Dallas arts school gets $10 million gift

Feb. 18, 2004 at 8:45 PM

DALLAS, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- A Dallas philanthropist and civic leader has made a $10 million gift to an award-winning arts magnet high school in the city.

Nancy B. Hamon's gift to the Booker T. Washington High School is the largest single gift ever to a U.S. public arts high school, according to officials.

Prominent graduates include R&B vocalist Erykah Badu, jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove, visual artist Christian Schuman, and Grammy winning vocalist Norah Jones.

"This is a pivotal moment in the life of this school," said I.D. (Nash) Flores III, chairman of the Arts Magnet Building Campaign.

The school's advisory board is raising $20 million in a partnership with the Dallas Independent School District for a $40 million project to renovate the historic original high school building and construct additional facilities.

The $10 million Hamon gift ties St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, as the second-largest gift to any high school, public or private. The largest single gift ever, $20 million, went to the Lynde and Harry Bradley Technology and Trade School in Milwaukee, Wis., officials stated.

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