McSpedden Elementary

School Dedication Honors Sonny and the Late Joanne McSpedden

Oct 10, 2014

Sonny McSpedden Shakes Hand of StudentStudents, parents and community members joined educators and special guests for a dedication ceremony on October 5 at Frisco ISD’s McSpedden Elementary School.

The celebration honored T.H. (Sonny) and the late Joanne McSpedden, involved parents who actively supported our schools. Read more about the school’s namesakes.

“The Frisco schools and the Frisco community would not be the wonderful places they are today without the countless hours of volunteerism and support of Sonny McSpedden and his late wife Joanne,” said Frisco ISD School Board President Anne McCausland. “The importance of their service can be seen throughout the community with the Frisco Community Parade, in their church and the Frisco Heritage Center and Museum, just to name a few.”

Sonny McSpedden served two terms as a School Board member during the years FISD built a new high school - now the site of Staley Middle School and Memorial Stadium and track - from 1970 through 1976. 

“The McSpeddens helped establish and then were loyal to the traditions of the community,” said former Frisco ISD Superintendent Dr. Rick Reedy. “Along with other active parents, they helped establish the Frisco homecoming parade in the early 1960s. They built floats for 30 plus years in support of that tradition and then were catalysts in keeping the celebration alive when multiple high schools made it less feasible.”

Sonny and Joanne both graduated from Frisco High School, as did their three children. 

“The true measure of support of school patrons can be noted by attendance at school events, when neither a child nor a grandchild is participating,” Reedy said. “Sonny and Joanne never stopped being true to their school, even when they didn’t know any of the kids competing. If they wore the school colors, to them they were kin.”

McSpedden Elementary, located at 14140 Countrybrook Drive in Frisco, opened in August under the leadership of Principal Heather Meek.

During the ceremony, guests enjoyed a special performance of the McSpedden Elementary choir, under the direction of music teacher Curtis Schettler. Refreshments and tours of the school were also available.

McSpedden Elementary was designed by architect Corgan and built by construction manager Core Construction. Its capacity is 760 students.

Sonny with McSpedden Principal Heather Meek

McSpedden Family