Portia Ross Taylor grew up in Terrell and graduated from Bishop College with the goal of becoming a teacher.
Portia was a longtime and beloved teacher at the Hamilton School, a school that served students in the Black community from 1924 until Frisco ISD integrated in 1964. The school is no longer there but it was located at the corner of Ash and First Street in downtown Frisco. The wooden building had two rooms split down the middle by a breezeway and served as a church on Sundays. The building had no running water and was heated by a wood-burning stove, had outhouses for restrooms and used books from the all-white school.
Portia was one of two teachers and taught students in grades one through four. Portia lived in Frisco during the week while teaching and returned to Dallas on the weekends to be with her family. Her husband would drive her both ways.
According to former students, she would walk them home and eat supper and stay with their families during the week. For 34 years she taught students and instilled a love of learning. Her legacy lives on in those she inspired to become educators, including several family members.
If your child is absent from school, please contact the campus with this form before 8:30 AM. Phone calls are a courtesy, but this form is the only means for official absence reporting.
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