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Names Announced for Four Elementaries, a Middle and a High School. (February 2005)
The Frisco ISD Board approved the naming of 4 elementaries, a middle school opening in fall 2006 and Frisco's fourth high school which is slated to open in fall 2007.

Elementary Schools

Portia Taylor Elementary School: Opening 2006
(South of SH 121, between Coit Road and Independence Parkway, Plano)

Portia TaylorPortia Taylor – Mrs. Taylor was a long-time and beloved teacher at the Hamilton School, a school that served students in the black community from 1924 until FISD integrated in 1964. She grew up in Terrell and graduated from Bishop College. Students say she was like a mother to them – she lived in Dallas and her husband would drive her to Frisco each week to teach and she would go home on the weekends. According to former students, she would walk them home and eat supper and stay with their families during the week. For 34 years she taught students and instilled a love of learning; her legacy lived on as her sisters and cousins and many other family members were teachers. Mrs. Taylor died November 10, 2004, at the age of 99.

Isabel Pierce Sem Elementary School: Opening 2006
(Panther Creek North, north of Eldorado Parkway, between Preston Road and Coit Road)

Isabel Pierce SemIsabel Pierce Sem – Isabel Sem is a role model for public service and a champion for children. She and her family moved to Frisco in 1974 at which time she became involved in the Young Homemakers and the PTA. Encouraged to seek office, she became the first female school board member in 1977. She served until 1986 and during a time of major accomplishment, including the hiring of Dr. Justin Wakeland as Superintendent of Schools and the building of Rogers Elementary. She served again briefly in 1996 to finish the term for a member who had to move. During that year, Dr. Rick Reedy was hired as Superintendent. She has served on Citizen’s Bond Committees, co-chairing two successful campaigns in 1995 and 1998, and was a founding board member of the Frisco Education Foundation. Mrs. Sem continues to find ways to support this district and this community, demonstrating the love and passion for education instilled in her by her mother, who was a teacher. Both of Isabel and Harold Sem’s sons graduated from FHS.

Dr. J.M. Ogle Elementary School: Opening 2006
(Craig Ranch East, north of FM 3537, east of Custer Road, McKinney)

Dr. J.M. OgleDr. J.M. Ogle – Dr. Ogle was one of Frisco’s first outstanding physicians and had a major impact on the early development of this community. He was born in 1870 in Tennessy and moved with his family to Texas in 1882. Upon receiving his medical degree in 1901, he and his wife Clara Maynard of Plano moved to Erudia to begin his practice – Erudia was a small hamlet located approximately three miles northwest of what is now Frisco. He and others in Erudia saw the need for closer passenger and postal service by the Frisco Railroad and were instrumental in gaining the relocation of the post office and which then became Frisco in 1902. He moved into Frisco then and later built home in part with lumber salvaged from the old Howard School; the home he designed still stands on Oak Street. Dr. Ogle believed in civic duty and education, serving as mayor of Frisco and as a member of the school board; Mrs. Ogle helped organize what became the PTA and served as president for many years. Dr. Ogle died in 1944.

Weldon Corbell Elementary School: Opening 2006
(Within The Trails of West Frisco, between Teel Parkway and FM 423)

Weldon CorbellWeldon Corbell – At 6-5, Mr. Corbell was a man of great stature. But his presence was most felt through his life dedicated to his family, his friends and the education of young people. He was born in Garrett’s Bluff, Texas, near Paris in 1920, graduated from Paris High, and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from what is now Texas A&M commerce. He began his leadership roles in FISD, serving as principal of Frisco High School for 13 years. He then moved on to serve as superintendent of schools in Trinidad Independent School District for six years and superintendent in Little Elm ISD from 1974 until his retirement from public schools in 1981. He finished his career as assistant director of Community Schools in Texas in Austin and fully retired in 1984. He is remembered for his special attention to students who needed extra support and for his commitment to running an orderly school. A man with a big heart who carried a big stick, Mr. Corbell died in 2004 at the age of 83.

Middle School

Pat and Catherine Fowler Middle School: FISD's 7th Middle School - Opening 2006
Fowler Middle School will open as a "ninth grade center" in 2006, moving to a regular sixth- through eighth-grade middle school in 2007, coinciding with the opening of the district's fourth high school.
(Coit Road and McDermott Road, Plano)

Pat and Catherine FowlerPat and Catherine Fowler – When people think of Pat and Catherine Fowler they think of two long-time educators whose, hearts, hands and minds have left an indelible mark on the Frisco ISD and the communities it serves. Together, they have served students in Texas public schools for 60 years and in Frisco ISD for 40 years. James Patrick Fowler began his teaching career at South Oak Cliff High School and was named Dallas ISD’s Secondary Teacher of the Year in 1966. He served as both assistant principal and principal of Cary Junior High School in Dallas. Beginning in 1982 until his full retirement in 2000, he served as the business manager and assistant superintendent in FISD and was instrumental in positioning the district for the enormous growth it has experienced. He negotiated land deals, held the line on the budget and helped establish the district’s philosophy and culture.

Catherine Blanchard Fowler taught high school English at Lake Highlands High School in Richardson and also at Tyler Street Christian Academy in Dallas. She began her career in Frisco ISD serving as a library aide for one year; she then served as librarian at both Acker and Rogers Elementary Schools for 18 years. Mrs. Fowler became the first Facilitator of Library Services for Frisco ISD in 2001 and served in that capacity until her retirement in 2004. She was active on the District Improvement Team, the Frisco Education Foundation Board, and the Diversity Task Force.

The Fowlers have two sons who both graduated from Frisco High School and are active in the ministry.

High School

Liberty High School: High School #4 - Opening Fall 2007
(Near Rolater Road and Independence Parkway)

Liberty – Freedom. . . action going beyond normal limits. These are the words found in Webster’s Dictionary to define the meaning of the word Liberty. It is what our country was founded on and what our Constitution was written to defend. Many famous Americans have inspired others through their impassioned words regarding our liberty and freedoms. . . . Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty – John Fitzgerald Kennedy. It seems very fitting to give this name to our fourth high school during these times of renewed patriotism and service to others that is evidenced daily throughout our country, our communities and our school district. Together, this community strives to provide the best in opportunities for all students so that they can go out into the world and leave their mark as concerned citizens and leaders of a new century – a century that as those before will see unique challenges, inevitable change and continued efforts to uphold the belief in liberty and justice for all.

About Attendance Zones

Zones for these schools will be determined through the normal process – updated projections will be presented in October; proposed zones will be given to the board in November; a public hearing will be held in December; and a final decision will be made in January.