Promoting and preserving the rich history of Grand Prairie, Texas. by collecting, preserving and interpreting the history through committed volunteers who translate to others while maintaining the highest standards of excellence.


Rho Kappa at South Grand Prairie High School (GPHO Life Member group), is an honors social studies group under the direction of Sarah Terrace (GPHO Life Member), whose students researched the support of Grand Prairie in this historical world event.

The program included:

  • Presenting the colors and the Pledge of Allegiance
  • The opening prayer was from the Campaign Prayer Book, which was published and distributed to American Service personnel in World War I.


Grand Prairie Historical Organization Building/Museum
1516 W. Main Street, Grand Prairie, TX 75050 (Old Bankhead Highway)

Join us for a history of Bass & Hays foundry. Speaker, Paul Mayfield VP of Sales, will present this history. He has been employed with Bass & Hays for 34 years.

Located in Grand Prairie by the old US naval Air Base, the Land was purchased in the 1930's by founder, Marvin Hays, and was the original home in this area to the Hays family. Bass & Hays has produced gray iron castings for many years. The company remains 100% family owned and operated.

LUNCH $10.00 *** Please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Before NOON on Wednesday, May 17th.


Become a member and be THE FIRST TO KNOW about the GP Historical Organization's events coming up for 2017.


The Grand Prairie Independent School District currently serves more than 26,000 students within the Dallas County boundary of Grand Prairie. There are 39 campuses which consists of 23 elementary schools, eight middle schools, one ninth grade center, three high schools, two alternative schools, one collegiate institute and one arts academy. This is a long way from their humble beginnings in 1902. By 1904 ten formal grades had been formed. The next year the first school bonds were issued totaling $8,000. The money built a two-story building at 214 West College Street to create Grand Prairie High School. In 1911, the first graduating class with only four students completes the high school program. The high school moved to its current location in 1951.


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Meeting Schedule

Thursday, May 18 @ 11:30 am - LUNCH
Regular Meeting Bass-Hays Foundry History

Saturday, June 17, 1 :00PM-3:00PM
GPHO Dechman & Goodman Awards

Saturday, July 29, 9am - 2pm
Bus Tour of GP Historical Markers

Thursday, August 17, 6:30PM - DINNER
Regular Meeting, Program TBD

Saturday, October 7, 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Pioneer Day & Museum Grand Opening Celebration

Thursday, November 16 11:30AM - LUNCH
Regular Meeting, Program TBD

*The GPHO Board meets the second Monday of each month.

Current Officers

The board would appreciate hearing from any of our members willing to fill a vacancy on the board or serve on a committee. Your involvement in the Grand Prairie Historical Organization is valuable to us. Please email

Book: Historic Grand Prairie

An Illustrated History | By Kathy A. Goolsby

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