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Flower Mound: Are you an honorary soccer mom? - Dallas Morning News
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Baseball: Keller evens series with Flower Mound - Star Community Newspapers
BY JUSTIN THOMAS, Staff writer Flower Mound's baseball team never quit Friday, rallying from a five-run deficit to tie the game in the fifth inning, but was unable to overcome four errors and fell to Keller, 8-6. The loss forced a third and deciding...
Lewisville/Flower Mound: Fresh from the farm - Dallas Morning News
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Flower Mound Man Who Tried to Buy 9-Year-Old Girl for Sex Sentenced - Australia.TO
DALLAS—Kevin Moake, 50, of Flower Mound, Texas, was sentenced this morning by US District Judge David C. Godbey to 10 years in federal prison, the statutory maximum, following his guilty plea in January to one count of possession of child pornography,...
Town offers simultaneous service option - Star Community Newspapers
By Chris Roark, Staff Writer Flower Mound has announced a new option for residents in which they can sign up for a variety of services, and doing so will benefit residents and the town. Flower Mound has partnered with InnovateGov and Nationwide...
Reicher softball romps to TAPPS state semifinal win, 13-4 - Waco Tribune Herald
Gutierrez struck out seven of the first nine batters and the Reicher offense provided ample run support as the Lady Cougars crushed Flower Mound Coram Deo, 14-3, in a six-inning run-rule win in the TAPPS Class 3A state semifinals Thursday afternoon at...
Keller ready for big battle with Flower Mound - Keller Citizen
"The loss isn'ta concern," Stramp said of heading into the first round of the playoffs matched up with District 6-5A's second place finisher Flower Mound. "It'sa matter of if we can pitch well enough to win." The Indians have shown their hitting can...
Plan to widen road forges split in Flower Mound - Dallas Morning News
By WENDY HUNDLEY / The Dallas Morning News Longtime resident Kim Berg has seen many changes in Flower Mound as it has morphed from a rural town to one of the area's fastest-growing communities. Residents fighting to keep Morriss/Gerault Road from being...
Baseball: Region I Playoff Pairings - Odessa American
Flower Mound Marcus (19-11), District 6 (3); Game 1, Keller Fossil Ridge 3, Flower Mound Marcus High 0; Game 2, Flower Mound Marcus 7, Keller Fossill 2; Game 3, 1 pm Saturday, Grapevine High. Cedar Hill (13-12), District 7 (4) vs. Plano (19-7-1),...
Flower Mound: Decision Day is today for voters - Star Community Newspapers
Polls open at 7 am today and close at 7 pm The voting location in Flower Mound is the police and courts building, located at 4150 Kirkpatrick Lane. In Highland Village, voters can go to the Highland Village Municipal Complex, located at 1000 Highland...

Flower Mound High School

Flower Mound high school has grown in student enrollment every year since its founding in 1999.

Flower Mound High School (FMHS) is part of Lewisville Independent School District and located in Flower Mound, Texas. The school rests on 52 acres (210,000 m2) of land that were purchased in 1993. FMHS was the second high school built in Flower Mound, after Edward S. Marcus High School. With the expansion of Flower Mound in the 1980s and 1990s (from 1980 to 2000, the town grew from 4,402 to 50,702 residents), a second high school was built to accommodate the growth. Flower Mound High School was the first high school to be built in Lewisville ISD since Marcus opened in 1981.

On March 6, 1995, Lewisville ISD broke ground on the first of two $32 million dollar high schools. Intended to relieve pressure off of Marcus and Lewisville High Schools, plans were set for a 280,000-square-foot (26,000 m2) campus, including two gymnasiums, a cafetorium, an auditorium, a band hall, a football field, tennis courts, and three parking lots. To accommodate additional students, an unplanned wing containing 45 additional classrooms was completed in time for the 2000-2001 school year.. Two of the original planned parking lots, as well as an unplanned second cafeteria, were not completed until after the school opened.

108 staff members, led by principal Norman Reuther, taught the first student body of 986 freshman and sophomores. The school was recognized as exemplary in the charter year. In the school's second year, varsity sports were introduced and the student body grew to include grades nine through eleven. In 2000, Kansas State University threatened legal action against FMHS for an alleged copyright violation on the Jaguar logo. Rather than pay a licensing fee to KSU, as some schools in Texas were currently doing, principal Reuther ordered a re-design of the logo, to avoid the 8% merchandise commission. In August 2001, Reuther welcomed the school's first senior class; the student body grew to over 2,400 students.

