An educator for 43 years, Rick Reedy, Ed.D., served the students of the Frisco Independent School District for 37 years as a teacher and coach, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent.
He grew up in Whitesboro, Texas, and obtained all three of his degrees from what is now Texas A&M Commerce. His mother was an educator and several of the six children and 12 grandchildren also became educators.
During his 16-year tenure as superintendent, the District experienced unprecedented growth and change, growing from 3,700 students to almost 43,000, and from 433 employees to 5,400. As the fastest growing school district in the nation for the past 20 years and with a community vision focused on smaller schools, FISD grew from five schools to 56, passing four bond referendums totaling over $1.6 billion. Under his leadership and that of City Manager George Purefoy, the City of Frisco and the Frisco ISD relationship resulted in several unique public-private partnership endeavors including the construction of Dr Pepper Ballpark, what is now Toyota Stadium, and Dr Pepper Arena, saving tax dollars and providing great opportunities for students.
With students always first, Dr. Reedy worked early in his superintendency to form the Frisco Education Foundation, which had given out more than $2 million in scholarships and $330,000 in grants for innovation in April of 2013 when the school was named.
While Superintendent, Dr. Reedy served on many boards and committees at the state and local level, including the UIL Legislative Committee.
Due to his leadership and influence, Dr. Reedy has been honored with the Frisco Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year award and as a Living Legend in 2009 by the Collin College Foundation. In 2013 he was presented the Chamber’s Visionary Award and was awarded the National Lifetime Achievement Award by the Council of PTAs. He was also named Person of the Year by Frisco Style Magazine.
He and his wife, the Rev. Judith Reedy, have been married 45 years and have three sons, all graduates of FHS. Two are educators. Their five grandchildren are in line to be proud FISD graduates as well.