Oak Cliff Barber College Is “Permanently” Closed
Less than two months ago, students at Oak Cliff Barber College suspected the school was poised to go out of business. First, a sign promoting student enrollment disappeared from the display window. Then came news reports that a dispute between the college’s three owners placed the college’s future in limbo.
One owner told Oak Cliff People that a compromise might be reached. Clearly, that didn’t happen. During a Sunday morning jog on Jefferson Boulevard, I noticed the building had been cleaned out overnight. No more barber chairs, no more client seating. Just a sign unceremoniously announcing that the business is permanently closed.
It’s a shame this 50-year-old institution has shuttered. Roughly 30 young entrepreneurs were enrolled at the time, and a few expressed concerns to me about losing their $2,500 tuition and academic progress. When I went a week ago, a few of the students had already dropped out, prompting a couple of young men to resettle into the coveted chairs by the entrance.
As someone who got acquainted with a few of the personalities there, I’d like to wish these young men the best. Let us know how you’re doing.