Lebanon Trail High School

School Dedication Honors the History of the Lebanon Community

Sep 21, 2016

Frisco ISD celebrated the opening of the District’s ninth high school with a dedication ceremony honoring the trailblazing spirit of its past, present and future.

Lebanon Trail High School is named for the community of Lebanon, which predated Frisco by about 50 years, and the cattle and pioneer trail that ran through it.

Lebanon was once a thriving stop along the old Shawnee Trail, now known as Preston Road. After the railroad was established north of Lebanon at what is now Frisco, many Lebanon residents rolled their homes and businesses on logs pulled by steam engines the three miles to the new town.

Others chose to stay in the area and sent their children to the Lebanon School until it closed in 1947. The children of the Lebanon community became Frisco ISD students and have contributed much to the success of FISD over the years.

Among them is Lois Cates, a former student of the Lebanon School who long advocated for a school name recognizing the contributions of those who once lived and farmed in Lebanon.

“I fought hard for it and wrote lots of letters,” she said. “There was a Lebanon before there was a Frisco. I think it is important that history is remembered. If we forget it, it will lose its importance.”

A small group of former Lebanon School students attended the dedication ceremony, along with some of their children and grandchildren. They reflected on how much Frisco has grown and changed over the years.

“Just mind boggling is all I can say,” said former Lebanon School student Tom Robinson. “Unbelievable.”

The dedication ceremony featured a video highlighting the history of Lebanon, as well as performances by Lebanon Trail band, orchestra, choir, theatre and dance students.

A performance of the school’s alma mater and fight song brought the crowd to their feet. Students aptly chose Trail Blazers as the school mascot.

“They don’t look, act or carry themselves as typical freshmen,” said Lebanon Trail Principal Devin Padavil, describing the school’s 500-plus students. “The way they carry themselves, their attitude, their energy is going to forever define what it means to be a Trail Blazer.”

The ceremony concluded with refreshments and an open house at the school, located at 5151 Ohio Drive in Frisco.