W.H. Adamson High School (Replacement)
- Grade Levels: 9 - 12
- Classrooms: 46 Core - including 3 ESL and 8 Science classrooms
- Student Capacity: 1,500
- Building Size: 223,496 sq. ft.
- Environmentally Sustainable School
- Improves energy performance through Geothermal HVAC system.
- 35% reduction in water consumption.
- Permanent educational display on the school site describing the high performance features that are part of the school design.
- Improves the Energy efficiency level by 15% better as compared to IECC 2006
- Exterior sunshade devices block west sun to minimize heat gain.
- Facilitates the separation and collection of material for recycling.
- Low heat-absorbing “cool” roof.
Unique Design Features:
- The proposed school consists of the construction of a new 223,496sf, three-story high school.
- A public entry plaza at the center of the site leads to a private student plaza on the north by a large volume circulation spine through the building.
- School planning responds naturally to the site’s climate and topography. North facing public spaces such as the library, cafeteria and art classrooms take advantage of indirect north light for optimal day lighting and to minimize cooling demand.
- The facility is organized to support community activities after hours. It is zoned to allow public access to the gymnasium and performing arts areas.
Site Special Features:
- Dramatic elevation changes allow for a secure first floor student plaza, elevated above the street for dramatic views of downtown Dallas and the Trinity River bridges.
- A compact site design will provide strong connections between the Auto Technology Building, Youth & Family Clinic, Ninth Grade Center, and athletic fields.
- The campus will contain softball and baseball fields, a soccer / football practice field, tennis courts and basketball hard court.
Biography of Biography of William Hardin Adamson
William Harden Adamson, dubbed the “Grand Old Man of the Dallas public school system,” took part in football huddles at high school games, championed improved facilities and inspired thousands of students during his more than 30 years with the district.
Adamson was born in 1864 outside Grayson County. When he was nine, he moved with his family to Collinsville, Texas, travelling with a team of sixteen horses and oxen who pulled the lumber for the new homestead. Adamson began his lifelong career in education as a student at Sam Houston Normal College, then began teaching in Cooke County. Following a stint as Superintendent in Decatur, he became the Superintendent of Schools for 700 pupils in the town of Oak Cliff in 1901. In his first year in Oak Cliff, he awarded 18 graduation diplomas.
Two years later, when Dallas annexed Oak Cliff, Adamson became principal of Oak Cliff Central School with a faculty of 12 teachers. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Adamson also taught second grade. As the student population grew to more than 1,000, Adamson worked with the Oak Cliff Educational Alliance to secure a new high school, an achievement that was celebrated in 1915 when Oak Cliff High School was constructed at the corner of Ninth and Beckley.
Legend has it that Adamson enjoyed the enthusiastic respect and admiration of students and faculty members alike. This esteem was expressed by staff and students sending flowers to Adamson on his birthday, a practice so widely observed that the tradition of Flower Day continues today as admirers place flowers at his gravesite. But Adamson also earned a reputation as a stern disciplinarian. Since students dreaded having his long fingers pointed in their direction, most conducted themselves so as to earn praise rather than censure.
In addition to his career in education, Adamson raised cows, toured Europe with his wife, served as an elected member of the Texas Historical Association, and was a founding member of the Jefferson Bank & Trust.
Adamson died in 1935. Four days after his death, the Board of Trustees renamed Oak Cliff High School in his honor to widespread acclaim from thousands of students, alumni and teachers.