Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Middle School
- Grade Levels: 6 - 8
- Classrooms: 32
- Students: 1,250
- Building Size: 192,086 sq. ft.
- Environmentally Sustainable School
In addition to core classrooms, facility will include:
- Nine science classrooms
- Three ESL classrooms
- Two world language classrooms
- Softball, baseball and football fields.
- Improved 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.
- Improved energy efficiency
- Facilitates the separation and collection of material for recycling.
Unique Design Features:
- The proposed school consists of the construction of a new 195,000-sq.-ft., three-story middle school.
- School planning responds naturally to the site’s climate and topography. Northeast facing public spaces take advantage of indirect north light of optimal day lighting and minimize cooling demand by facing classrooms away from the harsh sun exposure.
- School building is fully accessible.
- Special classrooms/program for physically challenged students.
- Facility is organized to support community activities after hours. It is zoned to allow public access to the gymnasium, library and performing arts areas.
- The primary mechanical system is to be ground source heat pumps based.
Site Special Features:
- The site is clearly organized in site zone, creating play areas, service area and zones for vehicular traffic at the site perimeter.
- Site design provides separation between traffic modes (bus, parents and services.)
- Site allows zones for building expansion and options for operating the school.
School Dedication Ceremony
- October 26, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.
- 2939 St. Rita Drive, Dallas, TX 75232
Biography of Rev. Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr.
Spiritual leader, political powerhouse and civil rights activist — Rev. Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. has touched countless lives with his uncompromising dedication to social justice and equality. Born in San Angelo, Texas in 1935, the son of a United Methodist pastor and his wife, Holmes later moved to Dallas where he embarked on his life’s work of making the city a better, more just place to live for people of all races and backgrounds.
Holmes graduated from Huston-Tillotson University in Austin and earned two graduate degrees from the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, where he later served as an adjunct professor for 24 years. He gained recognition in 1968 when he rose to the position of district superintendent in the West Texas Conference of the United Methodist Conference, which at the time was segregated. When the conference integrated in 1970, he continued his term. He is beloved by hundreds of congregants of Dallas’ St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church where he served as senior pastor for nearly three decades.
Already known locally as a civil rights advocate, Holmes stepped onto the political stage when he joined the campaign of Joseph Lockridge, who in 1966 became the first African-American elected to the Texas House of Representatives. When Lockridge died in an airplane crash, Holmes was tapped to finish the term. He then ran and won two more terms. In 1971, the judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas appointed Holmes the first African-American chairperson of the Tri-Ethnic Committee, which oversaw the implementation of school desegregation in Dallas ISD.
Gov. Ann Richards appointed Holmes the first African American to serve on the University of Texas Board of Regents, a position he held from 1991 to 1997. During this time period, he authored two books and was selected to narrate and host the first installation of the highly regarded Disciple Bible Study video series. In the same decade, Holmes received the Linz Award presented by Linz Jewelers and the Dallas Morning News for his civic and humanitarian efforts.