The Frisco ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday to name the District’s eighth high school after longtime Superintendent Dr. Rick Reedy, who retired earlier this year.
The school will be built at the southwest corner of Stonebrook Parkway and 4th Army Memorial Road and will open in fall 2015 to relieve Frisco and Wakeland high schools.
It is just the second time the District has named a high school after an individual. Wakeland High School is named for Reedy's predecessor, Justin Wakeland, who served as the District’s superintendent from 1978 to 1997.
An educator for 43 years, Reedy served Frisco ISD students for 37 years as a teacher and coach, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent.
During his 16-year tenure as superintendent, the District grew from 3,700 students to almost 43,000, and from 433 employees to 5,400. With a community focused on smaller schools, FISD grew from five schools to 56, passing four bond referendums totaling over $1.6 billion. No school district in the country has grown faster in the last 20 years.
Early in his tenure as superintendent, Reedy worked to form the Frisco Education Foundation, which has since given out more than $2 million in student scholarships and $330,000 in grants to educators.
Among his honors locally, Reedy has been listed in the Collin County Business Journal’s 21 Leaders for the 21st Century; has been honored with the Frisco Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year Award; was honored as a Living Legend for 2009 by the Collin College Foundation and was presented the Chamber’s Visionary Award in 2013.
In the spring of 2013, the Frisco ISD Council of PTAs honored Reedy with the National Lifetime Achievement Award and they purchased the clock tower component of Hope Park in his name.
Reedy High School will be a fitting tribute to his many years of service and leadership.
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Construction of the new school will begin this summer. It will have an initial maximum capacity of 2,100 students when it opens in August 2015.
The school will feature arches and dark brick as part of a Romanesque design still being finalized by architectural firm SHW Group.
The zoning process to create attendance boundaries for Reedy High School will begin in fall 2014, with opportunities for parents and the community to provide input during regularly scheduled Board meetings.
Construction of Independence High School, Frisco ISD’s seventh high school, is already underway at 10555 Independence Parkway.
The zoning process to create boundaries for Independence will begin this fall with a final decision expected in October or November. Independence will relieve Heritage, Liberty and Centennial high schools when it opens in fall 2014.
New School Construction
- Enrollment in Frisco ISD schools recently surpassed 43,000 students and is expected to climb by about 3,000 students each year. To meet the demands of increasing student enrollment, the District plans to open two new elementary schools in fall 2014, in addition to Independence High School. One new middle school and one new elementary school are also expected to welcome students in fall 2015, along with Reedy High School.
Read more about construction plans.