A Guide to the History of Dallas, Texas

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Cumberland Hill School

Cumberland Hill SchoolA Texas Historical Commission marker, erected in 1971 on the premises of the old Cumberland Hill School reads:

One of the first brick schools in Dallas system. This Victorian building was constructed in 1888 on the site of a pre-Civil War school organized by Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Dallas.

In early decades this school drew pupils from several areas. Many students arrived each day in handsome carriages.

In later times the student body came from many different nationalities, giving rise to nickname "melting pot school."

From 1963 to 1969 the building housed a progressive vocational center, teaching construction trades to citizens of area.

During the middle of the 20th century this was the principal school for Dallas' "Little Mexico" neighborhood and although it was considered a "melting-pot" school, at times as much as 92 percent of the school's students were Hispanic.

Today the building is used as office space for private businesses.

(Author's Note: When I took this photograph, I did not notice the two men up on the roof. I have no idea what they were doing there!)

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