The Marvin E. Robinson School of Business and Management at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center hosted a school renaming ceremony Friday.

This renowned high school magnet program, formerly known as School of Business and Management at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, was named after the late Dr. Marvin E. Robinson.

Among the speakers during the ceremony were Principal Joseph Pouncy, United States Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, City of Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Carolyn King Arnold, members of the Robinson family, Dallas ISD Trustee Maxie Johnson and alumni fromSouthern University – Robinson’s alma mater.

“I’ve Seen evidence at this location of dedication to equity, creating opportunities to students and an overall pride surrounding the School of Business and Management,” Joseph Pouncy, principal at Marvin E. Robinson School of Business and Management at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center said. “These things are a direct reflection of what Dr. Robinson represents and I’m overjoyed to be here and a part of Dr. Robinson’s legacy.”

Dr. Marvin E. Robinson organized civil rights protests throughout the South during the 1960s before becoming an advocate for Black business leadership and equity in Dallas. He attended Southern University, Louisiana’s largest historically Black university, in Baton Rouge, where he was elected student government president. In 1960 helped organize sit-ins at segregated lunch counters and a march on the Louisiana State Capitol.

In 1976, Robinson was put in charge of transforming Dallas’ Crozier Technical High School into the city’s Business and Management Magnet High School where he was the only Black director of such an institution.

About Dr. Marvin E. Robinson

Dr. Robinson was a pillar of the Dallas community not only because of his leadership in business, but also because of his community service. Dr. Robinson has been involved in the Dallas County Salvation Army, the Dallas Park and Recreation Department, the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, the Advisory Council for Technical Vocational Education, and Dallas Dash with the Disabled, among many other local organizations. As a patron of the arts, Dr. Robinson served as the Board President of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre for 20 years. In 2007, Dr. Robinson received the Dallas Historical Society’s Award for Excellence in Community Service. He passed away in 2021, leaving behind his beloved wife, three children and six grandchildren.

About Dallas ISD’s Magnet Programs

Dallas ISD offers students more than 30 magnet schools where they can study subjects ranging from the arts and leadership to STEM and communications at every grade level. Our competitive, specialized magnet programs offer Dallas students some of the most recognized programs in the country. The highly- esteemed School for the Talented and Gifted at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center and the prestigious Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts are consistently among the top-ranked schools in the state and nation.

Graduates of these schools go on to respected colleges and universities across the country and have emerged as leaders and innovators in their field. Whether your child is interested in business, law, STEM, or the arts, Dallas ISD’s Magnet Schools provide an array of high-quality, diverse programs for your budding scholar. Learn more about each Magnet program here.