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The Grand Prairie Independent School District currently serves more than 26,000 students within the Dallas County boundary of Grand Prairie. There are 39 campuses which consists of 23 elementary schools, eight middle schools, one ninth grade center, three high schools, two alternative schools, one collegiate institute and one arts academy. This is a long way from their humble beginnings in 1902. By 1904 ten formal grades had been formed. The next year the first school bonds were issued totaling $8,000. The money built a two-story building at 214 West College Street to create Grand Prairie High School. In 1911, the first graduating class with only four students completes the high school program. The high school moved to its current location in 1951.

In the early 1920’s, the children in the Dalworth area, attended school in the Masonic Lodge. Their first school was built with classes to 7th grade. If a student wanted a high school education, they had to travel to Dallas to attend Booker T. Washington High School. Glasco Talley, one of the first graduates of Dalworth, went on to high school and college, before returning to become a teacher. In 1942,G.W. Spikes donated five acres of land for a larger school, which expanded in 1955 to become a high school. The following year, Dalworth High had its first graduating class with five students. By 1966, Dalworth High integrated with Grand Prairie High and Dalworth returned to being an elementary school.

The city began to grow and by the late 1960s it became apparent a second high school was needed. In the fall of 1969, the doors opened to 448 students at South Grand Prairie High School, of which 87 were Seniors. The first campus was at the original Jackson Middle School. In 1972, the current campus was complete and the students moved into their new home. The district finally added a third high school to address the career and technology needs of the students. Dubiski Career High School opened in the fall of 2009. There are five schools within one: School of Architecture, Construction, Engineering, and Manufacturing; School of Health Science Technology; School of Arts, AV Technology, and Communications; School of Business, Marketing, Finance, and Information Technology; and School of Transportation and Logistics. Dubiski offers its students a course of study to prepare them for a 2-year or 4-year college or to gain a license or certification towards a career.

Grand Prairie Independent School District is always growing to meet the needs of the citizens and students of Grand Prairie. We are proud of the legacy the district has created through the excellent

Meeting Schedule

Thursday, May 18 @ 11:30 am - LUNCH
Regular Meeting Bass-Hays Foundry History

Saturday, June 17, 1 :00PM-3:00PM
GPHO Dechman & Goodman Awards

Saturday, July 29, 9am - 2pm
Bus Tour of GP Historical Markers

Thursday, August 17, 6:30PM - DINNER
Regular Meeting, Program TBD

Saturday, October 7, 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Pioneer Day & Museum Grand Opening Celebration

Thursday, November 16 11:30AM - LUNCH
Regular Meeting, Program TBD

*The GPHO Board meets the second Monday of each month.

Current Officers

The board would appreciate hearing from any of our members willing to fill a vacancy on the board or serve on a committee. Your involvement in the Grand Prairie Historical Organization is valuable to us. Please email president@gphistorical.com.

Book: Historic Grand Prairie

An Illustrated History | By Kathy A. Goolsby

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