Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 12, Number 2, Fall, 2000 Page: 23
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ness and civic leadership, he understood the
importance of projecting an affluent image. The
three-story Colonial Revival mansion he purchased
at the northwest corner of Peak and Swiss
met that standard. Its pedigree of ownership was
also impressive. "Walter Sharp, an oilman active
in the development of Spindletop and later one
of the first directors of what is today Texaco,
Inc.," built the palatial residence circa I90o.9 The
property cost Terrill $20,000, a sum possible only
through a loan from his father. His own $4,000
savings bought the furnishings and paid for renovations.10
Terrill remodeled the residence by
converting the third floor into a boarding facility.
The school dining room, parlor, library, game
room, and headmaster's office were on the first
floor. A large carriage house and barn behind the
house was converted into classrooms, a library,
assembly hall, and science laboratory.
As soon as he acquired the property, Terrill
placed a brief prospectus for the new school in
The Dallas Morning News. Mr. E. A. DeWitt,
who had done business with him while Terrill
was president of North Texas Normal and had
become an admirer of the educator, immediately
wrote asking to enroll his son, Roscoe, as the first
student. George Bannerman Dealey, vice president
and manager of The News, was also
intrigued by Terrill's announcement and instigated
inquiries. His brother, Dr. James Quayle
Dealey, a professor living in Hartford, Connecticut,
visited with the Dean of Yale and
reported a glowing commendation. The Belo
family, which owned The Dallas Morning News,
also spoke highly of Terrill.l As a result, G. B.
Dealey's sons, Walter and Ted, became the
second and third students to enroll. The well
known and highly regarded newspaper executive's
endorsement of the Terrill School went
down well among the leading families of Dallas,
The Terrill School, Swiss Avenue and Peak
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