Billy Earl Dade’s daughter inspires students at school named after father


The daughter of Billy Earl Dade encouraged students at her father’s namesake middle school to thrive at a special pinning ceremony.

Billie Sanford Dade hosted an award pinning ceremony at Dade Middle School to celebrate the many students demonstrating excellence at the school. Dade traveled from Atlanta to Dallas for the ceremony. Dade said the pinning ceremony was just the start of a partnership to support students at the school.

“My father was a person who believed that everyone should have a good education, regardless of where they live,” Dade said. “I know if my father were alive, he’d be deeply involved with this school. I decided I needed to do something for this school so the students know there are many people standing behind them to help them thrive.”

Billy Earl Dade was a legendary education figure who served as a principal at multiple Dallas ISD campuses, including Fredrick Douglass, Paul Dunbar, and C.F. Carr elementary schools.

Tom Hayden of Dallas ISD’s Strategic Initiatives and External Relations thanked Dade for traveling to Dallas for the powerful ceremony.

“It’s incredible that the outstanding legacy of exceptional education standards continues on in the lives of Dr. Dade’s daughter,” he said.

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