Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts

Booker T. Washington High School was the first African-American high school in Dallas. In 1976, the school re-opened as a magnet high school to educate gifted artists with both the potential and the aspiration for careers in the arts. The school is nationally acclaimed as a prototype for magnet schools throughout the country. The school’s dual emphasis on arts and academics has produced a stellar list of famous graduates including Norah Jones, Erykah Badu and Roy Hargrove. It is also the only school in the Dallas Arts District.