FriscoFrisco an affluent city in Collin and Denton counties in Texas. It is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, and is approximately 25 miles (40 km) from both Dallas Love Field and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Beautiful homes and landscapes abound here and luxury is the name of the game. Speaking of games, The Dallas Cowboys opened The Star, their world headquarters located on a 91-acre campus along the “Billion Dollar Mile”. In addition to playing home to the corporate offices and practice facility, The Star features the Ford Center ‒ a state-of-the-art indoor football stadium that hosts a variety of events, an entertainment district lined with restaurants and shops, the Omni hotel, a medical center and more. The campus offers an experience for fans worldwide to take a look inside the entire operation of the Dallas Cowboys. (courtesy The Star In Frisco) There’s plenty of fun to be found in Frisco! Want to skydive but not jump out of a plane? Try iFLY, an indoor skydiving experience. Climb to new heights at Canyons Rock Climbing Gym a premier indoor climbing gym. How about shopping? Frisco is home to one of the largest shopping malls in North Texas, Stonebriar Mall as well as many boutiques and chains.
- Big-name employers, such as the PGA, are creating thousands of jobs in Frisco, but residents love that it still feels like a small town.
- Annual events, such as Arts in the Square, Frisco Freedom Fest on the 4th of July and Frisco’s famous Christmas in the Square, are some of the city’s most beloved holiday events.
- Frisco has received the designation Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
HISTORYFrisco, Texas got its start from hardy pioneers who helped settle one of America’s newest states: Texas, admitted to the Union in 1845. Most families who came to the north Texas prairie followed the Preston Trail (today’s Preston Road), a trail that began as an Indian footpath from the Red River south to Austin. Later, the route was known as the Shawnee Trail upon which millions of longhorn cattle were driven to markets in the north. The trail followed a high ridge of white rock that provided a dry path for the cattle. A Texas State Historic Marker about the Shawnee Trail is located at Collin College’s Frisco Campus. A community grew around this train stop. Seeing the growth and opportunities, many residents of Lebanon decided to move and some even moved their houses to the new community on logs. The new town was originally named Emerson, but that name was rejected by the U.S. Postal Service as being too similar to another town in Texas. In 1904, the residents chose the name Frisco City in honor of the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway and later shortened it to its present name, Frisco. Frisco remained an agricultural center for decades, boasting five cotton gins at one time. The population remained below 2,000 residents until a growth spurt in the 1980s foreshadowed what was to come. By 1990, Frisco’s location, its quality of life and visionary leadership contributed to it becoming the fastest growing city in the nation with a population of about 120,000 in 2011. Today Frisco’s population is over 150,000. (Courtesy Frisco Visitors Bureau)
SCHOOLSFrisco Independent School District is one of the fastest growing public school districts in the nation with new students joining us every day from across Texas, the nation and the world. Many families choose to call FISD home due to the outstanding reputation for academic excellence, innovative programs and wealth of extracurricular opportunities and experiences. At the heart of FISD success is a small-schools model that has guided the District through three decades of explosive enrollment growth. With the support of parents and the community, leaders remain committed to creating small, personalized learning environments, as evidenced by our mission to know every student by name and need. Elementary schools serve 700-plus students in grades K-5, middle schools serve 800-1,000 students in grades 6-8 and high schools serve up to 2,100 students in grades 9-12. (New high schools open with fewer grade levels and add one grade level a year until they serve grades 9-12.) Frisco ISD currently enrolls more than 56,000 students in 9 high schools, 16 middle schools, 40 elementary schools and 3 special programs schools. The 2014 bond program will provide funds for more facilities to meet the needs of up to 66,000 students. FISD is located about 30 miles north of Dallas, Texas, and encompasses 75 square miles in Collin and Denton counties, including most of the City of Frisco and portions of neighboring Plano, McKinney and Little Elm. (Courtesy Frisco ISD)
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