Principal Norman Reuther left FMHS at the end of the 2003 school year; assistant principal Jack Clark subsequently took over the position of principal. Under his leadership the school's enrollment continued to grow (see graph, right). In Spring 2007, Clark and his wife and head counselor, Donna, announced their retirement. Paul Moon, an assistant principal at the school, was selected to head the school. In January 2008, Moon announced that FMHS would undergo an expansion, adding a third gymnasium and a second band room, to be completed in May 2009. In Spring 2008, LISD began random drug testing of all high school students in extracurricular and co-curricular groups; 75 weekly random students from FMHS were tested that Spring, and 48 students per week will be tested for the 2008-09 school year.

2007 FMHS graduates earned over ten million dollars in scholarships, exceeding $14,000 per person. The 2008 graduating class accumulated approximately $15,500,000 in scholarship money, exceeding an average of $22,000 per graduate.

Flower Mound High School is a 5A school, competing as part of the UIL in District 6-5A, the classification for schools with the largest enrollment. Its main rival is Marcus High School, the school FMHS plays against annually in the Mound Showdown. Other schools in the district are Lewisville High School, Coppell High School, Hebron High School, and Carroll Senior Southlake Carroll. The main sports the Jaguars compete in include football, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls basketball, baseball, cross country, golf, hockey(although not school-sponsored),, softball, tennis, swimming, track, volleyball, bowling, and wrestling. In the 2006-2007 school year, every athletic team at the school advanced to playoffs, with several winning the District title.

The 2008 Jags baseball team advanced to the Class 5A Regional Finals in 2008, losing . In 2008 boys' basketball, the Jaguars advanced to the Regional Quarterfinals, the furthest they had ever advanced, before losing to Colleyville Heritage. 2007 was the first year for the Jaguar Football program to reach playoffs; the Jags lost to Grapevine High School on the final play of the game because QB Jacob Morris decided to over throw a wide open Mike Stephens in the endzone; in 2008, the Jags again advanced to playoffs, but lost in the first round to defending Class 5A State Champions Carroll Senior High School. The 2008 Lady Jags softball team advanced to the Regional Semifinals, where they lost to Weatherford High School. In 2008, the school's male swim team placed second at the UIL Class 5A State Swimming and Diving Championships held in Austin, the highest finish ever for any LISD school.

FMHS Theatre Department provides the community with play productions. FMHS Theatre has been recognized on the state level winning 3rd place in the UIL One Act Play contest in 2005 for their production of "Into the Woods". In April 2008, the Dramatic Paws UIL One-Act Play, The Rimers of Eldritch, was selected to compete at the State level, becoming one of the top 8 plays in the state of Texas in Conference 5A. At the state level FMHS won Best Technician and Honorable Mention All Star Cast. The theatre department has also advanced to state in the UIL design competition in 2007, while the Dramatic Paws, the varsity theater group, advanced their one-act play Dark of the Moon to the region competition, making it one of the top 24 shows in the state. In the 2008-2009 school year Flower Mound Theatre Dept. presented "Forever Plaid" in September, then had the oppurtunity to present the performance at the International Thespian Society (ITS) State Convention in Fort Worth. They then were invited to perform at the Internation Thespian Convention in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Performing Arts Departments were also awarded an Honorable Mention award in the Showstopper Best High School Musical contest by USA WEEKEND magazine for their production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie". They were the only entry recognized for the state of Texas.

The FMHS Choral program consists of four large ensembles (Varsity & JV Mixed, Varsity & JV Treble) and two smaller Jazz ensembles (Shades of Blue and Azure). The Jaguar Chorale performed at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio on February 28, 2007, one of only three 5A choirs in the state so honored, in addition to performing Mozart's Requiem with Colleyville Heritage and Hebron earlier in the 2006-2007 school year. In 2008, the Jaguar Choral performed at the Southwestern division of the American Choral Directors Association Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. The Jaguar Choral has received Superior ratings at UIL Contest, as well as the other three choirs, and Shades of Blue and Azure have received Superior ratings at Solo and Ensemble.

The FMHS Orchestra consists of two groups of musical ensembles. The Symphonic Orchestra is the lower of the two groups and consists primarily of freshman and sophomores with few juniors and seniors. The Chamber Orchestra is comprised primarily of seniors. Both ensembles are award-winning and have been received Superior ratings at UIL Contest. The Superior ratings continue at many festivals and competitions around the Dallas Metroplex and across the country. Numerous musicians in the orchestra have made the LISD All-District and TMEA Region 24 All-Region orchestras, and some have joined the TMEA All-State orchestra. The FMHS Orchestra takes regular trips to perform in competitions. The Chamber Orchestra has been invited to the Midwest Clinic, an International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, after their recording was chosen by the judges.

In March 2006, Flower Mound High School received its second consecutive GRAMMY Signature Schools Gold Award, which recognizes the top six secondary schools in the nation in the field of music education. The 2005 and 2006 Gold Awards came with a $7,000 and $5,000 scholarship, respectively, to further the musical instruction of FMHS's students. Per GRAMMY Foundation rules, after winning the Gold Award for two consecutive years, the school will not again be eligible to win any GRAMMY award until 2008.

