Skyline was the first high school in the United States to offer a magnet school curriculum. In the mid-1960's, B. J. Stamps and other Dallas educators conceived the idea of a very large high school for the Dallas Independent School District that would offer career education in addition to a traditional high-school curriculum. Stamps emphasized continually that the facility he envisioned was "absolutely not going to be a vocational school for unsuccessful students" but rather a place where superior students could undertake studies in preparation for a variety of professions.
In December 1966, architectural plans for the school, whose working name was "Science-Technical Center," were approved by the Dallas School Board. By 1969, Stamps, who had been slated as the school's first principal, suggested the name "Skyline High School," inspired by the view of the Downtown Dallas skyline afforded from the school's upper floors, and in February 1970 the Skyline name was approved by the School Board.
From its inception, Skyline has fulfilled Stamps's original conception of offering both a regular high-school curriculum and a multitude of magnet school programs. The magnet offerings are organized as clusters, which are collectively called the Career Development Center.
Skyline serves grades 9 through 12 and is a part of the Dallas Independent School District.
Mantra: "I Own It!"
Motto: "Unity in Effort...Pride in Result
Skyline Career Development Center Requirements
Grades 9 - 12
Norm/Criterion Referenced Tests
Grade 8 - ReadiStep 3.6 Scale Score for reading OR 3.3 writing and 3.3 math
Grades 9 & above
40th percentile for
Reading and Math on ITBS test
Varies by cluster – All potential cluster students will participate in an on-site interview
Academy of Hospitality & Tourism – Letter of recommendation
Advanced Math – on-site math assessment
Advanced Science – 2 letters of recommendation
Advanced Social Science – on-site essay
Architecture – Essay submitted with application – Why are you a good candidate for the Architecture cluster?
Aviation – on-site interview
Building Trades – Letter of recommendation
Child Care – on-site interview
Cosmetology – on-site interview
Culinary Arts – Essay submitted with application – Why are you interested in Culinary Arts?
Eco Tech – on-site interview
Fashion – Essay submitted with application – What is an entrepreneur?
Graphic Design – Essay submitted with application – Why are you interested in Graphic Design, and portfolio of artwork, drawings.
Interior Design – Submit an image of a well designed room and an essay with application – Why you are interested in Interior Design and what are two characteristics that make you a good candidate?
Audio Video Technology – Letter of recommendation and essay submitted with application – Why are you a good candidate for the Audio/Visual cluster?
Photography – Portfolio of portraits taken
Printing and Imaging – Essay submitted with application – Why did you select Skyline as your Magnet High School choice?
Transportation – On-site aptitude test
World Languages – On-site interview