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Black and white photography of Walter Dyett over capitalized black text on a white background.  

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Two small union bugs on curl: one for GAU: Graphic Arts International Union, the other is only partial and indiscernible

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Walter Dyett, also known as Captain Dyett, was a violinist and music teacher in Chicago’s public schools from the 1930s to 1960s. Dyett had originally studied the violin in California and moved to Chicago in the 1920s, and became a teacher, most notably working at DuSable High School, where he taught for thirty years. Under Dyett, DuSable High became noted for its jazz musicians, churning out stars like Nat King Cole, Von Freeman, and Dorothy Young. Dyett died in 1968, but was honored in 2013 with a concert held by three DuSable alums who created songs based on Dyett’s famous sayings encouraging students to believe in themselves.

Reich, Howard. (2013, August 21). Saluting Capt. Walter Dyett, Who Made Stars at DuSable. The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved from:

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