The school's Art department and its students entered the Visual Arts Scholastic Event, a statewide competition, receiving 62 ‘Superior’ ratings at Regionals, 14 Gold Medals at State, and 7 Gold Seals, which allows those seven pieces to tour Texas on an Art Exhibition.

The FMHS Marching Band and Drumline compete in competitions and are highly ranked in the state. The FMHS Drumline won 1st place at the 2006 PASIC Marching Percussion Festival along with several other awards including Best Snare Line, Best Cymbal Line, and Best Front Ensemble. In 2007 the drumline won first with Best Drumline, Best Tenor Line, Best Snare Line, and Best Pit, and best overall. The 2007-2008 contest show is entitled "Music of Queen" and features Queen's hit songs Bicycle Race and Bohemian Rhapsody. The 2008-2009 show entitled "Hero", featured the music of Gustav Mahler, Carmen Saint-Seans, the Flying Dutchman, and the Incredibles. Flower Mound qualified for area state marching contest.

FMHS uses block scheduling to separate the school day into four periods; one-half state credit per period is earned for every nine weeks of instruction. Grading for courses is based upon a discrete 100 point scale; students pass a course if they receive a 70 or higher. While credit by examination is available for students who have failed courses, resulting scores are not used in grade point average calculations. LISD uses a weighted scale for GPA calculation, giving greater weight to Advanced Placement (AP) and pre-AP courses; the resulting grade points are then averaged to produce a student's GPA on a 120-point scale to determine class rank.

In the past four available years, Flower Mound High School has received Gold Performance Acknowledgments from the TEA for its Attendance (2002-06), AP/IB results (2002-06), College Admissions (2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006), and the Recommended High School Program (2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006). In 2005, The Texas Educational Excellence Project ranked FMHS 23rd in the state for Latino Achievement, despite the fact that only 8.2% of the town is Latino or Hispanic (compared to a statewide average of 35.7%).

The FMHS 11th grade team placed 1st in the nation in WordMasters, an annual critical reading and analysis competition; six FMHS students received accolades for their perfect scores.

Currently, the only advanced academic classes offered by Flower Mound High School are Advanced Placement and pre-Advanced Placement courses, though various auxiliary courses are offered to give students further research into disciplines of their choice as "elective" courses.

2,779 students attended FMHS in the 2006-2007 school year, with core subject classes averaging a student to teacher ratio of 25:1. Over half the students of FMHS are in Pre-AP or AP classes; 72% of 2007 graduates went on to a 4-year college, and 19% entered a 2-year college. The school has received an "Exemplary" rating from the TEA.

In 2007, 36.4% of FMHS students took at least one AP or dual-enrollment course in the 2005-2006 school year; 32.2% of the school population took at least one AP or IB test; that number rose in 2007 to 39.2%. 75% of the 1,162 AP tests taken scored a "passing" 3, 4, or 5, beating the national average of 57.0%. The school currently recognizes 77 AP Scholars, 41 AP Scholars with Honor, 39 AP Scholars with Distinction, and 6 National Scholars.

Flower Mound High School provides students with several off-campus instruction options. Among the most recent is the LISD eSchool, which provides several online courses for high school students needing a more flexible, alternative education. Dale Jackson Career Center (DJCC) offers all high school students in the district a variety of technical and career-oriented courses such as Ad Design and Welding. The Lewisville Learning Center provides accelerated education for grade advancement, alternative education for disciplinary students, and parenting education courses. In addition, Lewisville ISD announced plans for the opening of a night school in January 2009 that will supplement and accelerate existing high school education and provide an alternative path to a high school diploma.

Flower Mound has consistently performed well on the College Board's PSAT/NMSQT testing. The high school's 2007 graduating class contained 13 National Merit Semifinalists, 12 of whom attained Finalist status; the 2008 class featured 19 Semifinalists, 17 of whom advanced to Finalist status. 2008 also featured 35 Commended Scholars and 9 Hispanic Scholars.

Flower Mound We Vow To Honor You In Everything We Do. As Our High School Memories Pass On By We'll Love And Cherish You.

Jaguar Spirit Ever Present, Like No Other We Will Stand. With Great Pride We Will Strive To Be Finest In The Land.

We Will Fight United By Our Silver, White And Navy Blue. Flower Mound We Pledge To Always Be Forever Tried and True.

The fight song for Flower Mound is the Michigan Fight Song.

Academic Decathlon is offered as a course at FMHS, though enrollment in the course is not a prerequisite for team selection. For the first time ever, the FMHS Academic Decathlon team advanced to the state competition in 2007. Ranked 26th based upon regional scores, the team improved to 10th at the State competition held in Katy, Texas; in January 2008 the team placed third at the Region IX competition and became ranked 12th statewide going into the Texas State finals, where they placed 11th.

