Molina High School will prepare students to be independent, productive citizens who are self-motivated, biliterate, critical thinkers able to be successful in an ever-changing global society.
The school opened in August 1997 across Duncanville Road from Mountain View College. The school is named for Moisés E. Molina, a musician and retired Dallas ISD teacher. Known to his friends as Moe, Molina was born in 1946 and raised in McAllen, Texas. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Texas at Arlington and his Master of Education degree from the University of North Texas in Denton. After serving in the U.S. Army, Molina joined the staff at Adamson High School in 1975. When he started at Adamson, only 12 students were in the high school’s band. In the 19 years that he taught at Adamson, the number of participants steadily increased to 65. In recognition of his success in achieving his mission, Molina was the winner of several teaching awards, including the prestigious Hispanic Business Association’s Stand and Deliver Award, The University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Excellence Award for Outstanding High School Teachers, and the Lincoln Mercury Dealers Excellence in Arts Education Award. He was one of five finalists for the Dallas Independent School District Teacher of the Year in 1990-91 and was inducted into the Oak Cliff School and Community Hall of Fame in 1989. Molina passed away on March 25, 1994, leaving a legacy in Oak Cliff.