W. H. Adamson High School

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W. H. Adamson High School
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W. H. Adamson High School is located in Texas
W. H. Adamson High School
W. H. Adamson High School
W. H. Adamson High School is located in the United States
W. H. Adamson High School
W. H. Adamson High School
309 East Ninth Street

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Coordinates32°44′54″N 96°49′13″W / 32.7482°N 96.8204°W / 32.7482; -96.8204Coordinates: 32°44′54″N 96°49′13″W / 32.7482°N 96.8204°W / 32.7482; -96.8204
Former nameOak Cliff High School
School typePublic, high school
MottoAll Together Adamson. Learning Today. Leading Tomorrow.[1]
School districtDallas Independent School District
PrincipalDiana V. Nunez[1]
Faculty89.74 (FTE) (2016-17)[2]
Enrollment1,480 (2016-17)[2]
Student to teacher ratio16.49∶1 (2016-17)[2]
Color(s)     Royal Blue
AthleticsBaseball • Basketball • Cross Country • Football • Golf • Soccer • Softball • Swimming & Diving • Tennis • Track & Field • Volleyball • Wrestling
Athletics conferenceUIL
Trustee dist. 7, Eric Cowan[3]
District  5, Josie Gutierrez[4]
Last updated: February 25, 2019; 8 months ago (2019-02-25)
W.H. Adamson High School
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Former Adamson High School in 2017
W.H. Adamson High School is located in Texas
W.H. Adamson High School
W.H. Adamson High School
W.H. Adamson High School is located in the United States
W.H. Adamson High School
W.H. Adamson High School
Location201 E. 9th St.,
Dallas, Texas
Area9 acres (3.6 ha)
Built1915 (1915)
Built byHolmboe Co., J.J. Fritch, Roland Construction Co.
ArchitectW.B. Ittner; Roscoe DeWitt; M. Lemmon; Gordon, Hefley & Hall
Architectural styleColonial Revival
NRHP reference #11000343[5]
DLMK #H/139
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJune 8, 2011
Designated DLMKJune 8, 2011[6]

William Hardin Adamson High School, formerly Oak Cliff High School, is a public secondary school located in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas, United States. It is part of the Dallas Independent School District and is classified as a 5A school by the UIL. In 2015, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.[7]


Old campus

In 1891 the newly-incorporated Town of Oak Cliff voted to seek bids on a school building. The newspaper reported: “Resolved by the city council of Oak Cliff that the mayor be instructed to advertise for plans for a modern three-story brick school building with brick cross walls [sic] to be erected at Oak Cliff, Texas, to contain twelve rooms for school purposes and the cost of said building, complete, not to exceed the sum of $22,000,…” The cornerstone was laid at the corner of Patton and Tenth streets for the school in September, 1892 under the auspices of the Masonic grand lodge of Texas.{CORNER STONE Of the Oak Cliff Public School Building Laid To-Morrow, September 12, 1892, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 1.}

In 1891 William Hardin Adamson was named superintendent and Oak Cliff Central School operated at that location until a new building was constructed to house the high school in 1915 at the corner of Ninth and Beckley. The old building was then operated as an elementary school until 1926 when it was torn down and the students assigned to John H. Reagan and James Bowie schools and later to the new Ruthmeade School (now John F. Peeler). 201 East Ninth Street has been the site of a Dallas’ high school facility since 1915.(TWO SCHOOLS FACE DISCARD, April 12, 1926, Dallas Daily Times Herald, Sec. I, p. 13, col. 4)

The school is named for William Hardin Adamson, who became superintendent of the Oak Cliff School District shortly after moving to Oak Cliff in 1901. The school district later was annexed by the Dallas Independent School District, and when Oak Cliff High School was constructed, Adamson was named principal of the new school. He served as principal until 1934 and died a year later on 26 May 1935 at age 71. A week later, the school system renamed the school after Adamson.[1]

When Adamson opened it relieved Dallas High School.[8]

The 1924 Oak Cliff High School football team won the state championship, one of only two DISD high schools to win a state football title (Sunset, in 1950 with the now-discontinued "City" championship, is the other).[9]Carter High School was forced to forfeit its 1988 Class AAAAA title.[citation needed]

It was relieved by the 1925 opening of Sunset High School.[10]

Adamson High School was one of six high schools in Dallas in the 1930s and 1940s; the only other high school in Oak Cliff was Sunset High School, which was located about 19 blocks from Adamson High.[citation needed]

The location of Adamson High School is just four blocks from the Texas Theater where Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, was captured.

During the Cold War, Adamson also became a fallout shelter. In the new building, a secret compartment room was added in the art room underground.

Around 2009 DISD planned to raze Adamson. Some Adamson alumni created a movement to have Adamson declared a Dallas landmark so that the district will be unable to raze the existing campus.[11] DISD acquired other property so it can build the new Adamson.[12]

The new Adamson was built on the site of the Oak Cliff Christian Church, which DISD had demolished after preservationists had not found a buyer for the facility. Houses and apartments were also acquired and demolished for the new facility.[13]

On June 8, 2011, the old W. H. Adamson High School building was granted historical status by the Dallas City Council.[14] Additionally in June 2011 the school was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Today there are two buildings. The new building is in use while, as of 2014, the old building is no longer occupied.[15]


The W.H. Adamson Leopards compete in the following sports:[16]


The auditorium of the new main building has 580 seats.

