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Overview of the Collection

Background Information

Scope and Contents

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Flat Storage Items

Texas Week 1932-1936

Senior Publications

Photographs

Programs, etc.

Annuals

Alumni Association Records

Scrapbooks and Ephemera

Trophies

Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Forest Avenue High School Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Dallas Independent School District (DISD)
Title: Forest Avenue High School Collection
Accession No.: MA83-13
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library 1515 Young St  Dallas, TX 75201

Background Information

In 1914 the president of the Dallas Board of Education, J. M. McCormick, recommended two new high schools, east and west of the Trinity River, be built in order to serve the expanding needs of Dallas students. Two years later Oak Cliff High School and Forest Avenue High School were ready for classes. Located at 3000 Forest Avenue, the new school opened for classes September 21, 1916. The new Oak Cliff High School also opened that Fall. The first graduating class of Forest Avenue, the "Class of 1917" numbered sixty; Oak Cliff numbered thirty-two.

Dallas, like most American cities, had a segregated school system until 1965. In 1956 the population in Dallas shifted and Forest Avenue area became increasingly black. The need for another "black" school and the decreasing enrollment at Forest High gave rise to the decision to change the school from a "white" school to a "negro" school. The change was relatively smooth considering the era. A formal request by Forest High Alumni was reported June 22, 1956 by the Dallas Times Herald, which asked that the name, colors, and emblems be changed and reserved for a "white" school. The name was officially changed to James Madison High School in 1956. This is representative of the segregation issues of the 1950's and 1960's.

The street name was changed from Forest Avenue to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. January 1981. The building is still used as a high school retaining the name James Madison High School, with current address 3000 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

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Scope and Contents

The two major portions of this collection are publications and trophies. The remaining materials are memorabilia such as ribbons and report cards. The senior publications and annuals provide an interesting look at high school life, interests and views on current events as well as names of Forest High students. During World War II the students had a memorial to alumni who fought and died. The photographs used in this display are contained in Box 9. The annuals have been removed, cataloged (373.76428 F717), and placed with other Dallas area high school yearbooks within the Texas/Dallas collection. The collection includes annuals for 1917-1931; 1933-1935; 1937-1942 and 1944-1954.

The Forest High Alumni Association are actively seeking materials to add to this collection. Anyone wishing to contribute should contact the Archivist, Dallas Public Library, Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Organizations:
Forest Avenue High School
Dallas Independent School District
Places:
Dallas (Tex.)
Subjects:
High Schools -- Texas -- Dallas
Titles:
Forest Avenue High School

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Related Material

MA84-8 Dal-Tech High School Collection

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA83-13 Forest Avenue High School Collection, Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Processing Information

Processed by Cindy C. Smolovik, Archivist

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Flat Storage Items

Box Folder
1 1 Commencement Programs- Jan. 23, 1941 May 28, 1944 June 3, 1944 June 3, 1954 June 4, 1953 June 2, 1955 May 31, 1956
1 Graduate Announcement 1944, Monroe Mirsky
2 Production Programs -"Hook Line Sinker" Dec. 18, 1942 “Laughing Gas" -May 14, 1943 "Ride ‘em Cowboy" -Jan. 12, 1940
3 Forest Echo – Newspaper-Nov. 3, 1936 Jan. 12, 1955 March 9, 1955; Clippings – Cadet Major Oliver Fudge
4 Dedication program and letter, Memorial Hall, 1945
Report Cards, Monroe Mirsky, 1941-1945
Military Certificates (R.O.T.C.)
Monroe Mirsky, 1939-1944
Senior Class of 44 - Ribbons with Linz Award Pin Attached

