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YMLA Groundbreaking Set for March 26

What: New Young Men’s Leadership Academy Groundbreaking

When: 10 a.m. Thursday, March 26, 2020

Where: Young Men’s Leadership Academy, 5100 Willie St., Fort Worth


YMLA Groundbreaking Set for March 26

Fort Worth ISD’s Young Men’s Leadership Academy will celebrate the groundbreaking of its complete renovation and expansion, Thursday, March 26. ymla

The nearly $40 million project, approved by voters in 2017, adds an additional 15,000- 20,000 square feet to the 67-year old building, for a total of approximately 108,000 square feet.  New additions will include state-of-the-art science labs, more classrooms and a new gymnasium.  The 10 acres surrounding the present YMLA will allow for the development of outdoor spaces and generous, on-site parking.

 “Executing our plans at the existing site will give us more bang for the buck on the existing campus with very little disruption- and make something great for the community,” said Barry Brock, program director for PROCEDEO.  PROCEDEO is a joint venture group that is managing the District’s 2017 Capital Improvement Project.

It's anticipated that construction will be completed in 2022.

YMLA will continue serving sixth to 12th grade students, with a maximum capacity of 525 scholars and future leaders.

The project honors the history of the location, which has been the site of a Fort Worth ISD school since 1927.  In 1952, the present building opened as Dunbar Elementary-Junior High School.  The two-story yellow-and-red brick international influenced structure eventually became the original Dunbar High School.  The school was named for African American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Follow the project’s progress here.


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