It’s official: Frisco ISD’s 10th high school will be the home of the Memorial High School Warriors.
Students who will attend the school, located at 12300 Frisco Street, made suggestions for the school mascot and picked their favorite from a list of four finalists.
School colors are black and gold. The name, Memorial High School, honors the bravery and strength of those who serve others. A student-designed memorial space outside the school pays tribute to service, patriotism, sacrifice and freedom.
“I’m most excited about bringing it all together and creating something that’s ours,” said Memorial Principal Jennifer Redden, whose school will draw students from six existing Frisco ISD schools.
Originally planned to open in fall 2017 with students in grades 9-10, Memorial is opening this August with grades 9-11. School attendance zones were set in December.
Redden has been busy reaching out to parents and meeting with future students. That includes visits to Maus, Staley and Trent middle schools, as well as Heritage, Lone Star and Wakeland high schools.
“The culture on each campus is different, but they all have great kids,” Redden said. “I want students to have a voice in deciding what Memorial will be all about.”
Students first got that opportunity this winter, when Warriors received the most votes for school mascot.
“I feel like a part of me is still a Ranger in some way,” said Trent Middle School eighth grader Jurnee Brinson the day she cast her ballot, “but whatever mascot we choose for Memorial, it will still be my school.”
Brinson, whose older sister attends Lone Star High School, has spent the last few years cheering for the Rangers and always assumed she would attend there as well.
“When I first found out I was going to Memorial, it was scary and exciting at the same time because Lone Star was all I really knew,” she said. “It’s exciting because I get to experience something new that no one has ever experienced before.”
Opening a new school does come with advantages. Students, parents and staff help determine new school traditions. Students launch new clubs and organizations and get leadership opportunities they might not have had otherwise.
It’s also a chance for students to make new friends and get a fresh start in a different environment.
“I think it’s exciting to meet new people because there are so many opportunities that come with making connections with other people,” said Brinson, who opened Trent as a sixth grader in 2015.
Memorial students will bring a variety of experiences and perspectives to the school, helping to shape what it means to be a Warrior.
“I think it will be a good experience,” said Anthony Mancuso, another eighth grader at Trent. “Trying something new is a good thing. If you learn to adapt to different things, I think it helps you later in life.”
Memorial High School will offer the same athletic and fine arts programs as other Frisco ISD high schools, including varsity team sports. Students will compete in the 5A classification and in the same district as the nine other FISD high schools in every sport except varsity football. In varsity football, Memorial will join Frisco, Reedy and Lebanon Trail high schools in 7-5A Division II, along with Denison, Denton Braswell, Lake Dallas, Lovejoy and Princeton.
Redden hopes to build a family-friendly environment at Memorial focused on doing what’s best for students.
“We are here for kids and to build those relationships,” she said. “I really want to be a small community within the big community of Frisco ISD.”
Schools Opening in August 2018
Memorial High School is just one of four new Frisco ISD campuses opening this fall. Other new campuses include:
- Lawler Middle School, 12921 Rolater Road
- Talley Elementary School, 5900 Coit Road
- Liscano Elementary School, 11222 Mammoth Cave Lane