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Texas Week 1932-1936

Box Folder
2 Texas Week Programs, Volumes I-V, 1932-1936

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Senior Publications

Box Folder
3 The Forester - Oct. 1917 Dec. 1917 April 1918 Christmas (Dec) 1918 Feb. 1919 May 1919 Jan. 1920 Oct. 1920 Dec. 1920 Jan. 1921 Feb. 1921 March 1921 April 1921 Nov. 1921 Dec. 1921 Jan. 1922 Feb. 1922 March 1922 April 1922 May 1922 Nov. 1922 – 2 copies Dec. 1922 Jan. 1923 - 2 copies March 1923 – 2 copies April 1923 – 2 copies May 1923 Nov. 1923 Dec. 1923 Feb. 1924
Senior Racket - June 1929
Senior Star - January, Class 1933 - 2 copies
Box Folder
4 The Forester, 1921-1922
Box Folder
5 The Forester, 1922-1924
Box Folder
6 Forest Echo, 1927-1929
Box Folder
7 Forest Echo, 1929-1930
Box Folder
8 Forest Echo, April 1927 May 1927 Military Issue 1927 Feb 1928 May 1928 Nov. 1928 Jan. 1929 Oct. 1929, - 2 copies Dec. 1929, - 3 copies Feb. 1930, - 3 copies April 1930, - 2 copies May 1930, - 2 copies
The Target - June 1930
The Last Laugh - June 1930
The Broadcaster - January 1931
Senior Searchlight- June 1931
Senior Leaves - June 1932

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Photographs

Alumni who died during WWII
Box Folder
9 1 S/Sgt. Stanley Bernard Angrist May 26, 1915 - August 6, 1944
2 Lt. Clyde W. Apple May 31, 1919 - December 30, 1943
3 Lt. Jack Ballas July 22, 1921 - March 21, 1944
4 1st. Sgt. Milton Barshop August 20, 1920 - February 22, 1944
5 Pvt. Paul Rex Bassinger July 21, 1917 - June 10, 1942
6 Major Arthur Berwald September 12, 1914 - August 15, 1943
7 Cpl. William A. Brown December 6, 1924 - May 23, 1945
8 Capt. William A. Brown November 9, 1920 - March 24, 1945
9 James Edward Bratcher November 20, 1918 - February 1, 1945
10 Sgt. Clyde Henry Burgess May 22, 1917 - October 17, 1943
11 Albert D. Burford February 17, 1924 - April 16, 1943
12 S/Sgt. Leon Arthur Byers February 1, 1925 - July 5, 1944
13 Cpl. Brazil A. Calcagno October 3, 1919 - February 24, 1945
14 Pfc. David A. Camp August 24, 1925 - February 8, 1945
15 Sgt. Roy Campbell July 12, 1921 - February 19, 1945
16 Billy J. Christian December 19, 1926 - July 21, 1944
17 Pfc. Victor Clesi, Jr. August 8, 1924 - March 14, 1945
18 Capt. Jack G. W. Cooper April 13, 1917 - June 1944
19 Sgt. Richard M. Cooper February 10, 1921 - March 20, 1944
20 Don Cortimilia October 1, 1925 - February 16, 1945
21 Lt. James L. (Sam) Danner September 22, 1919 - February 18, 1944
22 James M. (Jimmie) Duncan, Jr. July 4, 1925 - March 28, 1944
23 Pvt. James K. (Jimmie) Edwards July 9, 1925 - April 28, 1944
24 Lt. Solon Edgar Ellis, Jr. October 14, 1921 - September 11, 1943
25 S/Sgt. Johnnie D. Ezell, Jr. April 16, 1925 - June 22, 1945
26 1st Lt. Edward I. Finneburgh October 25, 1915 - September 8, 1943
27 Joe Bob Floyd January 12, 1922 - June 17, 1945
28 Pfc. George Firor November 13, 1923 - December 21, 1944
29 Lt. Ernest William Genthner November 17, 1923 - March 15, 1945
30 Bill E. Gillespie March 24, 1922 - December 14, 1944
31 Lt. S. Tome Gillespie December 20, 1920 - October 17, 1942
32 Pfc. Paul E. Goff January 28, 1925 - October 10, 1944
33 S./Sgt. Charles E. Graham May 18, 1908 - February 22, 1944
34 1st. Lt. Isadore L. Gruber November 13, 1915 - ?
35 T/Sgt. James W. Hall, Jr. January 9, 1925 - June 10, 1944
36 Lonnie Moss Hartson February 1, 1923 - December 7, 1941
37 Lt. Wesley E. Hendrix August 28, 1921 - May 7, 1944
38 Leslie E. Howell March 23, 1925 - January 17, 1945
39 Empty
40 Sgt. Charles Richard Jannasch, Jr. December 2, 1904 - January 13, 1944
41 S/Sgt. Carl B. Johnston [N.D.] - August 3, 1943
42 Alfred M. Jones March 17, 1921 - March 21, 1945
43 Sgt. Erwin C. Kieke, Jr. May 27, 1922 - December 7, 1944
44 Sam W. King October 26, 1921 - January 1945
45 Marlin Ray Lawton August 18, 1922 - ?
46 George Brice Littlepage December 27, 1922 - August 20, 1942
47 Pvt. Charlie Lee McAnally September 2, 1923 - June 19, 1944
48 Michael R. Malloy July 10, 1922 - June 28, 1943
49 Lt. Billy Joe McNally May 9, 1924 - August 16, 1943
50 Lt. Wm. Clyde Mercer January 21, 1922 - February 26, 1945
51 1st Lt. Jack Miller April 2, 1920 - December 4, 1942
52 Lt. Roger DeCoverly Moore, U.S.N.R. September 15, 1918 - February 23, 1945
53 Cpl. John J. O'Riley April 2, 1924 - February 26, 1945
54 Sgt. Ernest H. Parrett October 13, 1924 - April 20, 1945
55 S / Sgt. Leon W. Perry February 9, 1917 - ?
56 Sgt. Raymond L. Price January 9, 1927 - October 31, 1946
57 1st Lt. Thomas Linwood Priest September 15, 1923 - July 11, 1944
58 Lt. Bass Redd April 28, 1911 - December 11, 1944
59 2nd Lt. James T. Roberts February 6, 1921 - April 8, 1944
60 John Randolph Samford February 9, 1924 - June 26, 1945
61 Lt. Harris Shelton September 13, 1914 - November 3, 1944
62 Pfc. Earl Ray Skiles June 17, 1926 - May 15, 1944
63 Raymond Snaga March 3, 1911 - November 23, 1942
64 Pfc. Frank A. Stacks February 13, 1924 - November 7, 1943
65 Lt. Dudley M. Steele, Jr. October 21, 1918 - September 20, 1942
66 Lt. Robert B. Stricklin June 4, 1916 - July 15, 1944
67 S / Sgt. Joe Terranella September 18, 1909 - July 13, 1944
68 Robert Harry Thomason June 22, 1917 - March 8, 1942
69 Sgt. Tyra Thornell January 27, 1922 - July 25, 1943
70 Flight Officer Alex Tuttle January 20, 1924 - November 30, 1944
71 Lt. Albert E. Weinberg January 21, 1920 - April 10, 1943
72 David Weinstein March 4, 1909 - September 25, 1943
73 Sgt. H. Doyle Wheeler July 13, 1922 - November 25, 1945
74 W. T. Whitaker, Jr. October 14, 1921 - December 20, 1943
75 Earl Douglas Williams October 9, 1921 - February 13, 1945
76 W. Denman Winsor March 2, 1917 - January 10, 1943
77 Class Photos 1923;1928

