Daniel H. Stanton Elementary School grew out of a dream. The dream of people living in a community in southeast Atlanta called Peoplestown. This group of people, more specifically, Sarah Baker, Grace Barksdale, Alberta Chastain, Alice Glass, Carrie Jones, Ollie Crutchfield Powell, Reverend and Mrs. L. W. Hope, Henry Phillips, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Weems, Reverend H. F. Green, John Gresham, and Mrs. James Stanley, were deeply concerned about the boys and girls of this community who were walking a long distance to attend Thomas Slater Elementary which was located across the railroad tracks. This concern became a problem that needed to be solved.
Emerging as the Peoplestown Civic League with Mr. Phipps as spokesman, this group presented its story to the Atlanta Board of Education. The Board sat up and took notice. They were impressed by the story and promised to do something about it.
A committee headed by Mr. John Gresham and assisted by Mr. John C. Calhoun found a site and recommended it as a desirable location for a school. Mrs. Powell and Mrs. Baker presented the name of a minister who had been a source of spiritual inspiration to the community, Daniel Hector Stanton, as the name for the new school. Both the site and the name were approved by the Atlanta Board of Education.
In September of 1958, the doors of D.H. Stanton Elementary School were opened with Mr. J. Y. Moreland as principal. The school plant consisted of sixteen teaching stations, a library, a cafeteria, an auditorium, and administrative offices. There were eighteen teachers and 600 bright eyed, smiling pupils. The dream of the parents in the community had become a reality. Their children no longer had to cross over the railroad tracks to get to school.
In 1960, Daniel H. Stanton was under the leadership of Mrs. Gwendolyn L. George. After experiencing an increase in enrollment and after twelve additional portable classrooms were needed, a new phase of building was begun in 1966.
The additional space was put into operation during the 1968-69 school years. The new addition included sixteen classrooms, two multi-purpose rooms, a resource center, a materials center, a reading center, a guidance center, a cafeteria, and an auditorium.
The new classrooms featured the latest concepts in architectural design and interior decoration for schools during that era. The teaching stations were designed in clusters or open classrooms which were conducive to team teaching and individualized instruction. Carpeting enhanced the beauty of the units and afforded teachers and students the opportunity for an environment conducive to a positive teaching and learning environment.