Lebanon Trail High School

Future Students Blaze a Trail for New Frisco ISD High School

Mar 16, 2016

Before there was Frisco, there was Lebanon.

The community grew in the mid-1800s as pioneers moved to Texas looking for land and opportunity.

The settlers traveled by wagon trains along the old Shawnee Trail, the same route used by cattlemen moving their herds.

They built homes and businesses, established a school and grew wheat, cotton and corn.

After the railroad was established north of Lebanon at what is now Frisco, many residents rolled their homes and businesses on logs pulled by steam engines the three miles to the new town.

Others stayed, sending their children to the Lebanon School until it closed in 1947.

Those early residents contributed greatly to the Frisco and Frisco ISD of today. To honor their contributions, Frisco ISD named its newest high school Lebanon Trail High School. Click here to watch a video about the history of Lebanon.

The campus, which opens in August, sits in the heart of what was once Lebanon, near the intersection of Lebanon Road and Ohio Drive.

Now future students have embraced the pioneering spirit of those early settlers with their choice for school mascot – the Lebanon Trail Blazers. School colors are green and gold.

“The mascot is fitting in so many ways,” said Principal Devin Padavil. “Not only does it pay tribute to the courageous pioneers who traveled along the trail and first established this community, but it embraces our future trailblazing students who will serve as leaders for our school and beyond.”

Already, student leaders have helped make key decisions about the culture and atmosphere of the new school.

Padavil began meeting with future Lebanon Trail students and parents in January after attendance zones were finalized.

Incoming freshmen from Clark, Fowler and Hunt middle schools were given the opportunity to vote from four mascot finalists – Trail Blazers, Lynx, Longhorns and Wranglers. The winner was announced during a Texas Legends game in February. Trail Blazers received 54 percent of the vote.

Earlier this month, Padavil met with nearly 40 students who will serve on Student Council at Lebanon Trail.  

They chose the school’s core values of leadership, character, achievement and purpose, and discussed the school shield, signage and murals. They also brainstormed ideas for school clubs, events, awards, communications, community service and other activities.

“The meeting was a great way to demonstrate that we want our students to have pride in our school by having ownership in how our school operates,” Padavil said. “I’m excited to continue working with students and parents to build a culture for our new school.”

That means planning for a Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and a meet-and-greet event later this spring with the new band director, who has been hired along with other key positions such as counselor and athletic coordinator.

The work to engage students and parents will continue to ramp up as construction wraps up on campus and the first day of school approaches.

“I have been telling students that we will have a beautiful building, but that alone doesn’t make a good school,” Padavil said. “That we will have great teachers, but that alone doesn’t make a great school. The thing that makes a school great is the accomplishments of our students.”