Coppell, Texas

Coppell, Texas
City of Coppell, Texas
—  City  —
Location of Coppell in Dallas County, Texas
Coordinates: 32°44′19″N 96°53′21″W / 32.73861°N 96.88917°W / 32.73861; -96.88917Coordinates: 32°44′19″N 96°53′21″W / 32.73861°N 96.88917°W / 32.73861; -96.88917
Country United StatesUnited States
State TexasTexas
Counties Dallas, Denton
 - Type Council-Manager
 - Mayor Tim Brancheau [1]
Bob Mahelik
Brianna Hinojosa-Flores
Marsha Tunnell
Billy Faught
Marvin Franklin
Karen Hunt
 - City Manager Clay Phillips
 - Total 14.94 sq mi (38.6 km2)
 - Land 14.9 sq mi (38.5 km2)
 - Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)  0.20%
Elevation 518 ft (158 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 39,494
 - Density 2,418.5/sq mi (933.7/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 75019, 75099
Area code(s) 972
FIPS code 48-16612[2]
GNIS feature ID 1373209[3]

Coppell is a city in extreme northwest Dallas and Denton Counties in the U.S. state of Texas, a suburb of Dallas, and bedroom community of the DFW Metroplex. The population is approximately 39,000. A small area in the far northern portion of the city extends into neighboring Denton County.



The Coppell area was settled by German and French immigrants in the 1840s. Members of the Peters Colony also settled here in the 1840s.[4] 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.[5]

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.

July 13, 2010 Coppell's Mayor, Jayne Peters, committed suicide with a single gunshot wound to the head in the upstairs bathroom of her home in Coppell. The day prior, Jayne Peters murdered her 19-year-old daughter, Corinne, by shooting her in the back of the head in the home's laundry room.

Coppell city officials were investigating Jayne Peters' misuse of a city issued credit card with personal charges by the mayor. City Officials had repeatedly approached the Mayor about reimbursing the city for her personal charges. One of the largest charges was for a rental car that Mayor Peters passed off as a graduation gift to her unsuspecting daughter.

Coppell Mayor Doug Stover was questioned by Irving TX police on 6/30/2011 concerning a hit and run involving a Irving city employee. Witnesses state Doug Stover hit the Irving employee with his vehicle and did not stop to render aid. Doug Stover was pulled over by Irving Police after a witness followed his vehicle after the hit and run and called 911. Doug Stover has stated he was not aware any contact was made between his vehicle and the road repair worker. The investigation was closed when the Irving City worker declined to press charges.


Coppell is located at 32°58′2″N 96°59′12″W / 32.96722°N 96.98667°W / 32.96722; -96.98667 (32.967341, -96.986564).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.94 square miles (38.6 km²), of which 14.9 square miles (38.5 km²) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²; 0.20%) is water.

Coppell occupies the northwest corner of Dallas County and lies in proximity to DFW Airport. A portion of the airport property is within the city limits of Coppell. It is bordered on the west by Grapevine, on the north by Lewisville, on the east by Carrollton, and on the south by Irving and Dallas.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 35,958 people, 12,211 households, and 9,781 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,418.5 people per square mile (933.7/km²). There were 12,587 housing units at an average density of 846.6 per square mile (326.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 83.23% White, 3.26% African American, 0.34% Native American, 9.30% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.88% from other races, and 1.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.92% of the population.

There were 12,211 households out of which 54.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.7% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.9% were non-families. 16.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.34.

In the city the population was spread out with 34.7% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 39.0% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 2.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 97.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $106,783, and the median income for a family was $119,229. Males had a median income of $76,681 versus $43,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $40,219. About 1.4% of families and 1.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.9% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.


Coppell is considered to be part of the humid subtropical region.


The Dallas Morning News is the Dallas citywide newspaper.

Coppell Citizens Advocate is a local community newspaper.[7]


Because of its proximity to DFW Airport, the local economy is thriving.[8] CiCi's Pizza has its headquarters in Coppell.[9] Many corporations have shipping and distribution facilities in Coppell, including CiCi's Pizza, Lucent, and Mohawk Industries. In March 2010, Samsung opened a new cell phone manufacturing and distribution facility located in Coppell.[10]


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.

Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD serves easternmost Coppell, south of Sandy Lake Rd. and to the east of Macarthur Blvd., including the Riverchase area, and students matriculate to Ranchview High School.

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 and again in 2011, with the Coppell Middle School East band finishing 4th. [11]

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.


Coppell is located next to the northeast corner of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Coppell has uniquely convenient automobile transportation; no freeways go directly through the city, but the entire perimeter is served by SH121 and the Sam Rayburn Tollway (west and north), Interstate 635 (south), and the President George Bush Turnpike and Interstate 35E (east).

There is no public transportation in Coppell; Coppell was a charter member of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) but voters elected to withdraw from DART in 1989. This election remains controversial today, as the city had a much smaller population in the 1980s, and the lack of membership in DART will likely prevent the city from participating in the planned Cotton Belt commuter rail system.[12][13] However, since Coppell borders a DART member city (Irving), it can rejoin at a later date if it wishes provided that it can assess the mandatory 1% sales tax.

North Lake controversy

The Billingsley Company, a Texas land developer, purchased land next to North Lake in 2004. The lake was built as a cooling reservoir in the 1950s for a power plant that is now closed. Lucy Billingsley, daughter of Trammell Crow, announced her intention to build up to 10,000 living units on the land. The area, named Cypress Waters by the developer, is officially in the city of Dallas but is part of the Coppell Independent School District. Officials in Coppell and Irving, Texas strongly opposed the plan due to increased automobile traffic and the costs of building and maintaining new schools. After three years of litigation, the parties reached a settlement in 2008 that will allow development on the land.[14] Coppell residents approved a bond measure in 2007, part of which would be used to fund the construction of new schools. However, the subprime mortgage crisis seems to be postponing Billingsley's plans to develop the land. Residents of Cypress Waters were scheduled to vote on a $180,000,000 bond issue and a $.25/$100 ad valorem property tax rate in the November 2, 2010 election.


  1. ^ Elida S. Perez (July 14, 2010). "Texas mayor apparently shot teen daughter, self". Associated Press (The Washington Post Company). Retrieved July 14, 2010. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ Texas Historical Commission - Historical Marker. "Bethel Cemetery". 
  5. ^ Dallas Morning News Neighborsgo. "Lost and found: Coppell finally finds its namesake". 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
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  9. ^ "Contact Us." CiCi's Pizza. Retrieved on February 25, 2010.
  10. ^ Hethcock, Bill (December 6, 2009). "Samsung shifting 500 jobs to Coppell". 
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