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School Dedication Honors the Legacy of Jimmy and Sammy Lane Vaughn

Sep 21, 2016

Students, parents and community members joined educators and special guests for a dedication ceremony on September 18 at Frisco ISD’s Vaughn Elementary School, 3535 Guinn Gate Drive in Frisco.

The new campus is named for Jimmy and Sammy Lane Vaughn.

Sammy was Frisco ISD’s first paid secretary, serving the Superintendent of Schools from 1960 to 1972. Jimmy was a School Board member from 1974 to 1977. Following his retirement from Texas Instruments in 1993, he worked for FISD in various capacities, including as a crossing guard and bus monitor.

“Both the late Mr. Vaughn and Sammy Vaughn have modeled a spirit of kindness and service that I hope our students will learn from and follow as an example,” Vaughn Principal Susie Graham said at the dedication ceremony. “As parents, grandparents, friends, and neighbors, the Vaughns have been loved and admired by all who have had the pleasure to know them.”

The Vaughn family was especially active in youth activities in the 1960s and 70s, when Frisco was still a small, rural community.

Former School Board President Buddy Minett described the close relationships between many Frisco families at the time, explaining that it was Jimmy who first introduced him to his wife, and the Frisco community, after hiring him to work at TI.

Jimmy passed away in 2014. Sammy is still an avid supporter of Frisco ISD and the community. She has already gotten involved at the school and plans to volunteer often.

“I promise to love each and every one of them,” she told parents regarding their Vaughn students.

Guests enjoyed special performances from members of the Vaughn Elementary Choir, under the direction of music teacher Heather Surillo. A plaque featuring Jimmy and Sammy Lane Vaughn was unveiled, and refreshments and an open house followed the ceremony.

Vaughn Elementary was designed by architect Corgan and built by construction manager Cadence McShane. Its capacity is 760 students.