Scottish Rite for Children celebrates 100th anniversary in Dallas, Frisco

man feeding a smiling baby
Scottish Rite for Children prides itself on being a kid-friendly environment that does not "look, feel or smell like a hospital," the organization said in a news release. (Courtesy Scottish Rite for Children)

Scottish Rite for Children prides itself on being a kid-friendly environment that does not "look, feel or smell like a hospital," the organization said in a news release. (Courtesy Scottish Rite for Children)

Scottish Rite for Children is celebrating its 100th anniversary this month with a $100 million capital campaign.

The hospital was officially chartered on Oct. 10, 1921 by five community members seeking to help children affected by the polio epidemic. Since then, Scottish Rite has treated more than 335,000 children with orthopedic conditions and learning disorders, according to a news release.

Scottish Rite, which has three North Texas locations, is known for its child-friendly environment. Instead of medical equipment, the hallways are filled with the smell of popcorn popped by volunteers.

The hospital is ranked among the top five pediatric orthopedic programs in the country. It is also credited with the discovery and mapping of genes associated with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, according to the release.

“For 100 years, Scottish Rite for Children’s mission has never wavered,” President and CEO Robert L. Walker said in the release. “Throughout the years, each staff member, volunteer, trustee, friend and donor has focused on how we can improve the lives of the children we serve locally and around the world.”


The Dallas skyline will light up on Oct. 10 in honor of the anniversary.

As of Oct. 4, the organization is halfway to its $100 million goal. Donations will go toward patient care, research, expansion and renovation.

To learn more or donate, visit scottishrite100.org.

Scottish Rite has two Frisco locations. One is at 5700 Dallas Parkway, Frisco, and the number is 469-515-7222. The second location is at The Star; 3800 Gaylord Parkway, Ste. 850, Frisco. 469-857-2222.
By Brooklynn Cooper
Brooklynn Cooper covers public education in Frisco and McKinney. Previously, she reported on southern Dallas for The Dallas Morning News. The Durham, N.C. native and devoted Tar Heel fan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2019.


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