Temple: Historic school to be renovated

TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Meridith-Dunbar opened in the 1950's as a high school for African American students, and has evolved over the years to house every grade level including early childhood programs and will soon be renovated to update the historic building.

Meridith-Dunbar is the oldest active campus in the Temple ISD, and has received some renovations over the years but nothing as extensive as the ones approved as part of the district's most recent bond package. (Photo by Megan Vanselow)

Meridith-Dunbar is the oldest active campus in the Temple ISD, and has received some renovations over the years but nothing as extensive as the ones approved as part of the district's most recent bond package.

The school will receive enhanced electricity, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, as well as cosmetic improvements and become more compliant with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

"Meridith-Dunbar has been an important part of this community for a very long time," Assistant Superintendent of Finances, Kent Boyd said.

"When you have a facility that rich in history or you want to preserve the history, but you also want to upgrade it and make it state of the art so that it serves our community and our children most importantly," Boyd said.

The school began as a high school back in the early 50's for the east side of Temple for the African American population prior to integration, known then as Dunbar High School.

"Once the school integrated in the 60's, Meridith-Dunbar became a junior high which served this portion of town. Eventually it became an elementary school and several years ago we re-purposed it for an early childhood center," Boyd said.

Temple native Charles Edward Greene graduated in 1965 from Dunbar High School.

As an NFL player, better known as “Mean Joe Greene,” he played defensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1969 to 1981.

He was the fourth player selected in the first round of the 1969 NFL draft.