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SCHOOLS

Colbert Elementary

231 S Colbert St.

The namesake for Colbert Elementary was Annie Colbert who taught at this African-American school in Dayton from 1927 until 1967. The school is sometimes referred to as Dayton's Rosenwald school due to funding having been provided by a grant from Julius Rosenwald, former president of Sears, Roebuck & Company, and his partner Booker T. Washington, founder of the Alabama-based Tuskegee Institute.

They established a foundation that paid for the construction of 5,300 African-American U.S. schools, places for their teachers to live and industrial shops for skills development. 

The school was scheduled for demolition until Greg Hayman, Dayton ISD Superintendent, saved the building from destruction. Instead, it is now a museum.  

Dr. E. R. Richter Elementary

90 Cherry Creek Road; 2400 North Winfree

The namesake for Richter Elementary was Dr. Ernest Rowland Richter. He was born on July 31, 1912 in Harlingen, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1935. He met Alphene Paden while she was in nursing school and they later married in 1936. Dr. Richter practiced medicine in Dayton from 1936 to 1980.  

During 2015, there were actually two Richter Elementary schools in Dayton. The old school on North Winfree was built in 1981, the year after Dr. Richter's death. The ground-breaking ceremony for the new school was held Thursday, May 28th at its new location on Cherry Creek Road next Dayton ISD's administration building.

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Dayton Independent School District receives students from an area of 248 square miles that attend these seven schools:

  • Colbert Elementary  - Pre-Kindergarten

  • Dr. E. R. Richter Elementary - Kindergarten thru 5th grade

  • Kimmie M. Brown Elementary - Kindergarten thru 5th grade

  • Stephen F. Austin Elementary - Kindergarten thru 5th grade

  • Woodrow Wilson Junior High - 6th grade thru 8th grade

  • Nottingham Alternative School (Nottingham Middle School)

  • Dayton High School - 9th grade thru 12th grade

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