WILMER - Wilmer-Hutchins High School is reopening six years after the state forced the long-floundering district to shut down.
Now a part of the Dallas Independent School District, the high school, a new Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary and the re-purposed Kennedy Curry Middle School are ready to welcome students next Monday.
While back-to-school is an exciting time, what’s happening at Wilmer-Hutchins High School is clearly different. It goes much deeper than last minute preparations says Principal Marlon Brooks, a 20-year veteran of DISD.
"I've never been a part of a buzz of this nature with excitement about public education,” Brooks said.
When the Wilmer-Hutchins District collapsed six years ago, many of the students of the defunct district were absorbed throughout DISD, which sometimes led to long commutes.
"We had some students traveling an hour, over an hour actually,” Brooks said.
But, now students can stay close to home, which parent Leslea Rogers says will help support the fabric of the community.
"It supports the kids," she said. "It lets our kids know that we support them and we want the best for them, with their education, with their pride, with their school spirit."
Her niece Rokyambra Campbell, a junior, agreed.
"We are going to make this school big, new beginning, a fresh start, make the top bar," she said. "You know, set it."
The schools updated logo, emblazoned with an eagle, intends to help students reach that high mark. In the eye of the eagle is a picture of NBA star Spud Webb, a Wilmer-Hutchins grad.
"It is our goal to be a premier high school in the state of Texas,” Brooks said.