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Dr. J.M. Ogle Elementary Dedicated (September, 2006)

The descendants of Dr. J.M. Ogle were on hand September 10 to dedicate the elementary school named in honor of this Frisco pioneer. Ogle Elementary School is the first Frisco Independent School District facility to be built in the McKinney portion of FISD. It is located in Craig Ranch.

D’ Ann Watson Kleinman, great-granddaughter of Dr. Ogle, spoke of her family’s stories of this early Frisco physician. She recalled her grandmother speaking to her about the doctor being willing to take whatever a patient could afford to pay for his services, be it a quarter, a chicken, or eggs. Ogle was a leader in the early days of this portion of Collin County, serving both as Mayor of Frisco and President of the Frisco School Board. He was a great supporter of education and a man who embraced new technology and ideas. He is known to have been one of the first people in Frisco to own a car.

Dr. Ogle’s wife, Clara, was one of the founders of the mother’s organization that was a predecessor to the Parent Teacher Association in Frisco. More than one descendant of the family have entered the education profession. David Watson, who is the husband of Sue Northcutt Watson, one of Dr. Ogle’s granddaughters, teaches Texas History at Staley Middle School.

Ogle’s granddaughter Ann Long accepted the photograph of the school from Dr. Reedy and Principal Laurie Tinsley. She also helped unveil the bronze sculpture of her grandfather.

Principal Laurie Tinsley told the audience that it was her hope that someday a student who had attended Ogle would follow in Dr. Ogle’s footsteps and serve on the Frisco School Board or become Mayor of McKinney.

Dr. Ogle’s historic home is still standing in Frisco, it is the home of Clyde and Suzanne Kerley located at the corner of Oak Street and North County Road. The two story home was constructed with wood recycled from an early Frisco area school known as the Howard School.