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Who We Are


Our Story

The original McKinney Boyd High School, built in 1914, was named in honor of Mary Elizabeth Crane Boyd, wife of Captain W.L. Boyd. Today, the new McKinney Boyd High School revives that honor as well as the recognition for those who graduated from one of McKinney’s first high schools.

W.L. Boyd was born and raised in Illinois. After serving in the Union Army during the Civil War, he moved to the McKinney area and opened a general merchandise business on the McKinney Square that he operated until 1882. In addition to the general merchandise store, Captain Boyd also served as one of the early stockholders in the Collin County Bank. He married Mary Elizabeth Crane in 1878.

Mary Elizabeth Boyd moved to McKinney from New York in 1876. She and Captain Boyd were married for 28 years before he passed away at their home on West Louisiana in 1906.

Mrs. Boyd dedicated her life to helping others. In 1914, when a new high school was being built in McKinney, the school district did not have enough money to furnish the facility. Mrs. Boyd donated $3,000 to the district to furnish the school prompting the school board to name the high school in her honor.

In addition to the $3,000 donation for furniture for the high school, Mary Elizabeth Boyd also left a $20,000 education fund to be used to help students attend college. Since her death in 1937, the fund has grown to more than $500,000 and provides financial assistance for students that are dedicated to furthering their education.

The original McKinney Boyd High School served as the community’s high school for 45 years. In 1959, the school was condemned when the school district built a new high school, McKinney High School.

Today our beloved Boyd is nestled in a wooded area on 56 acres on North Lake Forest Drive, where, since our doors opened in 2006, McKinney Boyd High School has made a meaningful impact on the community, students, and graduates.

Our Alma Mater

Through these hallowed halls,
let our voices ring,
Songs of courage,
songs of pride.
Ever fearless champions we must be,
Bronco spirit never dies.
As we leave this place we will not forget,
we will always honor you.
We will fight for victory evermore,
for the Broncos red and blue!
– Tina Davis

Our Achievements

The McKinney Boyd Broncos have garnered many awards and achievements in areas of athletics, academics, and arts. Our campus was recently awarded the Level 2 certification in Marzano High Reliability Schools.

Notable Alumni

Hollie Cavanagh — Constestant on American Idol

Jeff Fuller — Wide receiver for Seattle Seahawks

Conor Doyle — Major League Soccer player

Allison Harris — FOX 4 News reporter

Ross Matiscik NFL Player for the Jacksonville Jaguars