Quinlan Independent School District

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About QISD


Quinlan Independent School District spans 152 square miles of Southern Hunt County, with an enrollment of approximately 2,500 students.  Quinlan ISD serves four municipalities (Quinlan, West Tawakoni, Hawk Cove and Union Valley) and portions of four counties (Hunt, Kaufman, Rockwall and Van Zandt).  QISD is categorized in the larger 4A UIL classification.  UIL classifications in the state of Texas range from 1A – 6A. Our mascot is the panther. Our school colors are white and blue.

Students at Ford High School have the opportunity to acquire the skills and education they need to be competitive in a 21st century marketplace.  Opportunities include rigorous core academic, athletic and fine art training, leadership development, industry certification, technical training, college preparatory instruction and college credit courses. 

Quinlan ISD has partnered with Paris Junior College to offer students the opportunity to pursue an associate’s degree for free while attending high school.  This includes tuition, fees, books and transportation.  In 2015, the first twenty-four FHS students graduated from high school with an associate’s degree from PJC.  Over 400 FHS students have earned well over 4,000 free college credits. 

In addition to core college courses, the district has expanded career and technical offerings to students.  Many of these programs provide industry certifications to students while they are in high school or the training will prepare them to receive advanced certifications upon graduation.  These programs include:  cosmetology, animal science, automotive technology, business and finance, ag-mechanics, audio/visual production and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Quinlan ISD provides a wide array of community resources, including a free Fitness Center, Community Library and Museum Center, low-priced community meeting rooms, inexpensive Community Education programs and much more.

Quinlan ISD's annual homecoming festivities include honoring and recognizing distinguished alumni through a prestigious Hall of Fame program, a community bonfire, parade, all-school pep-rally, BBQ cook-off and luncheon as well as annual Fall Festival.  Homecoming festivities take place during the month of October each school year.


Experience country and lake living at its best! QISD is very convenient in driving distance to several larger cities including: Dallas (about 45 miles), Greenville, Terrell and Rockwall (each less than 20 miles). Texas A&M University at Commerce is approximately 35 miles. Paris Junior College in Greenville, Trinity Valley Community College in Terrell and Eastfield College in Mesquite are easily accessible.

Beautiful Lake Tawakoni is famous for being one of Texas' best fishing lakes. The city of West Tawakoni has been named The Catfish Capitol of Texas. Recreational opportunities include Tawakoni State Park, Thousand Trails Park, Wind Point State Park, Lake Tawakoni Golf Club, West Tawakoni City Park and several lake area marinas providing camping and lake access.

One of Quinlan's most time honored events is its annual Christmas Parade through downtown Quinlan, which is held on the second Saturday of each December. Traditions such as the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony add to the small-town and country charm. Downtown Quinlan offers a venue of antique shopping with a historic flare. Economic development boards work to attract businesses to the area. Quinlan ISD and Wal-Mart are the largest employers.