Davis Dolphins are . . . .
RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE AND READY!!!
- Education is a partnership between home, school, the students, and community.
- Appreciation of diversity emphasizes the uniqueness of each child and enhances our school community.
- Every child can learn.
- Students are responsible for their own actions, behavior, and learning to become self-managers.
- Each child is unique and has human worth and dignity.
- Children need to be encouraged daily to reach their maximum potential.
- All people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.
- Positive relationships and good role models enhance learning.
- Students thrive in a safe, nurturing and non-threatening environment.
- Children need to experience success to increase their sense of competence and self-esteem.
- Positive morals and values are essential to education and should be addressed in partnership with the home and community.
- Education is an integral part of developing responsible citizens of tomorrow.
- Success in school requires attendance and punctuality.
- Critical thinking and problem solving is essential to learning.
- Learning is an interactive process where creativity is fostered.
- Connected learning provides for a meaningful curriculum.
- Communication is an essential element to the home/school relationship.
- Learning is a continuous process for everyone.
Davis Elementary seeks to provide a nurturing environment to achieve individual potential and challenge academic growth for life-long learning.
Olney Davis, the son of Robert and Pauline Davis, was born on February 17, 1857, in Waxahachie, Texas. After graduating from the University of Illinois, Mr. Davis came to Collin County to oversee his father's agricultural interests. In 1881, Mr. Davis married Effie Mathews, daughter of two early Plano pioneers, Benjamin F. Mathews and Mary Ann Yager Mathews. Seven years later, in 1888, Olney and Effie moved to Plano.
The Davises were the parents of nine children, three of whom died in infancy or early childhood. The Davis children are as follows:
- Robert Arthur Davis--Married Myrtle Floyd (daughter of Lindsay and Laura Graham Floyd of Plano)
- Vera Davis--Married W.R. Harris
- Helen Davis--Married Lester W. Beckham
- Quincy Maud Davis
- Mary Edna Davis--Married Harry H. Houston (grandson of Governor Sam Houston)
- Mary Pauline Davis--Married Francis Thompson
- Willie Edward Davis--Born 1888 and died 1889
- Raymond Joe Davis--Born 1893 and died September 9, 1900 of scarlet fever
- Minnie Lee Davis--Born and died 1890
Olney Davis and his family were members of the First Christian Church, and Mr. Davis was very active in Plano. His credentials include: original director, organizer, and vice-president, of the Plano National Bank; two term mayor of Plano; first official president of the Plano School Board; organizer and president of the Farmers and Merchants National Bank; instrumental organizer and president of the Farmers Gin Company; instrumental organizer and president of the first Plano Lumber Company; alderman of Plano; and president of the Texas Ginners Association. Olney Davis served as president of the Farmers and Merchants National Bank from 1901, until his death in 1922. His son Robert A. Davis, became president after his father's death.
Plano in the early 1900's was a farming community, and Mr. Davis worked tirelessly to provide the services necessary to meet the needs of the community. The staff and students are proud our school bears the name Olney Davis Elementary.