The FMHS Debate team is annually subsidized to minimize tournament costs for students, allowing greater potential participation. Fourteen students qualified for the National Forensic League's National Tournament in 2007. In addition, 35 qualified for the State Tournament, where the team ranked 11th in the State.

The Flower Mound High School Math Club participates in several state and national competitions, including the AMC and AIME tests, the Trig-Star competition, UIL Mathematics, UIL Number Sense, UIL Calculator, the Best Of Texas competition, TMSCA tests, and the UT Arlington Calculus Bowl.

The Math Club annually sponsors the AMC and AIME tests and invites many of the school's motivated and mathematically-advanced students to participate. In 2006 and 2007, the school achieved the AMC 12 Merit Roll. The Trig-Star competition, a nationally-held trigonometry competition sponsored by the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors and the National Society of Professional Surveyors, is also open to the student body and by invite. In 2007, one student won the State Competition and placed 5th nationally, the highest Texas finishes in years. Attending to UT Arlington Calculus Bowl for the first time, a five-person team from FMHS captured first place from three-time champion The Oakridge School.

In 2007, the Flower Mound Robotics Team qualified for the international MATE Center/MTS ROV Committee International ROV Competition held in St. John's, Canada. The team placed third in the Ranger category, and one member was declared the Engineering MVP at the tournament.

Flower Mound holds claim to two UIL Academic State Champioship titles. The first was won in 2001-2002 by Austin Little in 5A Computer Science, and the second was won in 2006-2007 by Christine Barcellona in 5A Literary Criticism.

With the new district realignment for the 2006-07 and 2007-08 school years, Flower Mound won team events at the district level for Calculator, Current Issues, Computer Science, Literary Criticism, Mathematics, Number Sense, Science, and Spelling, as well as qualifying in One Act Play for the Area competition. At the Region I-5A competition in Lubbock, the Literary Criticism team placed second and qualified for the Wild Card spot, with several members qualifying for the State competition in Austin. There, the Literary Criticism team placed second.

FMHS placed third overall at State in the Group event of Theater in 2008.

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Flower Mound, Texas

Location of Flower Mound in Denton County, Texas

Flower Mound is a town in Denton and Tarrant counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 50,702 at the 2000 census, and the U.S. Census Bureau 2006 estimate was 63,526. The town derives its name from the prominent 12.5-acre mound located in the southern portion of the town which is covered by wild flowers. The most widely accepted explanation for the mound is that it was a sacred ceremonial ground of Wichita Indians in the early 1800s. Though surrounded by commercial and residential development, the mound is privately owned so as to be protected from further development.

Flower Mound has a small-town atmosphere with easy access to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. It refuses to be referred to as a "city" despite its recent growth; it bills itself as the "Town of Flower Mound" with a "Town Hall" and a "Town Council".

Native American habitation of what eventually became Denton County dates back to at least 4000 B.C., according to archaeological surveys by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. European settlement in the Flower Mound area is reported as early as the 1840s. Nineteenth-century settlers such as Andrew Morriss and David Kirkpatrick are still memorialized with street names in the town.

The town area remained sparsely populated for many decades after this initial settlement. Not until 1961 was the town incorporated to avoid annexation by the city of Irving. William Wilkerson, who became the town's second mayor, spearheaded the incorporation effort and helped improve the town's phone service and water supply.

As late as 1970, though, the town only numbered 1,685 residents. It was part of the United States Army's failed "New Town" development scheme. However, the enormous expansion of Flower Mound began as part of the growth of the area north of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

In 1990 there were slightly over 15,000 people living in Flower Mound and its population had tripled during that decade.

During the 1990s the town's population was growing at a rate of nearly 13% per year. Flower Mound was the nation's 10th fastest growing community during the 1990s - growing from 15,527 to 50,702. In 2000-2002, Flower Mound was ranked 9th among the 100 fastest growing cities in United States with a population greater than 50,000. This growth has led to efforts to limit further development in the town to maintain rural characteristics and a more natural environment.

In 1999, the town adopted the SMARTgrowth (acronym representing "Strategically Managed And Responsible Town Growth") management plan, a smart growth initiative to manage both the rate and character of development in the community. However, Flower Mound's population continued to rise by approximately 5% per year during the 2000-2005 period. The town also encourages conservation development projects to protect and preserve existing open space, vistas and natural habitats while allowing for controlled growth. The goal is environmentally sensitive urban development and the mitigation of the ill-effects of urban sprawl. While more controlled growth can be seen in the central and western portion of Flower Mound open space is still slowly disappearing. Traffic continues to increase on the two lane roads and highways in Flower Mound and especially in Northwest Flower Mound in the new retail district on the corner of FM 2499 Long Prairie RD and FM 407 Justin RD. Critics including former mayor Lori DeLuca charge that shopping centers, grocery stores, housing developments and other projects continue to replace rural land, and the current administration places less emphasis on preservation as opposed to growing the tax base.

