Joshua Community Guide 2020 | Page 10

J Opportunities abound for Joshua students oshua ISD covers about 76 square miles in Johnson County, employs a staff of 880 employees who serve about 5,571 students and is classified as a 5A enrollment institution by the University Interscholastic League. Joshua ISD has 10 campuses serv- ing students from early childhood to 12th grade. They are Joshua High School, New Horizon High School, Joshua Ninth Grade Campus, Loflin Middle School, Nichols Middle School, Caddo Grove Elementary School, El- der Elementary School, North Joshua Elementary School, Plum Creek Ele- mentary School and Staples Elemen- tary School. In 1868, Caddo Grove Academy was built by J.R. McKinsey and lo- cated just east of Farm-to-Market Road 1902 and south of County Road 913 in the Caddo Grove community, which is across from where Caddo Grove Ele- mentary School is located today. In 1869, the schools on the prop- erty that exists as Joshua ISD to- day started making headlines and have been making head- lines ever since. On April 3, 1869, the Cle- burne Chronicle stated: “There are 103 pupils in Caddo Grove Seminary, six of whom are boarding pu- pils.” Residents came from far to attend this school because of its reputation. It is said that Maj. E.M. Heath, one of the main forces in or- ganizing Johnson County, bought land in Caddo for a home when returning home from the Civil War. It was the attraction of one of the most progressive schools in the county 10 Joshua Community Guide that led him to buy that land. Both of his children attended Caddo Grove Seminary.