Yesterday a good Friend of Unfair Park who fought to keep Adamson High School away from the Dallas Independent School District's wrecking ball suggested it was time we take a closer look at the 107-year-old Davy Crockett School on Carroll Avenue, a designated city historic landmark. The school was given that protective status back in October 1993, four years after the district shuttered Crockett -- which, according to the DISD's own history book, was the first school built by the district after a construction frenzy in 1893.
For a long while after DISD closed Crockett, sending its students to Ignacio Zaragoza Elementary, the DISD used the building as administrative offices. But no more, according to DISD spokesman Jon Dahlander, who tells Unfair Park the district "recently" moved out of Crockett. "We are not using it presently," he says via e-mail. When I asked what the district plans to do with Crockett, he wrote back, "[We] have not decided a future use as of yet."
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Preservationists are beginning to worry that Crockett's headed toward the same sad fate as the old Dallas High School. They're also concerned that the district, which has yet to make public how it will preserve the original Adamson campus as it begins work on a new high school, will allow it to crumble. The phrase "demolition by neglect" has been bandied about in e-mails circulating amongst concerned preservationists this week.
"The city has certainly been very aggressive about historic buildings downtown and encouraging owners to fix them up," Katherine Seale, executive director of Preservation Dallas, tells Unfair Park this morning. "It only makes sense for them to treat everyone equally, including DISD."
After the jump, a page from the district's history book featuring a former student's memories of the building, and several more photos of the school as it looks at this very moment.