Prosper ISD begins construction on 3rd high school
Prosper residents, PISD School Board members, and honored guests gathered in a field on First Street to celebrate the groundbreaking of Prosper’s third high school. Walnut Grove High School is expected to be completed in the fall of 2024, and will serve the east portion of the district.
State Senator Drew Springer participated in the groundbreaking.
“It is exciting to hear all that is happening in Prosper,” Springer said. “This is what starts the Texas miracle, schools like this one. These children that will learn in this building will go on and continue to grow the Texas economy. I appreciate that the district focuses on the history of this area, the teachers are instilling that strong history of what makes Texas great. We know that people are moving here because of the schools and the opportunity in Prosper. Prosper ISD gives the children every opportunity to achieve their dreams. These schools give the children the strength, the ability, and the knowledge to succeed. The people in this district are laying the foundation for Prosper as it grows. I will continue to work with the School Board and advocate for the schools in the Texas Legislature.”
School Board members Jana Thompson and Debora Smith explained the name of the school.
“I am so excited to be here at the groundbreaking of another high school,” Thompson said. “Who would have thought that we would be here, starting construction on another high school already. We are having so much growth. It really is all about the kids in Prosper ISD. We are here for the children.
“This entire area was known as Walnut Grove. There was a Walnut Grove Elementary School and teachery. A teachery is a building adjacent to the school and was where the teachers would live. There is so much history in this part of town and we really wanted to celebrate that history."
“Construction will take about two years,” Smith said. “I really want students and residents to know that there is so much history in the name. What brought people to Prosper in the past is what is bringing people to Prosper today. As we move forward, the board is intentional at looking at the history of different locations as we choose new school sites and names.
Twelve-year-old Hampton attended the ceremony with his parent.
“We are here, breaking ground for Walnut Grove High School,” Hampton said. “I will go here from 10th through 12th grade. I think it is important for us to have ceremonies like this so we can remember what this land was like when all the kids are older. I mean, I am kind of part of history right now. It will be nice to be some of the first people in the new school.”
“Prosper continues to grow at exceptional rates,” information from Prosper ISD communications department said. “We are excited to be able to add this new high school to our campuses to best serve our community. Walnut Grove High School is located at 3500 East First Street, in Prosper.”