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THE HISTORY OF
Oak Clif High School
The happy years go by,
liach like a crystal string
Upon the thread of time,
Or like a song we sing.
We gaze in each clear gem
And see the names of those
Who have won fame and joy
Along the lines they chose.
As a small acorn grows
Into an oak tree great
Our school has also grown
Into its high estate.
N 1901, Oak Cliff High School, which provided for both elementary and high
school students, originated in the old Central School Building on Tenth Street.
The faculty was composed of eleven members with Mr. F. E. Peters as principal. In
1903, Mr. VV. H. Adamson became the principal. The number of students increased
from four hundred in 1913 to twelve hundred in 1916. At this time the present Oak
Cliff High School Building was occupied. Tn 1924, twenty-four hundred students
attended Oak Cliff, but since Sunset High School has been erected, the number has
decreased to twelve hundred. There were sixty teachers in 1924, there are now fifty-
There are many iersonal awards resented to students. Mr. oe Thom son,
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a former student of Oak Chfl, and Mr. Gwen Barnes present pins to the mem-
bers of the National Honor Society. Mr. Martin Weiss and Messers. Tabor present
awards to the student making the highest average for four years. Mr. Jno. E. MQUYYTSS
presents attendance awards. The P.-T. A. offers scholarships for five or more stu-
dents as well as donating hundreds of dollars everv vear for school activities.
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Not only has Qak Cliff been the recipient of many personal gifts, but she has also
won and maintained a worthy reputation in athletics and scholarship as is shown by
.the fact that she has acquired over sixty trophies since 1916. lVlr. John Fouts, who is
now superintendent of athletics for the Dallas High Schools, was the Hrst coach.
While the citizenship of Uak Cliff and the P.-T. A. have meant much to the
progress of the school, perhaps the most important factor has been the harmony and
co-operation found in the school itself, in the principal, the faculty and the student
body. From this unity has developed the well known '1Qak Cliff Spirit." Materizil
evidence of this is manifested in the fact that the school has been able to purchase "The
Roundupf' painted by Frank Reaugh. The numerous pieces of Statuary, the trophy
case, the beautiful velvet stage and window curtains in the auditorium, all bespeak
the loyalty of the former classes.
May Oak Cliff ever grow and prosper, and may the Qak Cliff Spirit never die.
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