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Programs, etc.

Box Folder
10 1 Bibliography of Texas Books - History Club, November 1932
2 Historical Documents, Letters, etc. Concerning Texas – presented to FAHS
3 Houston: “The Greatest Comeback in American History” Original work by John Trotwood Moore, copied by Permission by the Art Department, 1932
4 Bill 575 – on the Texas Flag History Class, 1933
Box Folder
11 1 Class of 1932 – 1933 (Jan.) “Texas in the Early 1930s”
2 Anthology Poetry Society - 1933
3 Booklet presented to FAHS for the Texas Library – English class De Soto grammar school – March 17, 1933
4 Semi - Annual Commencement Programs -June 1937; June 1938; Jan. 1939; Jan. 1940; May 1940; Jan. 1941; May 1941; Jan. 1942; May 1942; Jan. 1943; June 1949; Jan. 1950; Jan. 1951; Jan. 1952; May 1952; Jan. 1953; June 1953
5 Texas Week Program, 1935
6 Eiland, Kathleen, The Texas Program Book Austin: The Steck Co., 1934
7 1974 Guestbook - Texas Week
8 Letters - Silver Jubilee in Honor of Wylie A. Parker
Box Folder
12 Pressed Bluebonnet - 1931-1932

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Annuals

Box Folder
13 1917, 1919, 1920, 1921
Box Folder
14 1923, 1924, 1926, 1927
Box Folder
15 1928, 1929, 1935, 1937, 1948
Box Folder
15a 1955, 1956

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Alumni Association Records

Box Folder
16 Alumni Association Records
Box Folder
18 Alumni Reunion guest books

