1992, a group of parents approached the Red Clay Consolidated
School District with a proposal to establish a Creative and Performing
Arts Middle School. The idea stemmed from the desire to ensure
a quality education for students while nurturing their individual
talents and artistic abilities. Studies showed that schools specializing
in the arts had a more positive influence on children than those
that solely provided academic curriculums. The Red Clay Consolidated
District found space on the Wilmington High School campus, and
the first public arts school in Delaware was created, providing
education for 125 students in grades six and seven.
this time, American jazz icon, Cab Calloway, and his wife moved
to Delaware to be close to their daughter, Cabella Calloway Langsam.
Calloway gave his time, talent and love to the new arts school
and in November 1992, cut the ribbon at its official grand opening.
A year later, the school was renamed the “Cab Calloway School
of the Arts” (CCSA) in his honor. In 1994, our students were chosen
to sing before thousands of people in the Cathedral of St. John
the Divine in Harlem at a memorial service held in his honor.
Our students entertained Hillary Rodham Clinton, performed with
Bob McGrath from the original cast of Sesame Street, represented
the State of Delaware with their dancing and singing at The Kennedy
Center in Washington, D.C., and worked with various world renowned
1993, an eighth grade curriculum was added and enrollment reached
200. The school expanded again in 1996 to include grades nine
and ten. Grades eleven and twelve followed, and in June of 2000,
the first senior class graduated.