D Magazine has consistently ranked Flower Mound in the Top 10 suburbs to live in Dallas-Ft. Worth. In 1995, it was ranked 6th, in 2004 was ranked 8th, in 2008 was ranked 10th.

Flower Mound is located at 33°1′54″N 97°4′44″W / 33.03167°N 97.07889°W / 33.03167; -97.07889 (33.031741, -97.078818). According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 43.4 square miles (112.3 km²), of which, 40.9 square miles (105.9 km²) of it is land and 2.5 square miles (6.5 km²) of it (5.76%) is water.

Although physical geography is not greatly varied in North Texas, Lake Grapevine and Marshall Creek form much of the southern boundary of Flower Mound. The town borders Lewisville to the east and a number of cities and towns to the north, including Highland Village, Double Oak, and Bartonville. The two major highways in Flower Mound are Farm to Market Roads. FM 1171, known as Cross Timbers Road, runs east to west across the entire town. FM 2499 runs north to south and furnishes access to State Highway 121 and Interstate 635 just north of DFW Airport.

As of the census of 2000, there were 50,702 people, 16,179 households, and 14,269 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,240.4 people per square mile (479.0/km²). There were 16,833 housing units at an average density of 411.8/sq mi (159.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 90.24% White, 2.92% African American, 0.35% Native American, 3.05% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.77% from other races, 1.61% from two or more races, and Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.63% of the population.

There were 16,179 households out of which 56.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 80.6% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.8% were non-families. 9.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3,000 sq ft (300 m2). and the average family size was 3.34. Most homes (approx. 80%) were built during the population boom of the 1990s.

In the town the population was spread out with 34.8% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 39.5% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 2.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 99.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.9 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household was $105,823, and the median income for a family was $112,725. Males had a median income of $69,467 versus $41,317 for females. The per capita income for the town was $34,699. About 2.2% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 1.8% of those age 65 or over.

The town is mostly served by the Lewisville Independent School District. Other parts of Flower Mound are located in the Argyle Independent School District and Northwest Independent School District. The town is home to two high schools, Edward S. Marcus High School and the newer Flower Mound High School, both part of the Lewisville district. Private schools both within town limits and further out in D/FW, including Liberty Christian School, Coram Deo Academy, Explorations Preparatory School, and The Highlands School, serve students from who seek private or religious education.

Approximately 960 businesses are located in Flower Mound as of 2007, with Lewisville Independent School District easily the largest employer, at nearly 1,700 employees. The Town itself employs the second-most number of employees, at over 400, and 21 other businesses each employ at least 50 people.

75% of Flower Mound's labor pool is in its labor force, of whom 95% are employed. Thirty percent of the employed are engaged in management, business, and financial duties, twenty-eight percent in sales and office duites, and twenty-five percent in professional and related occupations. Most people living in the town work in the wider metroplex.

Flower Mound currently continues to expand as many new businesses transfer to the new Highland Village outdoor shopping centre. Besides the shopping off of FM 407, there are two malls located roughly 10-15 minutes away from Flower Mound. Grapevine Mills houses the Rainforest Cafe, the skatepark, the AMC 30, and an assortment of shops. The other mall, Vista Ridge, is home to many of the main department stores and also an assortment of shops.

It is, for the most part, a very well-off kind off town.

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Highland Village, Texas

Location of Highland Village in Denton County, Texas

Highland Village is a city in Denton County, Texas, United States, hugging the south side of the far western branch of Lewisville Lake. As of the 2000 census the city population was 12,173, though the 2006 projection by the U.S. Census Bureau puts the city's population at 15,738. A number of residential communities are located within Highland Village, including Highland Shores and Castlewood.

Highland Village incorporated as a city in the early 1960s, though it only registered 516 residents in the 1970 census. The opening of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport helped spur massive growth in cities north of the airport, including Highland Village. The census figures rose sharply: 3,246 in 1980, 7,027 in 1990, 12,173 in 2000, and 14,589 in 2004 (estimated). The city remains a primarily residential area, though more business development is occurring. Rapid growth has led to political conflict, although the city is still relatively small compared to nearby Flower Mound and Lewisville.

Highland Village has been the site of a number of local controversies, including the extension of FM2499 to FM2181 in Corinth, Texas—long planned by TxDOT—and approval of development of one parcel within the city's retail district which will include a Wal-Mart as the anchor tenant. The contested development of FM2499 was originally planned by the impacted communities through a 1987 task force report presented to the Texas Transportation Commission in 1988, which proposed the expansion and extension of FM2499, from SH 121 to IH-35E, in five sections.

