Coppell residents are served by one of three school districts.
Coppell Independent School District (CISD) is responsible for the K-12 education of the majority of the City of Coppell’s children. A portion of the CISD also covers parts of north Irving in the Valley Ranch area and those portions of Lewisville that fall south of the current Dallas/Denton county boundary. Its high schools are Coppell High School and the newly opened New Tech High @ Coppell.
Lewisville ISD serves the northernmost section of Coppell falling in Denton County, including the Coppell Greens subdivision. This area is north of State Highway 121.
All of the elementary schools in the Coppell Independent School District are rated “Exemplary” by the Texas Education Agency (in 2008), as are Coppell Middle School North and Coppell Middle School East. Coppell Middle School West, Coppell High School and the district as a whole are rated “Recognized”. New Tech High @ Coppell, received an “Exemplary” ranking in its first year, the 2008-2009 school year. Riverchase Elementary (in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District, but located in Coppell) is rated “Recognized”. Students from that school go on to attend the Barbara Bush Middle School and Ranchview High School in neighboring Valley Ranch. They are rated “Academically Acceptable” and “Recognized” respectively.
The Coppell ISD was ranked as the #1 music program in the United States by the Music Educators Association in 2000. In August 2001, Coppell voters approved a sales tax increase to provide funding for arts in the school district. The Coppell High School Marching Band won the Texas 4A UIL championship in 1999 and finished third in 5A in 2009. The Coppell Middle School North Band won the Texas state championship in 2006, 2011 and again in 2016. The Coppell Middle School East band finished 4th in state in 2011.
Coppell High School’s news program, KCBY-TV, has won several national awards for their work with video production. The KCBY Broadcast department features local stories reaching out to the community in the school as well as the community outside of school. The KCBY Sports department offers a live broadcast of all of the athletic home games, and will soon broadcast away games also, along with live commentary by the sports crew of the news program. The Head of KCBY is Irma Kennedy, who has worked with NBC prior to taking the job. In the summer of 2010, KCBY got an estimated $500,000 worth of new equipment, as it prepares to take on the challenges of a live broadcast in Spring of 2011. The news program also features a movie related segment every week featuring new upcoming movies and more.
New Tech High @ Coppell’s film program, NT Fuze, has had several of its productions accepted to major film festivals, including South by South West and the Dallas International Film Festival. NT Fuze provides NTH@C learners a chance to learn the art of filmmaking and use the latest and greatest production tools. Now in its fourth year NT Fuze produces quality content not only for New Tech, and Coppell ISD, but local businesses and organizations.
The Coppell area was settled by German and French immigrants in the 1840s. Members of the Peters Colony also settled here in the 1840s. Originally named “Gibbs Station,” after Barnett Gibbs (who eventually became one of Texas’ first lieutenant governors), the town was renamed in 1892 for George Coppell, wealthy financier from England who came to the U.S. in the 1880s and was reportedly heavily involved with the final construction of the local railroad line. Popular belief is that he was an engineer. However, there is little or no evidence to support that claim.
In 1955, the community was incorporated through a ballot measure that passed by a vote of 41 to 1. Spurred by the opening of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in 1974, the city was radically transformed from a tiny farming village to a large, upper-middle class suburban community in the 1980s and 1990s. By 2000, almost all of the residentially zoned land in the city was developed, and the population grew to over 35,000. In addition to suburban homes, the city has a growing commercial base of warehouses and transportation centers on the south and west sides of the city, closest in proximity to the DFW airport.