HACKBERRY, TEXAS (Denton County). Hackberry is located off Farm Road 423 and near Lewisville Lake about fourteen miles southeast of Denton in eastern Denton County. Settlement in this area had occurred by the latter half of the 1800s, and a school known as Hackberry School operated from 1876 until 1927, when it consolidated with nearby Little Elm School District. In the 1980s a town called Hackberry was established in this area, and citizens incorporated by 1984 with an estimated population of ninety-nine. Population figures have increased steadily from 200 in 1990 to 544 in 2000. LEISD opened the new campus on Snug Harbor Place in 2003, winning several architectural awards for its distinct style. (Citation: Hollace Hervey, Historic Denton County: An Illustrated History (San Antonio: Denton County Historical Museum, 2002)
Mrs. Rhonda Bilbrey became the newly built Hackberry Campus Principal in 2003 and soon moved on to became the Director of Human Resources for LEISD. Mr. Kevin Moffitt took over as principal from 2004-2011 and built up the Dual Language Program which is unique to Hackberry School. For the 2011-2012 LEISD in a district realignment plan moved all 6th graders to the middle school and all 5th students to the 5 elementary campuses. When Mr. Moffit was reassigned to the new campus, Brent Elementary, Mrs. Laura Griffin moved from King Early Learning Center to became Hackberry's Principal beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, when it added 4 fifth grade classes. Laura Griffin moved on to become a coordinator at Region X. Mr. Tom Swartz took over as principal in 2014-2015. Mr. Stephen Richardson, previously assistant principal of Hackberry Elementary, took over as principal in 2016-2017. The campus continues its tradition of celebrating diversity and the dual use of English and Spanish languages.The Original Hackberry School 1894:
Hackberry School - 1894, Photograph, ca. 1894; digital image, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24900 : accessed September 03, 2011), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Denton Public Library, Denton, Texas.
Grades: Pre-K-5School Established: 2003Academic Awards: Texas Education Agency Exemplary School, LEISDArchitectural Awards:Council of Educational Facility Planners 2006 Exhibition of Architectural Design Awards
Award Type: Project of Distinction; Architect: SHW Group
Featured in Texas Architect 2005 (Quote from magazine: At the time Hackberry Elementary School was built, Little Elm ISD was a growing district. The school district superintendent stated, "We want to be better than everyone else." With a long front canopy and a tall glass cube entry, the school welcomes the students to an environment that is exciting to learn in. The library, gym and, art classes are located centrally in the building for all grade levels to access easily. Each grade has a break-out space in the hallway with clerestory windows to utilize for computer time)