At the same time that the Wal-Mart development was being hotly debated, a development on the opposite side of FM2499, with a larger anchor—and offered by its developer to Wal-Mart, but not identified as such—was accepted without opposition. One highly visible activist, Paul LeBon, lost a $725,000 libel and slander lawsuit filed by former councilman Gary Kloepper.

In a recent story, local newspaper The News Connection reported that Duncan Duvall, owner of the Double Tree Ranch in Highland Village, had been arrested in connection with possible illegal water use.

On February 14, 2007 former Denton County District Attorney Bruce Isaacks and his wife, State District Court Judge Vicki Isaacks, filed a libel suit against attorney Bill Trantham and a local newspaper, The News Connection, the newspaper's publisher Shane Allen, its executive editor Bob Weir, and its investigative reporter Stephen Webster. Isaacks was defeated by current district attorney Paul Johnson in the March, 2006 Republican primary.

The City of Highland Village mayor and city council commissioned the development of a new logo in 2007, to replace the familiar red, white, and blue logo in use since the 1970s. Citizen reaction to spending taxpayer dollars on this venture has been decidedly mixed.

DCTA initiated bus service in Highland Village in January 2008. News reports by the Dallas Morning News and DCTA Board Minutes posted on the DCTA website revealed that this service, known as Connect Route 22, was averaging less than one rider per hour during its first six months, and costing an average of $55 per ride in taxpayer subsidies.

Highland Village is located at 33°5′17″N 97°3′21″W / 33.08806°N 97.05583°W / 33.08806; -97.05583 (33.087940, -97.055874).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.4 square miles (16.6 km²), of which, 5.5 square miles (14.3 km²) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²) of it (13.88%) is water.

As of the census of 2000, there were 12,173 people, 3,874 households, and 3,552 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,206.6 people per square mile (851.5/km²). There were 4,009 housing units at an average density of 726.7/sq mi (280.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.21% White, 1.47% African American, 0.40% Native American, 1.92% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.80% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.46% of the population.

There were 3,874 households out of which 53.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 85.3% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 8.3% were non-families. 6.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.14 and the average family size was 3.29.

In the city the population was spread out with 32.9% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 28.2% from 45 to 64, and 4.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 99.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $102,141, and the median income for a family was $105,109. Males had a median income of $79,626 versus $41,102 for females. The per capita income for the city was $40,613. About 0.1% of families and 0.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.1% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Highland Village is served by the Lewisville Independent School District, which has three elementary schools and one middle school located in the city. Marcus High School, located in Flower Mound but near Highland Village, is the city's principal high school. Highland Village hosts an annual hot-air balloon festival sponsored by local Lions Clubs. Highland Village voted to become a member of the Denton County Transportation Authority in September 2003.

Highland Village Days is a great annual event in June that brings together Highland Village families and outdoor enthusiasts to celebrate the beginning of summer.

The Highland Shores Community is located in the northwest area of Highland Village and on the south shore of Lake Lewisville. It is a master planned community which contains over 1,600 homes. The first homes were constructed in 1985. The typical lot size ranges from .2 to .5-acre (2,000 m2). The area is served by Lewisville ISD schools.

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Lewisville, Texas

Dallas County map

Lewisville is a city in Denton County, Texas in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2000 census the city had a total population of 77,737. With strong population growth continuing into the new millennium, the U.S. Census Bureau gives a 2006 population estimate of 94,589. Lewisville is one of the older incorporated cities (incorporated in 1925) in the northern area of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, but it remained a small rural town with just a few thousand people as late as 1960.

The earliest white settlement in what is now Lewisville occurred in the 1840s. Basdeal Lewis purchased the land around which Lewisville would be formed and named the town after himself.

Growth was very slow during the 19th century, with population rising to only about 500 by 1900. The settlement did boast several agriculture-related industries, including a grist mill, a cotton gin, and a livery stable and feed mill. In 1885 the building currently housing the Greater Lewisville Community Theater was constructed on the city's principal thoroughfare, Main Street. It remains Lewisville's oldest standing structure.

Lewisville High School opened in 1897, and in 1909 the first bank robbery in Denton County history occurred at the First National Bank of Lewisville. In 1925 residents voted to incorporate the area as a city. Lewisville slowly grew with its first automobile dealership and traffic light appearing over the next two decades. The single signal light, at the intersection of Main and Mill Streets, remained the only one in the city until the 1970s. Another notable bank robbery occurred in 1934 at the First National Bank, this time engineered by Raymond Hamilton of the Barrow gang (minus leaders Bonnie and Clyde, who had visited the city earlier that year).

