campus began in June 2010.[3] The current campus opened in the fall of 2011.[1]

Architecture[edit]

The $21.5 million facility[1] is located on the northeastern edge of the University of North Texas at Dallas campus.[3] The 111,000-square-foot (10,300 m2) campus can hold up to 400 students. The architect was SHW Group.[4]

The main building houses an atrium, which includes a commons, a dining area, and the "perch," an elevated area that consists of European cement-board panels. 25 classrooms are located on the north side of the campus atrium. The skyline of Dallas is visible from the classroom windows.[3]

The campus has a wireless building that includes two computer labs, a combined lecture hall and theater, an amphitheater, and the "Go Center," a resource center manned by UNT Dallas students that exists to assist Gilliam students with college and university applications and scholarship applications.[3]

The ceiling, in an undulating shape, is metal. The campus has a stage wall that opens to allow viewing from an outdoor amphitheater. The bathrooms include Italian marble.[3]

Kathlyn Gilliam, the namesake of the school, reviewed the architectural plans.[5]

The previous campus was at Nolan Estes Plaza, on Interstate 35 East. The previous campus had few windows and many staircases.[3]

Principal Smith will be moving to Madison High School for the 2013-2014 school year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "DALLAS ISD BREAKS GROUND FOR KATHLYN JOY GILLIAM COLLEGIATE ACADEMY." Dallas Independent School District. April 23, 2011. Retrieved on September 6, 2011. ""
  2. ^ Heinz, Frank. "New School Year Brings A Lot of Changes." NBC DFW. Monday August 22, 2011. Retrieved on September 6, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy in Southern Dallas a ‘cornerstone project’ for DISD." Dallas South News. June 23, 2011. Retrieved on September 6, 2011.
  4. ^ "Bond at Work Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy | New Schools." Dallas Independent School District. Retrieved on September 6, 2011.
  5. ^ "Dallas ISD unveils plans for Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy." North Dallas Gazette. Thursday February 25, 2011. Retrieved on September 6, 2011.

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