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District Dedicates Alexander Elementary on Oct. 22


The Denton Independent School District Board of Trustees will host a formal dedication of Alice Moore Alexander Elementary School at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22. Alexander Elementary is located at 800 Mack Road in Denton.

 

“As a board, we’ve always wanted to put the name on a building of someone who has directly impacted the people in our community and Mrs. Alexander certainly fits that description,” said Board President Mia Price. “The renaming of a building is often a difficult decision to make, and we believe, this was the perfect opportunity to honor Mrs. Alexander and keep her name close to the Southeast Denton community that she championed throughout her career and life.”

 

Mrs. Alexander taught kindergarten and first grade for 45 years, spending much of her career at Fred Moore School, a school named for her father in 1949. She began her teaching career in 1928, after attending Texas College in Tyler, Texas Southern University and the University of Chicago for her formal education.

 

Mrs. Alexander’s life and that of her family members are intertwined in the history of Denton and the integration of the school district. Upon her passing in 2007, at 100 years of age, she was remembered for “furthering the cause of ethnic harmony” and “being a vivacious leader with an influence on her students.”

 

Alexander Elementary, formerly Lee Elementary, originally opened in 1884 on the site of the first free public school in Denton, between Hickory and Sycamore Streets. The school hired Clara Skiles, the area’s first female principal in 1925, considered a very progressive idea for the time.

 

The school was moved throughout the city over a course of more than a century and was reconstructed at its current location near Mack Park in 1988 as an open-concept school. In 2005, the 84,000 square-foot campus was completely renovated and science classrooms were added in 2012.

 

“Mrs. Alexander pioneered the work-life integration concept by always being a loving mentor to every child she came in contact with no matter the setting,” said John Punch, one of the hundreds who submitted letters of nomination. “She was the quintessential educator. For decades, she was a staple in Denton life and was loved by all races and people of every creed."