General InformationGabe P. Allen Charter School is committed to ensuring every students' emotional and intellectual growth in developing future productive citizens. We provide opportunities for every child to embrace positive self-esteem and nurture an enthusiasm for learning. We empower parents, teachers, and community leaders to accept ownership and responsibility for their student's academic, emotional, and social development. Our collaboration with the early childhood program AVANCE-Dallas has created a strong link with parents, building a support system for student achievement and effective parent education. As their children's first educators, parents are a vital link to student educational success. We are students and staff forging a path to academic success with purpose and passion.
Who was Gabe P. Allen?
Our school was named after Gabriel Penn Allen, a prominent Dallas attorney in the 1930s and 1940s.
Gabe was born in Terrell, Texas on June 16, 1894 to William Hale Allen and Sidney Penn Allen. He moved to Dallas in 1906 where he attended Dal High (Crozier Tech). He graduated from The University of Texas with a degree in law in 1917 and belonged to the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity.
Mr. Allen served as a Captain in the field artillery in World War I. He returned to Dallas in 1919 to practice law at Allen & Allen Law firm with his father and his brother Arch C. Allen.
Mr. Allen married Miss Blanche Craven in 1921. They had two children, Florence Elizabeth Allen and William Craven Allen. They also had a foster daughter, which was his niece, Emil Fretz. His hobbies were fishing, hunting and golf.
Gabe Allen's service to the Dallas ISD began in 1934, when he was appointed to serve on the DISD School Board. He was re-elected, and served on the board for 12 years. During that time, he served as the Finance Chairman and a member of the building and welfare committee. He helped shape the DISD curriculum for vocational education and was instrumental in planning the construction of what later became P.C. Cobb Stadium and Field House. Mr. Allen aided in having the board pass a $2 million bond issue for the construction of new schools. When DISD decided to hire its own attorney in 1947, Allen was appointed to the post and served in that capacity until his death in July of 1949.