New buildings, new standards for Dallas ISD

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by CASEY NORTON

WFAA

Posted on August 26, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 22 at 2:42 PM

Adamson High School

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DALLAS — Adamson High School has moved into the 21st century.

Students toured their new campus Sunday to catch a glimpse of the next generation in auditoriums and classrooms.

Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles asked families to consider the possibilities (and not to focus on the fresh paint).

"We need to have great academics here. We need to make sure the academics match the building,” Miles told reporters.

Adamson has a record of more than 120 years of high achievement. Championship sports teams and honor graduates are remembered in the main hallway’s trophy case.

Alumni wanted to preserve the old building, but they were convinced by the district that modern students need a modern approach to learning.

Bruce Wallace graduated in 1966. He said he was sad to see the old building go, but said he's holding out hope for a return to glory for Adamson.

"I think if the teachers step up to the plate and make it where the kids enjoy their time here, it'll be a Godsend for Oak Cliff,” Wallace said.

DISD will open six new campuses on Monday.

Miles will welcome staff at Zan Wesley Holmes Middle School on opening day. The superintendent says he'll make visits across the district throughout the school year to promote better relationships with principals, teachers, and students.

"I hope they see the central office more visible,” Miles said. “They see the doors open. They see the quality of instruction being raised, and a sense of urgency to have them reach their potential."

Miles wants to maintain the excitement of new buildings for all 180 days of the school year. He said new facilities show taxpayers' commitment to education.

And he wants students to know high expectations come with that commitment.

E-mail cnorton@wfaa.com

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