Frisco is a city located in both Collin and Denton counties. As of December 1, 2014, the city had a population estimated at 144,640. Frisco was the fastest-growing city in the United States in 2009, and also the fastest-growing city in the nation from 2000 to 2009.
Since 2003, Frisco has received the designation “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation. A 2007 Forbes study named Frisco as the seventh-fastest growing suburb in the United States. In 2011, CNN listed Frisco as one of the “Best Places to Live” in the nation, and Forbes ranked it 7th in its list of “America’s 25 Best Places To Move”.
When the Dallas area was being settled by American pioneers, many of the settlers traveled by wagon trains along the old Shawnee Trail. This trail was also used for cattle drives north from Austin. This trail later became the Preston Trail, and later, Preston Road. Preston Road is one of the oldest north-south roads in all of Texas. With all of this activity, the community of Lebanon was founded along this trail and granted a U.S. post office in 1860. In 1902, a line of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway was being built through the area, and periodic watering holes were needed along the rails for the steam engines. The current settlement of Lebanon was on the Preston Ridge and was thus too high in elevation, so the watering hole was placed about four miles (6 km) to the west on lower ground. A community grew around this train stop. Residents of Lebanon actually moved their houses to the new community on logs. The new town was originally named Emerson, but that name was rejected by the U.S. Postal Service as being too similar to another town in Texas. In 1904, the residents chose Frisco City in honor of the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway on which the town was founded, later shortened to its present name.
Most of Frisco is within the Frisco Independent School District (Frisco ISD). Some parts extend into Lewisville Independent School District, Little Elm Independent School District, and Prosper Independent School District.
Frisco ISD currently has seven high schools: Frisco High School, Centennial High School, Liberty High School, Wakeland High School, Heritage High School, Lone Star High School, and Independence High School, opening at the start of the 2014-2015 school year. An eighth high school Reedy High School, is scheduled to open at the start of the 2015-2016 school year. All Frisco high schools compete in 5A because of the addition of 6A schools to Texas.
There are thirteen middle schools in Frisco, including Wester, Clark, Cobb, Hunt, Staley, Griffin, Roach, Maus, Stafford, Scoggins, Pioneer-Heritage, and Vandeventer.Trent Middle School will open at the start of the 2015 school year. Frisco also has thirty-six Elementary Schools: Allen, Anderson, Ashley, Bledsoe, Boals, Borchardt, Bright, Carroll, Christie, Cobb, Corbell, Curtsinger, Elliott, Fisher, Gunstream,Hosp, Isbell, McSpedden, Mooneyham, Newman, Nichols, Ogle, Pink, Purefoy, Riddle, Robertson, Rogers, Scott, Sem, Shawnee Trail, Smith, Sparks, Spears, Sonntag, Tadlock, and Taylor.
The Early Childhood School is available for children ages three and four who meet eligibility requirements for Headstart, Prekindergarten, or Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities.
Frisco also boasts the Frisco ISD Career & Technical Education Center(CTE or CaTE Center), a building in which students from high schools can experience and try different careers, from veterinary work to advertising, and graphic design.
Collin College, the Preston Ridge campus of the community college district, opened on Wade Boulevard in Frisco in August 1995.
Dallas Baptist University opened up a regional academic center in Frisco’s Hall Office Park in January 2006, located at Warren Parkway and Internet Boulevard.
Amberton University has a local campus on Parkwood Boulevard north of Warren Parkway.
In 2008, Frisco ISD opened the Career and Technology Education Center.
The University of Dallas moved its Carrollton campus to Frisco.
UT Arlington has a professional MBA campus in Frisco.
University of North Texas core MBA courses can be taken at the Frisco campus.