FIRST LOOK: Frisco ISD’s new Emerson High School to open to students Aug. 12

Construction began at Emerson High School in August 2019. The school will open for students when classes resume this fall. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
Construction began at Emerson High School in August 2019. The school will open for students when classes resume this fall. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)

Construction began at Emerson High School in August 2019. The school will open for students when classes resume this fall. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The main entrance of the campus extends to the ceiling and is provides a clear line of sight from the front of the school to the rear. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Students are greeted by a main staircase when they enter the school. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Walking into Emerson High School, students can see their school logo and open collaborative spaces. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Extended views of the library can be seen through the school's second floor. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The school's library is at the rear of the campus and is visible through glass. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Emerson High School was designed with flexible learning in mind, and the furniture is designed around that idea. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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At the center of the school is a courtyard for students' use. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The teacher workroom at Emerson High School offers teachers spaces to work and store their belongings between classes. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The teacher workroom includes an accessible and open kitchen. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The cafeteria can be viewed through glass from the second floor. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The cafeteria at Emerson High School provides booths for more restaurant-style seating. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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This is the area where Emerson High School students will be able to select their food for the day. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The finishing touches were being placed at the cafeteria's announcement area on Aug. 9. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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This counter will provide snacks and coffee to students. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Shiny new equipment has been placed in the kitchen behind the cafeteria. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The auditorium at the school can seat 600 people. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The auditorium at the school can seat 600 people. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Emerson High School provides spaces for students to practice their extracurricular activities, from band to dance. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Emerson High School provides spaces for students to practice their extracurricular activities, from band to dance. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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This backup gym can also serve as a storm shelter for Emerson High School students and staff. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The main gym at the high school features the school's mascot logo. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Frisco ISD board members stop to take a photo at the main gym in Emerson High School during the Aug. 9 tour. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The field house will be available for student needs when classes resume this fall. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
Frisco ISD students will be able to move into the modern and new Emerson High School when they return from summer vacation Aug. 12.

The district's 11th high school will open to freshmen and sophomores who live east of Custer Road. The school will add a new class each year until it serves grades 9-12.

Before their board meeting on Aug. 9, Frisco ISD trustees took a tour around the new campus before it officially opens.

During the walk-through, it was discussed that as the district grows larger, staff have prioritized modernizing campuses and adapting learning spaces so they are collaborative and can serve more than one purpose.

Construction on the high school began in August 2019.


Additional reporting by Brooklynn Cooper.
By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.



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