History of Coppell Independent School District
There was a school - likely a log cabin - in the Coppell area (renamed from "Gibbs Station") as early as the 1870s. In 1879, school was held in the Grapevine Springs (historic park in Coppell) Methodist Chapel and seemingly occupied a number of local church buildings over time. By at least 1897, Coppell had its very own school building, and an even newer two-story building served students at the turn of the century. In 1927, the Dallas County School System acquired six acres of land in Coppell along present Southwestern Boulevard for $900, upon which a new brick building was built. Two rural schools, Gentry School and Bethel School, consolidated with Coppell School and moved into the new building, part of which is, today, Pinkerton Elementary. In 1928, Coppell School had 175 students in grades one through eight. Upon finishing the eighth grade, students attended Carrollton High School to graduate from the twelfth grade. Coppell school ceased to be a county school in 1959 when the Coppell Independent School District was Created In the early 1960s, a decision was made to expand Coppell School into a full twelve-grade school, and a grade was added per year until 1965. Until 1963, Coppell athletic teams were known as the Coppell Tigers. Then, because of the new professional football team in Dallas, and because Coppell was home to a junior rodeo, the mascot changed to the Coppell Cowboys. First High School Class graduated from Coppell High School in 1965. In 1967 a second school building was built to house grades seven through twelve; that building is the current location of Coppell Middle School West. Coppell School was renamed as Pinkerton Elementary.
As rapid city growth continued after 1967, Coppell Middle School was located on the same site as Coppell High School
Student growth in Coppell ISD averaged over 16% from the mid-1980s. Today, as one of the largest employers in Coppell, with over 1200 employees, Coppell ISD is comprised of sixteen campuses serving nearly 12,391 students in grades PreK-12. The district includes ten elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools, and an alternative campus. Current growth projections of between 200 and 250 new students per year (for the next five years) indicates more schools will be needed.
This high-performing and diverse public school system has earned a statewide and national reputation as a leading innovator in transformative and engaged learning for the 21st century. It proudly educates with a whole-child philosophy in mind boasting state and national championships in academics, athletics, and the fine and performing arts. In 2015, a record 37 National Merit Semifinalists were named in a district where a rigorous curriculum helps prepare 92% of all graduates to continue their educational pursuits at the university level.
The Coppell Independent School District is conveniently located approximately ten minutes north east of the Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport in the North Texas area. Although the City of Coppell is just over 14 sq. mi. in size, the school district spans over 23 sq. mi. in the cities of Coppell, as well as portions of Dallas, Irving, Lewisville, and Grapevine.
(Special thanks to Wheelice “Pete” Wilson, Jr. and the Coppell Historical Society for their early timeline contributions.)