Formal Dedication of J. Martin Jacquet Middle School
What: Dedication of J. Martin Jacquet Middle School
When: Friday, August 14, 2015, 10 a.m.
Where: J. Martin Jacquet (formerly P.L. Dunbar) Middle School, 2501 Stalcup Rd., Fort Worth
Who: Interim Superintendent Dr. Patricia Linares; Board of Education trustees; Mr. Jacquet’s children Joan Marva Jacquet Simpson and James Martin Jacquet, Jr.; Mae Cora Peterson, former Dean of Women at Dunbar High School; and Dunbar Alumni Association members.
Summary: On Friday, August 14, 2015, the Fort Worth ISD will formally dedicate J. Martin Jacquet Middle School in honor of one of the District’s longest serving principals.
On February 15, 2015 the Board of Education approved a measure to rename Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School to J. Martin Jacquet Middle School. This measure was done at the urging of the Dunbar Alumni Association.
“We proudly rededicate and rename this school after Mr. J. Martin Jacquet,” said Mrs. Christene C. Moss, Board representative for District 3. “Mr. Jacquet changed countless young lives by his leadership and his example, and his legacy will continue to positively influence young men and young ladies.”
James Martin Jacquet served 37 years as an educator in the Fort Worth ISD, first, as a mathematics teacher and then, as principal. He became principal of Dunbar High School in 1957 and continued in that role for the next 17 years until his retirement.
Mr. Jacquet was born in Houston, Texas, the second child of Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Jacquet, and attended school in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Port Arthur, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Bishop College in Marshall, Texas, in 1930; and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1940. After coming to Fort Worth, he was active in many professional and community organizations and was a member of Mount Gilead Baptist Church. Mr. Jacquet was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity for 36 years, a charter member of the Fort Worth alumni chapter of the fraternity, as well as a life member.
After his retirement from Fort Worth ISD, Mr. Jacquet and his wife moved to Los Angeles, California, where he worked with disabled children in the Compton School District and was an active member of the Los Angeles Trinity Baptist Church and the Los Angeles Bishop College Alumni Club.