In the year 1905, the parents in the
town of Dublin recognized the
extreme need for a school in the community. The
public schools at this time were in
season for only a period of five months a year. Upon investigation,
it was found that it would be necessary to
have a boarding
department in order that the school might function financially.
Originally, three buildings were built
through subscription of private funds. These buildings included a
boys’ dormitory, the Academic Building, and a general dining hall
combined with the girls’ dormitory. A second boys’ dormitory was
added in the year 1907. The athletic department was coached by
college men, and in many instances the school competed with
This school was operated very successfully
as a private school until 1911 when it was taken over by the county
and made into a public high school.
In 1922 a new building was built to
take the place of the old wooden academic building. The cost of
construction, $20,000 for the building and $5,000 for equipment, was
raised by bond issue.
The first vocational agriculture class was
conducted and taught at DHS by the principal, F.H. Jordan, in 1922.
These classes were held in the lower floor of the new building. In
1937, a home economics department was added to the curriculum at
Dublin. In the summer of 1938, a new, modern agriculture building
was constructed to replace the old quarters formerly used by this
department. Three more classrooms were added to the high school at
this same time, a library, a senior classroom, and a sixth grade
In 1939, Dublin High School consolidated
with Belspring High School to bring the total enrollment to
approximately 300. During this time, four buses were used to
transport students to Dublin.
A steady growth of population caused by
increased industry in the area made the DHS building of 1939
completely obsolete. A bond issue was passed by the people of
Pulaski County which enabled
them to build a new $1,000,000 high school which opened at Dublin in
The school included a separate Agriculture
Building and a completely modern Home Economics Department. The
consolidation of Dublin and Draper High Schools at this time
resulted in an enrollment of approximately 700 students.
Ultimately, the enrollment climbed to approximately 1300 students.
The [total county-wide] enrollment of
approximately 2500 students in high schools in the county made it
necessary for the people of Pulaski County to pass another bond
issue—this one for $6,000,000—to build a new consolidated Pulaski
County High School. The projected enrollment for this new
super-school was 2000 students. This number reflected the total
number of Pulaski County high school students in grades 9-12.