New Adamson High Schools Opens, August 27
The new facility has a capacity for approximately 1,300 students
DALLAS–The new W. H. Adamson High School will open its doors on Monday, August 27, first day of school. As part of the 2008 Bond Program, the new 223,496-square-foot building will house approximately 1,300 students.
“It is very exciting to see the new Adamson High School opening, said Principal Evangelina Kircher. “It is a pride to offer such state-of-the art facility to our students and staff. We are very grateful to everyone who made this possible – the architects, contractors, district administrators, parents, community members, and alumni, but especially Dallas voters for their support.”
The three-story W.H. Adamson, 309 East Ninth Street, will replace the current high school, first built in 1892 and rebuilt in 1915. The new facility features 81 classrooms, including eight science labs and 11 career education classrooms. It also includes softball and baseball fields, a soccer/football practice field, tennis courts, and a basketball court within the 20.73 acre site.
The new school incorporates several environmentally-friendly features, such as a geothermal heating/air conditioning system, a heat-absorbing “cool” roof, and facilities for recycling. These measures will result in a 35 percent reduction in water consumption and 15 percent improvement in energy efficiency.
The school is named after William Harden Adamson, known as “the grand old man of the Dallas public school system” in his day. He served as principal of Oak Cliff High School when Dallas ISD began serving Oak Cliff. Four days after his death in 1935, the school was renamed in his honor.
“The new Adamson High School will continue to carry the legacy of its honoree with much dedication and pride,” said Principal Kircher.
Corgan & Associates served as the project’s architect team, Jacobs is the program manager and Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Inc. is the general contractor.
The school will host an open house on Sunday, August 26, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Trustee Eric Cowan, District 7, and Superintendent Mike Miles are expected to attend. Refreshments will be provided by the alumni association.
Its dedication is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m.
Dallas ISD urges students to attend school starting with the first day Monday, August 27.