Frisco's New High School

It seems the new High School (due to open in 2007) is going to be called Liberty High, after a principle, rather than a person or event. I thought it was worth copying a recent extract from Frisco Enterprise on the background of its name selection.

Liberty High School: Opening 2007
(Near Rolater Road and Independence Parkway

The naming of Frisco ISD's fourth high school marks a precedent for the district: For the first time a namesake will be not a person or historical reference, but a principle. From the American perspective, the school's namesake is an inalienable human right.

In “The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen,” Thomas Jefferson called liberty the exercising of the “natural rights of man,” as long as it doesn't infringe on the rights of others. Penning the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson wrote that liberty was the most important human goal along with life and happiness.

Patrick Henry once said, “Liberty is not the right to do what one wants, but the right to do what one must.” He also said given the choice, he would choose between liberty and death – without a choice number three.

The spirit of the Founding Fathers and the promise of future generations led to the choice of name, Wortham said.

“It is what our country was founded on and what our Constitution was written to defend,” Wortham said. “It seems fitting to give this name to our fourth high school during these times of renewed patriotism and service to others that is evidenced daily throughout our country, our communities and our school district.”