Lakewood, Dallas

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The Lakewood Theater opened in 1938 with "Love Finds Andy Hardy"

Lakewood is a neighborhood in East Dallas, Texas (USA). It is adjacent to White Rock Lake.

About[edit]

Lakewood boasts the historic Lakewood Theater, which used to show classic films and host contemporary musical and comedy events. It is currently closed awaiting a firm plan for future use, but its iconic neon sign burns bright and it still serves as the anchor for the neighborhood and shopping area. The Lakewood shopping area is an entire neighborhood of diverse restaurants and shopping venues. Nearby the popular Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens has an extensive children's adventure garden housed within its 66 acres . Both overlook beautiful White Rock Lake.

One of the year's highlights is the charming Lakewood Fourth of July Parade and Celebration.http://www.lakewoodparade.com/.[1] It reflects the small-time feel in the middle of the city that Lakewood is so well known for. The 2016 theme is Lakewood Dreams Big: in Red, White and Blue.

Each fall, the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for Lakewood Elementary with its Fall Home Festival and Tour. Lakewood Elementary is highly rated and is one of the major attractions of the neighborhood for residents.

Lakewood is also home to Lakewood Country Club. Built in 1912, Lakewood Country Club’s three-story clubhouse overlooked a woodland that rolled and tumbled pleasantly over this fast growing East Dallas neighborhood. The Club’s founding fathers knew that the land at the corner of Gaston and Abrams would be a perfect spot for Dallas’ second 18-hole golf course.

History[edit]

Lakewood Boulevard includes many 1920s and 1930s mansions and estates. Most are in the Tudor styles by Dines and Kraft or Mediterranean-Hollywood styles by Clifford Hutsell. This is the former home of the "Mayor of Lakewood" Jim Young and "First Lady" Barbara Young.

Lakewood proper is surrounded by a collection of other historically significant neighborhoods, generally developed from the early 20th century to the 1950s, including Lakewood Heights, Junius Heights Historic District (Bungalow Heaven), Parks Estates, North Stonewall Terrace, Caruth Terrace, Wilshire Heights, Mockingbird Heights, Mockingbird Meadows, The Gated Cloisters, Hillside, Lakewood Hills (formerly Gastonwood-Coronado Hills), Hollywood Heights, and Belmont; among others. Commonly, people outside these neighborhoods group them together under the heading of Lakewood, The M-Streets, or Old East Dallas - which are overlapping regions in the near-eastern part of the city. Historic Swiss Avenue (Mansion Row) anchors the area towards Downtown.

Currently, there are a large number of Historic and Conservation Districts reflecting prodigious numbers of Craftsman, Prairie-Four Squares, Tudors, Spanish and Mediterranean Eclectic and Early Ranch homes, many of native Austin stone. The homes range from two-bedroom bungalows to massive estates on acreage. There are also duplexes, four-plexes and very small apartment complexes.

Some of the older, smaller homes are being torn down in favor of much larger, more expensive homes as this lovely enclave in the heart of the city grows in popularity.

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Government and infrastructure[edit]

The United States Postal Service operates the Lakewood Post Office at 6120 Swiss Avenue.[3]

Education[edit]

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Public schools (DISD)[edit]

The Dallas Independent School District serves the Lakewood area. The area is within Trustee District 2[4] In 2008 Jack Lowe represented the district.[5] The current representative is Mike Morath. Besides his business and university accolades, he was an International Baccalaureate Diploma graduate in another city. The Lakewood area schools are implementing IB.