The current, main building has 223,496 square feet (20,763.5 m2) of area. The auditorium of the main building has 580 seats. It has ROTC facilities, including a gun range; a coffee-shop operated by students; child development facilities; and facilities for disabled students.[13]

In 2015 some alumni argued that the old building should be more heavily utilized.[8]

There is also a separate automotive technology building.[13]


As of 2008 Adamson had almost 1,240 students, with about 80% being from low income families and 94% being Hispanic and Latino.[17] As of that year many of the students learned English as a second language, and the largest group of students who were not U.S. born originated from Ocampo, Guanajuato.[18] That year the head ESL teacher, Marcia Niemann, stated that some students in the ESL program take jobs outside of school to finance family members in Mexico and the U.S., and that most parents of ESL students had educations below the equivalent of the 9th grade.[19]

As of 2008 the school had 85 teachers, including 16 who were bilingual.[19] That year the school had four full-time ESL teachers, four bilingual ESL teaching assistants, and two non-bilingual ESL teaching assistants.[18]

Feeder patterns[edit]


Starting at the beginning of the 2007–2008 school year, only Hector Garcia Middle School will feed into Adamson High School.[20]

Felix Botello, James Bowie, James S. Hogg, John F. Peeler, and John H. Reagan Elementary Schools will all feed into Garcia Middle School, and ultimately into Adamson High School.[20]

Due to the number of recent immigrants from Ocampo, Guanajuato, Macarena Hernández and Gary Jacobson of The Dallas Morning News stated in 2008 that the elementary and middle schools of Ocampo are "in effect, feeder schools for Adamson High School in Oak Cliff."[21]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "W. H. Adamson High School General Information". Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Search for Public Schools - W H ADAMSON H S (481623001206)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  3. ^ Dallas ISD - Schools by Trustee. Retrieved on 3 February 2010.
  4. ^ Dallas ISD - Division 5 Schools. Retrieved on 13 August 2013.
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013.
  6. ^ Thomas P. Perkins, Jr. (June 8, 2011). "Ordinance No. 28233" (PDF). City of Dallas. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  7. ^ "2015 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency.
  8. ^ a b Appleton, Roy. "Reunion parade will push effort to revive the old Adamson High ." The Dallas Morning News. April 24, 2016. Retrieved on June 16, 2016.
  9. ^ Dave Campbell's Texas Football, 2008 edition, page 362
  10. ^ Elliott, Alan C., Patricia K. Summey, and Gayla Brooks Kokel. Oak Cliff. Arcadia Publishing, 2009. ISBN 0738570680, 9780738570686. p. 39.
  11. ^ Wilonsky, Robert. "Adamson Alumni Gathering for Last-Minute Appeal to Dallas ISD Trustees Tomorrow Night." Dallas Observer. Wednesday September 23, 2009. Retrieved on September 23, 2009.
  12. ^ Wilonsky, Robert. "In Oak Cliff Neighborhood, the Complex Negotiations Behind New Adamson High." Dallas Observer. January 15, 2010. Retrieved on January 15, 2010.
  13. ^ a b c Appleton, Roy (2012-07-08). "New Adamson High School brings big change of scene to north Oak Cliff". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2016-07-15. - Updated July 9, 2012.
  14. ^ [1] Archived 2011-07-02 at the Wayback Machine City Council protects Adamson High School with landmark designation
  15. ^ Treviño, Julissa (2015-04-30). "Faculty, students and alumni look back on long history of Adamson High School". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2017-12-24.
  16. ^ The Athletics Department
  17. ^ Hernández, Macarena; Gary Jacobson (2008-06-10). "Immigrant Students: Adamson High Principal Rawly Sanchez takes a personal stake in kids' success". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on 2009-11-25. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  18. ^ a b Hernández, Macarena; Gary Jacobson (2008-06-07). "Immigrant Students: New arrivals face a hard road to finish high school". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  19. ^ a b Hernández, Macarena; Gary Jacobson (2008-06-08). "Backgrounds play big role in new immigrants' success in U.S. classrooms". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on 2009-07-27. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  20. ^ a b Dallas ISD - 2007 School Feeder Patterns Archived May 31, 2007, at the Wayback Machine - W. H. Adamson High School Archived 2008-05-17 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 25 April 2007.
  21. ^ Hernández, Macarena; Gary Jacobson (2008-06-09). "Education a challenge in small Mexican community with strong ties to Dallas". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  22. ^ Cabell, Charles Pearre, The Handbook of Texas Online
  23. ^ "Restrained Power", TIME Magazine, August 4, 1958
  24. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/text/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/2013-14/misc_non_event/BB2014MediaSupplement.pdf (p. 167)

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