As the population increased, so, too, did the need for local infrastructure, especially schools. The Murray School District (founded 1866) provided the one-, then two-room, school the community needed through the early 1960s. It then struggled to provide facilities and programs to the rapidly expanding community. Many schools were built, opened, and sometimes closed through the 1980s. In response to community needs, the Dublin Unified School District was formed in 1988.
Dublin remained an unincorporated area of Alameda County until 1982. Starting in the late 1960s, residents became increasingly unhappy with the lack of infrastructure and control over their community’s growth and safety. The Valley Community Services District, now known as the Dublin San Ramon Services District, provided sewer, recreation, and fire services, but it had limited taxing resources and no control over land use. After two previous efforts, the community voted in 1981 to incorporate as a city. The City of Dublin came into existence on February 1, 1982. Since then, Dublin’s growth continued. From an initial city population in 1981 of nearly 14,000, Dublin had grown to over 65,000 by 2020.