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Scrapbooks and Ephemera

Box Folder
17 Scrapbooks; paper "FAHS" pennant
Box Folder
19 Gym class bloomers and football helmet; 1990 Reunion scrapbook; City of Dallas, Special Recognition Certificate, 1990; Forest Lions pennant
Box Folder
20 1990 Diamond Jubilee Program & Distinguished Alumni Biographies 1994 All School Reunion
Box Folder
21 Scrapbook, 1936-1940

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Trophies

Box Folder
1a 1 Forester Contest 20 June Class '21
2 Won By Forest HI. 1920 Forest HI 1921 Forest HI 1922
3 Dallas Journal Trophy Girls Tennis Doubles -won by- Forest Avenue High School - 1923
4 Cullum & Boren Trophy North Texas Interscholastic Conference Field & Track winners Forest High 1922
5 Cullum & Boren Co. Girls Singles -winners- Forest HI. 1923
6 Given to IVB 1923-24 by the IB a class in Recognition of Local Support to the Forester
7 Huey & Philip Trophy City Champions Football 1924 Triple Tie 1925 Won by Forest HI. A. J. Loos Coach
8 Girls Inter-State Debate Held at Newcomb College April 12, 1924 won by Evelyn B. Oppenheimer Goldina McFarland of Forest Avenue High School - Dallas, Texas
Box Folder
2a 1 Times Herald Trophy Football Championship Fifth District 1925 Won by Forest High School
2 Times Herald Trophy City Football Championship won by Forest High School, 1925
Box Folder
3a 1 Majestic Theatre Basketball Trophy High School Championship Won by Forest High School, 1925
2 Huey and Philip Trophy Won by Forest Ave HI. 1925 CHY Champions
Box Folder
4a 1 Southwestern Relay Carnival Rice Field March 28, 1925 High School Section One Mile Relay Championship
2 The Dallas Journal JR. Award Texas State Fair 1925 Forest Avenue High School
3 The Rift Cup Mr. Cain's IB. Algebra Henry Klepak Director June 1927
4 Forest High School Second Team Basketball City Champs 1927-28
5 Forest High School Basketball City Champs 1927-28
6 Presented by Greater Palace Theatre and Linz Bro's to Forest Avenue High School City Football Champion Dallas - 1929
Box Folder
5a 1 Presented by Linz Bros.Jewelers to the Pan American League April 11th 1929 For the Best Program Woodrow Wilson High School 4. 11. 29 Forest Avenue High School 4. 10. 30 North Dallas High School 4. 9. 31
2 Sunset High School 1. 14. 32 Forest Avenue High School 4. 13. 33
Box Folder
6a 1 Everts Award for Best Attendance Senior HI Y Forest HI Fall 1929 North Dallas HI Spring 1930 North Dallas HI Fall 1930 Sunset HI Spring 1931 Forest HI Fall 1931 Technical HI Spring 1932 Forest ST HI Fall 1932
2 LINZ (Efficiency Award) won by Technical HI-Y Spring-1933 Forest HI Fall 1933
3 LINZ (Efficiency Award) Won by Technical HI-Y Spring-1933 Forest HI Fall 1933
4 [Trophy Base] C. Redd W. H. Keeling, Coach P. Schreiber E.Duckworth Q.Goss
5 Presented by Hon R. Cantu Lara Consul of Mexico Dallas-April 11th 1929 to the Pan American League for the Best Attendance Forest Avenue High School - April 11, 1929 Highland Park High School - April 10, 1930 Forest High School - April 14, 1932
6 North Dallas Award Latin Tournament North Texas Fourth Year Won by Forest Avenue 1934
7 North Dallas 1935 Highland Park 1936 North Dallas 1937 Highland Park 1939 Sunset 1941 Forest Avenue 1942
8 Majestic Theatre Basketball Trophy High School Second Championship Won by Forest High School
9 Oklahoma Relays High School 880 Relay won by
Box Folder
7a 1 Mexico Day Oct. 17th 1942 Ticket Selling Campaign Forest Ave High School
Box Folder
8a 1 American Legion Jr. Baseball Trophy Presented by Dallas Ford Dealers Mountain Creek Post No. 345 Forest Avenue High School Lions
Box Folder
9a 1 The Times Herald Trophy City CO-Champions 1947 Forest

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