Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy
- Grade Levels: 9 - 12
- Classrooms: 24
- Student Capacity: 400
- Building Size: 111,000 sq. ft.
- Environmentally Sustainable School
In addition to standard academic classrooms, facility will include:
- Multiple indoor/outdoor common spaces designed for dual-use
- An activity field
- Wireless internet access within and surrounding the campus grounds
School Dedication Ceremony
- Saturday, October 8 at 10 am
- 1700 E. Camp Wisdom Road, Dallas, TX 75241
Biography of Kathlyn Joy Christian GIlliam
Kathlyn Joy Christian Gilliam, a trailblazer who repeatedly broke racial barriers, has dedicated her public service career to ensuring that all Dallas students, regardless of ethnicity, received an equitable education. Following her passion, Gilliam served as the first African-American woman elected to the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees and the first African-American elected Board President.
Born in Campbell, Texas, Gilliam’s family relocated to Dallas where she graduated from Lincoln High School in 1948. She continued her education at the Southwest School of Business, Dallas County Community College and Southern Methodist University. Gilliam’s mother, Lucille Donaldson Christian, advocated for human rights and inspired Gilliam to channel her enthusiasm toward public advocacy.
Gilliam joined and was eventually elected President of the Dallas Council of the Colored Parents and Teachers, an organization that existed in 19 southern states and the District of Colombia to accommodate the segregated system that existed at the time. Gilliam continued her education support once segregation ended.
During Gilliam’s 23 years on the Dallas ISD school board, she insisted on greater ethnic minority representation throughout the district, adopted an affirmative action plan that increased the number of ethnic minority teachers and played a pivotal role in developing several Learning Centers. Additionally, she assisted in hiring four Dallas ISD Superintendents, including the district’s first African-American superintendent.
An active volunteer, Gilliam mentors high school girls, young mothers and business and professional women throughout the City of Dallas. She has received an impressive number of awards from local, state and national entities, including the National Council of Negro Women’s Education Award and the Freedom Journal Humanitarian Award from Lincoln High School. She has been inducted into the Texas Black Women’s Hall of Fame and the African-American Educator’s Hall of Fame.