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The Cab Calloway School of the Arts

Arts + Academics = Excellence
Julie A. Rumschlag, Dean
Angela X. Freeman, Assistant Dean

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100 N. DuPont Road
Wilmington, Delaware 19807
(302) 651-2700

Class Pages:
Senior Class of 2005
Junior Class of 2005
Sophomore Class of 2005
Freshman Class of 2005

In 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.

Around 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 musical artists.

In 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.

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