Forest Avenue High School, now James Madison, closed its doors in 1956, but some alumni include TV producer Aaron Spelling and Stanley Marcus of Neiman-Marcus. In 1983, the alumni made sure the school artifacts were archived at the Dallas Public Library, but at DJHS we house a small collection of artifacts from from individuals and families who attended.

Here we have the name tag of Hilda Cobbel, she wore it at the Forest Avenue High School class reunion of 1935. It includes her graduation photo and a button that says “Fight Forest Fight” in one of the school colors, Forest green.

Over her life, Hilda Cobbel was mentioned multiple times in the Texas Jewish Post, most notably for the JCC Purim Ball, where she was a Purim queen representing the Hadassah B & P Group in 1952. 

Hilda Cobbel Collection