Public schools serving the Lakewood subdivision include Lakewood Elementary School (K-5), William Lipscomb Elementary [1], J.L. Long Middle School (6-8), and IB World School Woodrow Wilson High School (9-12).[6][7][8][9] Lakewood Elementary, J. L. Long Middle School and Woodrow Wilson High School all received the top rating and met standard from the Texas Education Agency for 2014. Lakewood had four areas of distinction, J. L. Long three and Woodrow Wilson four.[10]

In 2012 Eric Nicholson of the Dallas Observer stated that Lakewood Elementary had "superb" academics, citing its regular appearance as an exemplary-ranked school by the Texas Education Agency and how its test scores were far superior to DISD and state averages.[11] That year parents were raising $15 million for expanding Lakewood, wanting to replace its older facility and the portable buildings that housed over half of Lakewood Elementary's students.[11]

Woodrow Wilson High School is the first in Dallas to begin offering Pre-International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme classes for 2010-11 Freshmen. It was one of four IB candidate schools in Texas. After a successful site visit by International Baccalaureate Organization in November 2010 the school was accredited as an official IB World School by the Geneva, Switzerland headquarters in March 2011.[12] In 2014, it graduated its first IB Diploma class.

One of the many charming floats in the Lakewood 4th of July Parade. Photo credit: Margaret Bonner

J. L. Long Middle School was certified as a candidate school for International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme in May 2011. It was fully accredited in 2014, uses IB curriculum and teaches Mandarin Chinese, in addition to three other languages.[13] Less than two dozen public middle schools in Texas are official IB schools.[14]

Gallery of public schools[edit]

http://www.dallasisd.org/domain/546

Private schools[edit]

Preschool programs[edit]

Lakewood Early Childhood PTA serves the area.

Public libraries[edit]

The Dallas Public Library Lakewood Branch is located at 6121 Worth Street, 75214.

Postal services[edit]

The United States Postal Service operates the Lakewood Post Office at 6120 Swiss Avenue, 75214-9998.

Popular Events[edit]

Entertainment[edit]

The Shakespeare Festival of Dallas debuted in 1972 in the Bandshell at Fair Park before moving to its current home at Samuell Grand Amphitheatre — appropriately in Samuell Grand Park — in 1989.

Media[edit]

Advocate Magazines is the local magazine that covers a variety of neighborhood topics and has served the community since 1991.

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lakewood Parade". Lakewood 4th of July. Lakewood 4th of July Parade Committee. 
  2. ^ http://www.lakewoodneighborhood.org/resources/country-club-study.pdf
  3. ^ "Post Office Location - LAKEWOOD." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on December 4, 2008.
  4. ^ "Trustee District 2 with School Locations." Dallas Independent School District. Retrieved on November 24, 2008.
  5. ^ "Board of Trustees." Dallas Independent School District. Retrieved on November 24, 2008.
  6. ^ "About the Lakewood Neighborhood Association." Lakewood Neighborhood Association. Accessed September 6, 2008.
  7. ^ "Lakewood Elementary Attendance Zone." Dallas Independent School District. Accessed September 6, 2008.
  8. ^ "J. L. Long Elementary Attendance Zone." Dallas Independent School District. Accessed September 6, 2008.
  9. ^ "Woodrow Wilson High School Attendance Zone." Dallas Independent School District. Accessed September 6, 2008.
  10. ^ http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/2014/statelist.pdf
  11. ^ a b "Sick of Waiting on DISD, Lakewood Elementary Parents Are Raising $15 Million for Expansion." Dallas Observer. Tuesday July 2, 2013. Retrieved on June 13, 2016.
  12. ^ http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kera/news.newsmain/article/0/1/1691749/North.Texas/New.Program.For.Woodrow.Wilson.Freshmen,
  13. ^ http://lakewood.advocatemag.com/2011/06/jl-long-accepted-as-international-baccalaureate-candidate/
  14. ^ http://www.texasibschools.org/members/list.cfm
  15. ^ Carlisle, Candace. "Herbert Marcus' former Lakewood home sells for $2.6M." Dallas Business Journal. Friday September 28, 2010. Retrieved on September 30, 2012.

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Coordinates: 32°50′04″N 96°44′34″W / 32.8345°N 96.7428°W / 32.8345; -96.7428