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Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary School
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  • Planning Stages

  • Groundbreaking

  • Construction Started

  • Complete

Current Status

Project Highlights

  • Grade Levels: K - 5
  • Classrooms: 34
  • Student Capacity: 809
  • Building Area: 103,780 sq. ft.
  • Site Area: 9.5 Acres
  • Environmentally Sustainable School
    • Utilization of the geothermal properties to improve energy performance by providing heating and cooling needs with 200 geothermal wells
    • Measures to reduce water consumption in the building and landscaping
    • Use of durable and long life-cycle building materials
    • Extensive use of low VOC emitting building products such as paints, adhesives and flooring
    • Operable window and natural day lighting in each classroom
  • Unique Design Features:
    • The proposed new 2-story elementary school is 103,780 square feet
    • An entrance canopy and two-story glass lobby walls provides a grand entry portal for students and parents arriving into the lobby space
    • The latest computer technology campus wide with a concentration in the Media Center and Computer Room.
    • This facility provides a dedicated and secure after-hours spaces consisting of the Dining Area, Gymnasium and Multi-purpose Room/Auditorium, along with ample Restrooms, that can be utilized for community service activities.
  • Site Special Features:
    • Expansion of JJ Lemmon Road at the front of the campus with bus loop, canopies and concrete benches
    • The campus will contain (2) playground, basketball court and bicycle rack.
  • School Dedication Ceremony
    • Wednesday, November 2 at 10:30 am
    • 7475 J.J. Lemmon Road, Dallas, TX 75241

Biography of Wilmer and Hutchins

The Houston and Texas Central Railroad not only moved goods and people throughout Texas, it helped shape and develop the communities of Hutchins and Wilmer.

In 1860, William J. Hutchins, then president and general manager of H&TC, gave his name to a small community that was a well-known trading place for immigrants who had settled along the west bank of the Trinity River. A railroad stop and post office followed in 1872.

Wilmer experienced just the opposite—the town, then named Prairie Valley, grew up around a railroad stop. A.J. Wilmer, an H&TC conductor who passed through regularly, lent his name to the growing community in 1884.

The railroad continued to play a significant role in both communities, where farmers grew cotton and shipped it across the state. Banks, businesses, cotton gins, churches, and steam mills met the needs of the small towns—each with populations of less than 500 by the beginning of World War I. In 1929, Wilmer suffered a devastating fire that wiped out most of the business district because the town’s wells simply could not provide enough water to combat the flames.

The two towns teamed together to form the Wilmer-Hutchins Independent School District in 1927, although neither city was incorporated until 1945. In 2005, the Dallas Independent School District absorbed the Wilmer-Hutchins schools, and began busing students to its campuses in Dallas’ southern sector.

Today, Union Pacific’s Dallas Intermodal Terminal is located within the city limits of Hutchins and Wilmer. The $70 million shipping facility continues the historic ties the two communities have with the railroads.


Project Information


7475 J. J. Lemmon Rd.
Dallas, TX 75241
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Lew Blackburn, Ph.D., District 5

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KAI Texas


Ratcliff Constructors

  • Continuing construction
  • Construction Underway
  • Construction at Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary School
  • A. Maceo Smith High Chool Naval JROTC Cadets with Trustee Ranger
  • Ms. Knight, Trustee Ranger, Superintendent Hinojosa, Ms. Wallace, Ms. Gardner and Birdie Alexander cheerleader signing the beam
  • Trustee Ranger with Wilmer-Hutchins Graduates Mr. Richardson and and Ms. Gardner
  • Birdie Alexander Elementary Choir
  • Program participants and guests
  • Aerial shot of Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary School
  • School rendering
  • Main hallway
  • Students and parents finding their classrooms
  • Students having lunch in cafeteria
  • Students lining up on the first day of school
  • Students listening to Trustee Carla Ranger read
  • Students walking into school on the first day of class
  • Students getting off the bus on the first day of school
  • Trustee Carla Ranger visiting classroom