Construction of the Lewisville Dam began in 1948 and concluded six years later, which expanded the Garza-Little Elm Reservoir into the current 30,000-acre Lewisville Lake. Population growth began to accelerate, and the 1970 census counted 9,264 residents. In 1963 Lewisville became one of the first Texas cities to integrate its school system, with the first two African-American graduates from Lewisville High School in 1965 and a third in 1966. The growth was mainly west of Downtown Lewisville and kept moving further west with houses replacing farms. In September 1969 the city hosted the Texas International Pop Festival on Labor Day weekend, with Janis Joplin, B.B. King and Led Zeppelin performing. Just four weeks after Woodstock the festival drew over 250,000 rock and jazz fans.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport opened in 1974, and the population of cities like Lewisville and Flower Mound, north of the airport, began to explode. The census figures tell the story: 24,273 in 1980, 46,521 in 1990, and 77,737 in 2000. Rapid growth continues, though the city has tried to maintain a small-town ambiance. Recently town home developments have started to become popular with limited space west of Interstate 35. Now that most of West and South Lewisville is filled in with development all the way to Flower Mound and Coppell now the development is looking East towards Carrollton and The Colony where development is still sparse but quickly growing as the higher-income Castle Hills addition is being developed. However, most of East Lewisville is in the Little Elm Fork flood plain so development will be more limited.

In 2008 Lewisville politicians began debating the idea of declaring English as the official language of Lewisville.

Lewisville is located at 33°2′18″N 97°0′22″W / 33.03833°N 97.00611°W / 33.03833; -97.00611 (33.038316, -97.006232), at an elevation of about 550 ft (165 m).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 42.3 square miles (109.7 km²), of which, 36.8 square miles (95.3 km²) of it is land and 5.5 square miles (14.3 km²) of it (13.08%) is water. It is bounded to the east mainly by Carrollton, to the south by Coppell, to the west by Flower Mound and to the north by Highland Village and Lewisville Lake.

Although physical geography is not extremely varied in North Texas, significant geographical features include Lewisville Lake itself, the Elm Fork of the Trinity River and two local tributaries of the Elm Fork, Prairie Creek and Timber Creek. Vista Ridge, in the southeast corner of Lewisville, is a small plateau upon and around which a bustling retail area has grown.

As of the census of 2000, there were 77,737 people, 30,043 households, and 19,828 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,112.8 people per square mile (815.8/km²). There were 31,764 housing units at an average density of 863.3/sq mi (333.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 77.20% White, 7.39% African American, 0.70% Native American, 3.90% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 8.32% from other races, and 2.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.75% of the population.

There were 30,043 households out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.0% were non-families. 25.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 11.8% from 18 to 24, 41.2% from 25 to 44, 16.1% from 45 to 64, and 4.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 99.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $54,771, and the median income for a family was $63,719. Males had a median income of $41,058 versus $31,705 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,703. About 3.9% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.8% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.

Most of the city is served by the Lewisville Independent School District. Portions are served by the Coppell Independent School District. Four private Christian schools are also located in Lewisville.

Lewisville's growth is due in part to its proximity to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, a few miles to the city's south. Lewisville served for a time as the corporate headquarters for food distributor Fleming Foods, before the company ran into financial problems and relocated, as well as for Grandy's. Vista Ridge Mall is an important and expanding shopping center for Lewisville and surrounding communities. Lewisville Lake borders the city to the north; Lake Grapevine is located near its southern boundary. Among well-known natives of the city are Walt Garrison, former Dallas Cowboys fullback, Chad Campbell of the PGA Tour, Sports expert Bob Sturm of KTCK 1310 AM's The BaD Radio Experience, young actor Cody Linley, and Dave Mitchell, a radio personality of Miami and Dallas. GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, a professional sports car racing team in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, is based in Lewisville. In 2006 the city received local bus service for the first time as a member of the Denton County Transportation Authority.

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Lewisville High School

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Lewisville High School, the oldest of five high schools in the Lewisville Independent School District, is located in Texas. It was opened in 1897, making it the only school in the district to have celebrated its 100th anniversary.

The school's colors are maroon and white and the school mascot is "Big John", the Fighting Farmer (a reference to Lewisville's early days when it was a rural town between Dallas and Denton, as opposed to the modern suburb of today).

Lewisville was one of the first school districts in Texas to integrate, in 1963. However, Negro high school students were bused to another school until 1969.

Lewisville High School moved to its current location during the 1960s and has had several additions since then due to the city of Lewisville's large growth. Future additions and renovation are scheduled to happen in the next few years, adding a new band hall and renovating the current science labs.

Lewisville High School consists of two different campuses, Killough Lewisville High School North, "North Campus", which serves only ninth graders, and LHS "Main Campus," which serves tenth through twelfth graders. Together, their 2005-2006 enrollment was more than 3,300 students, making it the largest high school in the district.

The new location of the North Campus was dedicated in 2005.

The school has recently added another wing, which was originally suppose to accommodate all fine arts departments, but instead provides housing for band and science labs. The southern wing opened Fall of 08.

