LucasLucas is a city in Collin County, Texas and is 45 miles north of downtown Dallas. Many people choose to live here because of its bucolic setting with stunning homes offering one and two acre lots. It’s a small town suburb with all the amenities of the larger cities close by. With the lake bordering Lucas to the east, nights are dark and quiet. You can actually look up and still see a blanket of stars. If you enjoy wildlife, you'll find a plethora of road runners, herons, rabbits, wild ducks, turtles, coyotes, bobcats, and believe it or not, even deer. You'll often see a big red tailed hawk sitting on a telephone line. This will never change because all of the land around Lake Lavon is owned by Army Corps of Engineers for lake control. It will be protected forever. Take a drive down a country road or head to nearby Plano, McKinney and Fairview for a variety of shopping and restaurants to choose from.
- Lucas winds around the west side of Lake Lavon, so if you enjoy fishing or water skiing, you can have your boat launched onto the lake within minutes.
- If horses are your passion, there is an 18 mile equestrian and walking trail lovingly maintained by the Trinity Trail Association in Lucas.
HISTORY:Peter F. Lucas settled here in the 1840s. His son Gabriel opened a store in 1870 and it was Gabriel Lucas that the town was named after. The town had a surprisingly uneventful history for its first 100 years. Without a railroad to fight with and being far enough away from Dallas, the Lucasites just grew cotton and corn and minded their own business (which was growing cotton and corn). In 1947 Lucas had a population estimated at 100, but the growth of Dallas was about to change all that. Lucas incorporated in 1970 and the population had already swollen to 1,500 by the mid 1980s. By 2019, the population hit 7,763.
SCHOOLS:There are six school districts that serve the town of Lucas however most citizens are served by Lovejoy ISD.Lovejoy Independent School District is currently responsible for the education of over 3,800 students. The district consists of 1 high school, 1 middle school, 1 intermediate school and 3 elementary schools. The High school is a four-year public high school enrolling 1,331 students in grades 9 through 12. This includes 297 seniors, 326 juniors, 364 sophomores, and 344 freshmen. The high school opened in the fall of 2006 and graduated its first senior class in the spring of 2010 and provides a stimulating, comprehensive educational experience grounded in a rigorous liberal arts, college preparatory curriculum. The district covers approximately 17 square miles and is home to over 4000 K-12 students. LISD is categorized as a 5A school district for athletics, fine arts and academic competitions. LISD will remain a district with only one high school with 9-12 enrollment not to exceed 1,900 students. LISD graduated its first senior class in 2010 and consistently receives both state and national recognition for post-secondary readiness. Courtesy Lovejoy ISD
- In August 2015, StartClass ranked the Lovejoy Independent School District as the #1 public school district in the State of Texas and the #5 public school district in the United States.
- Winner of the State of Texas HEB Excellence in Education Award for school districts.
- Two-time winner of the prestigious UIL Lone Star Cup.
- Ranked #2, out of 1,217 school districts, in performance on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exams. One of 24 districts in Texas recognized for college readiness.
- Lovejoy High School ranked as one of the top 500 high schools in the United States by “U.S. News and World Report,” in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and a 2016 ranking of 222 out of nearly 20,000 high schools.
- The College Board designated 253 High School Advanced Placement Scholars in 2016. 212 Lovejoy High School Advanced Placement Scholars earned this distinction in 2015.
- The College Board has designated LISD High School as an AP Honor Roll Recipient.
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