Quick FactsDirector/Principal: Mr. Jameile R. Choice
Grade Levels: 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th
Trustee District: District 5
School Division/Feeder Pattern:
Schools Division 5 - Seagoville High School Feeder Pattern
New Times, New Talent, New TechThe mission of New Tech High School at B.F. Darrell is to be an outstanding school of "choice", where learners (students) are engaged in projects-based learning that develops 21st Century skills supported by technology that prepares them for a competitive global society.About New Tech Network
New Tech High is a part of the New Tech Network, a nationwide network dedicated to helping high school learners gain the knowledge and skills necessary for life, college and the 21st century workplace. Founded in Napa, California, the New Tech Network began as a partnership between the local high school and business leaders. The objective is to re-invent teaching and learning to ensure that all graduating students are truly prepared to meet the needs of the new, emerging economy. To date, the New Tech Network has successfully supported the transformation of 62 schools across the nation.School Colors - Blue & SilverMascot - FalconUniform colors -We will not utilize uniforms.Special Programs:Digital Graphics
Project Based Learning
AVIDE I F (Education is Freedom)
Clubs/Extracurricular Activities:All clubs meet alternating Fridays, and some meet on other days.
National Honor SocietyStudent CouncilChess ClubDebatePerforming Arts
About B.F. Darrell:
The Dallas based New Tech High School was initially located in the A. Maceo Smith High School building at 4030 Stag Road, Dallas TX 75241. June 2018 New Tech High relocated to the B.F. Darrell Elementary School building (formerly Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy) at 4730 S. Lancaster Road, Dallas TX 75216. At the time of relocation, the school's name was then changed from "A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School" to "New Tech High School at B. F. Darrell".
DARRELL, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (1863–1919). Benjamin Franklin Darrell, African-American schoolteacher and principal in Dallas, son of Ben and Jane Darrell, was born in Winchester, Franklin County, Tennessee, in August 1863, as the sixth of seven children. After receiving an early education in local schools, Darrell attended Fisk University in Nashville, receiving both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. While at Fisk, he joined the internationally-famous Jubilee Singers, which enkindled a lifetime devotion to the vocal arts. Before moving to Dallas, Darrell met his wife Amanda, to whom he was married for almost twenty years. Though the couple did not have children of their own, Darrell arrived in Dallas with a firm commitment to uplift the education of Dallas’s African-American children.
After teaching in Tennessee briefly, Darrell moved to Dallas in 1899, where he found employment as a teacher at Dallas’s Colored School Number One, later renamed the Wright Cuney School. During his time as a schoolteacher, Darrell taught a wide array of subjects, including algebra, psychology, grammar, and bookkeeping. He also put his lifelong passion for music, as well as his “rich, tenor voice,” to work while conducting the school’s choir at special occasions such as commencement ceremonies. In 1907 Darrell entered the administrative ranks, becoming principal of the Wright Cuney School, a position he held until his death in 1919. One of Darrell’s most significant contributions came with his pioneering work in the area of adult education, as he annually taught the night school for African-American adults offered at the Colored High School.
One Dallas Morning News reporter noted the zeal with which Darrell approached the endeavor, saying, “He is assiduous in his work and says that the classes are growing in size each year and that there are many of the older men and women who return year after year to get further instruction and to become more proficient.” In the face of imposing odds, commitment to the educational well-being of young and old alike marked the career of Darrell. As another author put it, through programs such as the night school, “Darrell and others helped to build a matrix for the education of the black man.”
Benjamin Franklin Darrell died in his Dallas home at 3025 State Street on March 27, 1919. In 1923 the Colored School No. 2, located at Hall and Cochran streets, was renamed B. F. Darrell Elementary in his honor. Although it closed in 1969, in 1971 another school of the same name opened at 4730 Lancaster Road honoring the pioneering African-American educator. The school was closed by the DISD in 2009, and in 2011 B. F. Darrell Elementary became the site for the new Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy at B. F. Darrell, an all-boys magnet school instructing 200 students from grades six through nine.
In addition to his educational achievements, Darrell was also an enthusiastic member of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where he led the Sunday school and helped out with choir duties. Darrell was not the only noteworthy member of the church, however. In fact, he was not even the only member to have a Dallas public school named after, as the church’s membership included other Dallas figures such as John P. Starks, Clarence F. Carr, Julia C. Frazier and Charles Rice, who enjoyed the same honor. Dr. Marcellus C. Cooper, the first African-American dentist in Dallas, served as one of the pallbearers at Darrell’s funeral. Darrell was also a member of the 707 Frederick Douglas Temple, the local Black Masonic Lodge chapter in Dallas. He is buried at the L. Butler Nelson Cemetery, which is fittingly located next to Lincoln High School.BIBLIOGRAPHY/CITINGS:https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fdaas article by Daniel J. Nabors
Dallas Express, April 5, 1919. Dallas Morning News, February 23, 1987; October 1, 1918; June 18, 1905; October 1, 1918; December 16, 1913. “The History of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church,” Bethel AME Dallas (http://www.forministry.com/USTXAFMECBAC1/History.dsp), accessed February 12, 2012. Michael Hubbard, “DISD’s Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy says ‘Yes We Can,’” Dallas South News, March 15, 2011 (http://www.dallassouthnews.org/2011/03/15/disds-barack-obama-male-leadership-academy-says-yes-we-can/), accessed February 12, 2012. Robert Prince, A History of Dallas From Another Perspective (Dallas: Nortex Publishing, 1993).