ABOUT JIMMY DAWSON
Jimmy Dawson has been Principal of Acton Middle School since June 2008. Mr. Dawson succeeded long-time Granbury educator Bobby Mabery after he retired. Jimmy Dawson came to Granbury in the spring of 2003 as the Principal of Granbury Middle School. Mr. Dawson served at GMS for 4 years, and helped GMS to it's first "Recognized" rating in the school's existence of it's new building. AMS celebrated their "Exemplary" rating by Texas Education Agency in 2011, and has worked to continue the "Exemplary" model daily. In 2016, AMS was designated as a "Texas School To Watch" by the Texas Middle School Association, and honored at the National Schools to Watch conference in Washington DC on June of 2017. Mr. Dawson attributes the success to a wonderful group of teachers who are dedicated and passionate for student learning. Now, AMS and GISD are continuously working to fully prepare students for college and beyond.
Jimmy Dawson grew up in Canyon, Texas where he graduated high school in 1988. Both his parents received their education degrees, and later opened their own Insurance and Financial Company where they retired from after 25 years of service. Mr. Dawson has been married for 25 years to his wife, Leah, who serves as the Librarian at Acton Elementary. He has two wonderful children, Drew (19) & Delaney (16). He attended Abilene Christian University and received a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education (1992). Mr. Dawson continued with his masters program while coaching and teaching at Borger ISD. He received his masters degree from West Texas A&M University (1996) and then attended Texas Tech University to complete his Superintendent Certification in 2000.
Mr. Dawson has served four years as Middle School Assistant Principal in Borger, Texas, four years Elementary Principal in Plainview, Texas, and now in his 15th year as Middle School Principal. He was honored twice by the Plainview Daily Herald as "Principal of the Year", nominated twice for Tarleton State's Effective Schools Instructional Leader award, and 2009 received the TSU Effective Schools "Instructional Leadership Award". In 2011, he was honored as a semi-finalist by HEB for the Principal Excellence in Education Award. Mr. Dawson has served on the Hood County United Way Board and has chaired the allocations committee in recent years. In 2018, the Hood County United Way awarded Mr. Dawson the "Because We Care" award for his Day of Service initiative at AMS. Also, Acton Middle School recognized him with the Distinguished Administrator Award from the Texas Music Educators Association for his support of the fine arts programs.
In his spare time, he has completed 12 half marathons before a hip replacement forced him to hit the elliptical. Jimmy has a private pilots license with over 280 hours of flying time, and enjoys playing golf. He really enjoys his family time with his wife and two children doing anything they can as a family making fun memories.
Mr. Dawson has been quoted by saying, "It is my pleasure to serve the students, faculty, parents, and community of Acton Middle School. Our campus is striving daily to help grow our students and prepare them to be college and career ready."