Special to The Dallas Examiner
The Franklin D. Roosevelt High School Mustangs recently celebrated its 58th year of teaching pride, respect and responsibility with the completion of a 70,000-square foot renovation project. The antiquated Oak Cliff campus has been transformed to into a state-of-the-art learning complex that will support 21st-century learning. Along with the transformation of the physical campus is a renewed commitment to the surrounding community with a significant emphasis on public health.
Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, Roosevelt High School will incorporate academic programs designed to further prepare students to graduate from high school with skills and knowledge that will result in increased earnings potential. The added programs include culinary arts, firefighting, emergency medical technician training, humanities/arts and patient care technician training. The expanded academic offerings are the result of a grassroots partnership with the community surrounding the school, dubbed “Roosevelt Next Level.”
“While in the planning stages of the expansion of our campus, we were very intentional about listening to the surrounding community,” Roosevelt Principal Troy Tyson said. “The overwhelming feedback received was that citizens want their community to experience health and wholeness, while also ensuring economic empowerment for students and the community at large.”
The campus expansion, along with an emphasis on public health, will position Roosevelt to continue to be a vital bridge in the Oak Cliff community and beyond. The expanded offerings are made possible, in part, by a one-time $50,000 Innovation Engine Program grant awarded by the Office of Transformation and Innovation to campuses with innovative educational programs.