Far down in a town so noble Challenging the eye, Stands the school above all others, Stands our Lewisville High. Lewisville High to thee we shall be Ever loyal and true; Fighting always to do service For maroon and white!

Lewisville High School has several feeder schools.

As of July, 2008, LISD will construct a new high school, planned to relieve overcrowding at Lewisville High School, to be built in Southern Lewisville south of FM 3040. Lewisville High School is projected to have more than 4000 students in the near future, and the campus site has little room for expansion. This new campus is set to open in the Fall of 2011. A task force of Flower Mound citizens was created, and presented their ideas to the school board, which included building the new high school in Southern Lewisville. The proposal was that the new campus would start out as a ninth- and tenth-grade campus that Hedrick and Durham Middle School would feed into, while Huffines and Delay Middle School would continue to feed into Killough LHS North (which would convert to a ninth- and tenth-grade campus). After a certain amount of time, the southern campus would eventually become a full high school, that would include ninth through twelfth graders, and both high schools would serve at least 2000 students (Killough LHS-North would then revert to a ninth-grade campus only).

Aside from standard Math, English, Science, and Social Studies classes, LHS offers Advanced Placement courses which award college credit. Many electives are offered, including Foreign Languages, Band, Choir, Athletics, Art, Orchestra, NJROTC, Debate, and Theatre Arts. Additional technology and career elective classes are offered at the Dale Jackson Career Center.

Lewisville High School's Student Council has won the State Sweepstakes for many years and continutes to be the leader in community and school service. The Student Council contributes to the community of Lewisville through many activities that total about 100 hours a school year. Membership runs between 400-500 students per year with around 100 of those participating in the Student Leadership Course. Students mentor at local elementary schools and help with school activities daily. This council is the one resonsible for starting the "President's Club" in our state. All students are invited to be a part and only the officers are elected. This council is the student governing board of Lewisville High School.

The LHS Orchestra program is designed to develop and advance orchestral string studies at the Lewisville Independent School District's first and oldest high school, and its 9th Grade Extension Campus (Killough LHS North). The program is under the direction of Scott Deering, beginning with the 2007/2008 school year. Mr. Deering is also a past graduate of Lewisville High School. In addition to performing concerts during the school year, the LHS Orchestra also participates in orchestra competitions.

The LHS Orchestra is currently divided into three groups: Honors (Varsity), Chamber and Symphonic. The 2007/08 Varsity Orchestra distinguished itself in March, 2008 by taking top honors, known as "Sweepstakes" at the Texas Region 24 UIL Concert and Sight Reading Competition. Additionally, five of its students qualified for competition in the Texas State UIL Solo and Ensemble competition, held in May, 2008. Additional information can be found at the LHS Orchestra web site, and the LHS Orchestra Booster Club web site.

Lewisville High School's theater program has taken both plays and musicals to perform on the Main Stage at the Texas State Thespian Festival. Several students have also qualified to represent Texas at the International Thespian Festival in individual categories.

In 2005 Lewisville took the Cole Porter musical "Kiss Me, Kate" to the Texas Thespian Festival Main Stage, and the same year qualified to present "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged" at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln Nebraska.

Recent notable students who have represented the high school at ITS Festival include Stephanie Umoh and John Paul Lewis (who both served on the Texas Student State Board), Daniel Reyes who qualified as both state and national champion in solo pantomime, and Michelle Lory who qualified as a state champion in the category of duet musical with John Paul Lewis. While these individuals have recently brought accolades to the school, Lewisville holds a long tradition of excellence in theatre made possible by generations of students and teachers.

Lewisville High School's main rivals are the Marcus High School Marauders (Marcus was the second high school in the district, opening in 1981, and the schools share the same stadium, located on the LHS campus) and more recently the Flower Mound High School Jaguars; both are both located in Flower Mound, Texas.

Parker ran the fastest 100 m and second-fastest 200 m in the United States in 2003. He was also named to USA Today's All-USA boys team.

The Lewisville High School Football Team won the State Championship in 1993 and 1996 (at which time the team was featured on the "Team Cheerios" cereal box), and were State Finalists in 1972, and State Semifinalists in 1979.

The 1996 Farmers set the Texas record for most yards gained on the ground (547; the team did not attempt a single pass during the game), while the teams' combined score of 92 set the record for most points in a title game.

An earlier team achieved notability for a different reason in 1946, when members of the Fighting Farmers chased a bank robber until he was exhausted, allowing for his capture by an unarmed gas station attendant.

On January 1, 2008, sisters Amina and Sarah Said were murdered by multiple gun wounds. Police believe that their father, Yaser Abdel Said, 50, murdered his two daughters as an honor killing. The two sisters were found dead in their father's abandoned cab in the parking lot of an Irving hotel. Yaser is suspected to have fled back to Egypt.

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