Between 1854 - 1859, a few families from east Texas began to build cabins and settle along Resley’s Creek in the area that would become Dublin, Texas. Records show that by 1860 there was a school established in one of the homes with Mrs. Sarah Keith O’Neal, teacher. With growth and changing needs, the community members built a two-story all-purpose community building for the Masonic lodge in 1876. This structure was open for all denominations’ use and for use as the first public school in old Dublin. By 1884, a ten-month school was established on two-acres of land purchased a few miles north in new Dublin to accommodate the 158 students.
In the intervening 115 years, those original two-acres with a few additional lots on Camden and Post Oak Street have been "home" to the Dublin Public Schools. The former Dublin High School campus corner stone lists J. W. Dunlar, superintendent and secretary for the building opened in 1913. The former Dublin Junior High was constructed close-by in the early 1920s. These original limestone campuses are still in use following brick additions, repairs, and restorations.
In 1986, a new elementary school was built on Thomas Street across from Memorial Stadium. In 1999, a new Dublin High School on Hwy. 6 East opened its doors for its 378 students. Built to accommodate as many as 600 students this newly constructed campus has introduced a new sense of pride for the Dublin community. The original high school building has since become home to the Dublin Middle School, while the former junior high building is now the new Dublin Intermediate campus for 4th and 5th grade students.
In her 1914 History of Dublin, Mrs. S. C. Lattimore tells the story of Dublin’s being "incorporated for school purposes" in 1884, the year she, her husband and daughter staffed the school. She said, "The impulse of growth and continuance was then given to Dublin’s school, which has never been lost or retarded."
In 2000, it can be said that from the time of those pioneer educators, Dubliners have always determined to provide schools of the highest quality for the young people of their community.Originally compiled and graciously contributed by Mary Yantis – May 1999
Updated for 2000 by Karol Howell123