Hightower Elementary School
Assistant Principal: Ashala Foppe-Morris
Counselor: Aubrey Nell
School Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
School Colors: Hunter green and gold
Motto: Hightower tigers targeting excellence.
Year Opened: 1998
Phone: (469) 752-1800
Fax: (469) 752-1801
2601 Decator Drive
Plano, TX 75093
Achievements2013 Texas State Distinguished school for Exemplary Performance in all areas – Student Progress, Academic Achievement - reading and math; Texas State Exemplary school; Texas Business and Education Coalition 2010 and 2011 Honor Roll school; 2002, 2010 District Elementary Teacher of the Year winner; District Excellence in Teaching award; NCEA Just for Kids Higher Performing school; Plano ISD Education Foundation Grants to Educators winners; Presidential Academic awards; District PTA Reflections winners; Metroplex Children's Choir participants; Plano Children's Choir; OAKE National Choir; District and Regional Science Fair winners; Outstanding Green School award; PTA Diversity award; Silver awards for arts in education; Silver Award Parent Education; Bronze Award Membership Campaign winner.
Campus ProgramsStudent council; Safety Patrol; Plano Academic and Creative Education (PACE) for identified gifted and talented students; English as a Second Language (ESL); Paw Printer Publishing; Honor Roll; PASAR (after school childcare); mediation / conflict resolution training (kindergarten - fifth grade); Science Fair; Spelling Bee; History Fair; tutorials; science and reading night; Multicultural night; Wild on Reading; Wild on Math; Herman Reading Program; and Tiger TV.
Parent Involvement OpportunitiesPTA; volunteers; School-Based Improvement Committee (SBIC); parenting classes; YO packets; newsletters; Reflections; Field Day; bike rodeo; family picnic; school store; cultural arts programs; yearbook; book fair; Tiger Dads; Tiger Jam; SAGE; Lunch with Someone Special; Collin County Adventure camp (fifth-grade); shoebox science; shoebox art; thinking boxes; Bank Day; box tops / labels; Hooray for Hightower; and mentoring.
Community/Business PartnershipsChick-fil-A; Corner Bakery; Jason’s Deli; and North Dallas Bank.
History of Hightower
Dr. John F. Hightower
Hightower honors longtime Plano ISD educator John Freeman Hightower, who came to Plano in 1956 as a biology science teacher. As a young man, he had attended college at Huston-Tillotson College; he earned his master's degree in administration from Texas Southern University. Later on, he earned his doctorate from the University of North Texas and the University of California in Sacramento. He married Dr. Myrtle Hightower, a teacher and counselor for the PISD schools.
Hightower was named principal of Fred Douglass High School in 1964, making him an important figure in the removal of segregation from Plano schools. He was counselor and, afterwards, director of Special Services from 1976-84. Hightower was then selected as Plano's first coordinator of ethnic relations, a position he held until retiring in 1986. His honors include Plano Citizen of the Year for 1978.
Hightower Elementary opened for the fall of 1998.
Dr. Myrtle Hightower
Dr. Hightower began her career and her history of community service in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She held many positions in education in Oklahoma including Dean of Women at her alma mater, Langston University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English. Dr. Hightower also earned a Master of Teaching degree from Northeastern State University and a PhD from the University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Hightower worked in Plano ISD for many years as a teacher and counselor. She has served on many committees and boards throughout Plano and has been honored with numerous awards. To name a few, she was selected as one of Plano ISD's 100 Heros, she is a Collin College Living Legacy and a recipient of the Texas Hero for Children Award. Along with her late husband John, Dr. Hightower has long been a resounding voice within this community.