General InformationGabe P. Allen Charter School is committed to continuous improvement for its prekindergarten through fifth-grade students. The school provides positive opportunities to develop academic and social skills where every student develops self-esteem and enthusiasm for learning in order to ensure continuing success in their educational careers.The empowerment of parents, teachers, and community leaders brings ownership and a deeper responsibility to addressing students’ academic, emotional, and social needs. A 13-year collaboration with AVANCE/Dallas is one of the systematic efforts Gabe Allen Charter embraced to link the school with parents, building a support system for enhancing both student achievement and effective parent education. The school also implemented a successful collaboration with the Parent in Quality Education Program and piloted a Parent Leadership Program. These three programs embrace our philosophy that parents are the first and most important educator of their children and, without their support, we would not be able to sustain the gains we have made with their children."Our mission at Gabe P. Allen is to make our school a happy place to be, a place to learn, a place to make friends, a place where we can be the best that we can be" is said every school day morning.
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.