Frisco ISD formally celebrated the opening of three of its newest schools during dedication ceremonies this month.
The ceremonies honored namesakes of the schools for their service to the United States and support of FISD students and the greater community.
Talley Elementary, 5900 Coit Road
Sunday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m.
A Frisco High School graduate, Kenneth “Rex” Talley enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1955, serving four years in special forces and intelligence while stationed abroad. When he returned home, he became involved in many community activities as a young father and served on the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees, including time as Board president. He also served on the Planning and Zoning Commission throughout the 1990s at a time when Frisco began to experience its rapid growth. As the owner of Ken’s Lumber from 1973-2003, Talley was generous in his support and donations to the causes of young people or those in need.
“His mantra was ‘It’s not about me’ and that’s how he lived his life,” said Rex’s brother Tom Talley. “He was a true humanitarian. He loved people and he loved kids. His greatest joy in life was helping kids.”
Liscano Elementary, 11222 Mammoth Cave Lane
Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m.
A Vietnam War veteran, Carlos Liscano worked for more than four decades at Gould National Battery, later known as Exide Technologies. He retired in 2011 as assistant plant manager. Through his position, Liscano was able to help many students at risk of dropping out of school. He was frequently called upon by former Frisco ISD Superintendent Dr. Rick Reedy, then principal at Frisco High School, when students said they needed to quit school in order to work and help support their families. Liscano helped many students get part-time jobs and inspired them to continue their education and go to college.
"I can't think of a more rewarding acknowledgment than to be linked to this school and the endless opportunities that the children of this school will have in Frisco and America," Liscano said in accepting the honor. "Children are always the future of our society and great country."
Lawler Middle School, 12921 Rolater Road
Sunday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m.
Lawler Middle School sits on the site of what was part of the extensive Lawler farm, owned by Roger Lawler, longtime Frisco resident and landowner. In 2014, he and his wife, Jody, gifted the Frisco Education Foundation with $1 million to endow scholarship funds for students who would not otherwise be able to attend college due to financial hardship. Lawler served in both the Navy and US Marine Corps Reserves in the 1940s and 50s. He worked for United Airlines and then NACA, the predecessor of NASA, before buying his first farm in Frisco at Coit Road and SH 121 in 1963.
"Some people are just larger than life and he is unforgettable," said Lawler's granddaughter, Laura Parker. "Hard work and education are the foundations that he always talks about. Everything else can be built on that."
A celebration for Memorial High School, which is the fourth new school that opened this August, will be held in the spring around Memorial Day.