Our History

At DuBow Preschool & Martin J. Gottlieb Day School

Our school is proud of its rich history.

The Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, founded in 1961, and the DuBow Preschool, founded in 1944, are part of the Jacksonville Jewish Center complex which also encompasses the synagogue and sits on 35 beautiful wooded acres of land. When the day school originally opened its doors as the “Foundation School” the Jacksonville Jewish Center was located in Springfield and students arrived on buses. Whether students attended the Foundation School or the Solomon Schechter Day School or the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, graduates have gone on to serve important roles around the world. From teachers, doctors, lawyers, scientists, artists, and athletes, our alumni have left their mark in many different ways. Alumni continually report back that they are grateful for their education and the strong Jewish foundation they received while attending the school. Our alumni continue to practice tikkun olam and mitzvot, Jewish values they learned as students at our school. Many of our alumni now have children and grandchildren attending the school. Some of our alumni have even returned to teach in the school.

The day school’s namesake, Martin J. Gottlieb, a graduate of the Jacksonville Jewish Center’s Solomon Schechter Day School, was a man of integrity and compassion. He was a successful businessman who was proud of his Jewish heritage and its honored traditions and took great pleasure in service to others within the Jewish community as well as the greater Jacksonville community. Martin J. Gottlieb’s legacy sets the standard for today’s day school students. A fact about Marty that resonates with current students is that he loved to send pizza to the troops. Our students send pizza to members of the IDF every year in his memory.

The DuBow Preschool is founded on the commitment and passion for education embodied by Laurie DuBow and family. Mr. DuBow is adamant that everything we do should be "all about the children.” Watch the video below to hear directly from Mr. DuBow about his passion and love for ensuring all children receive the best possible education.

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