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Success Stories
Courtesy of the Red Oak Independent School District

Red Oak Success Stories in the News!

"Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation." - Zig Ziglar

Triumph to Supply Boeing T-X Wing and Tails

RED OAK, TEXAS - "Triumph Aerospace Structures will supply Boeing Corporation with wing, vertical and horizontal tail structures for the T-X trainer aircraft. Triumph Aerostructures, which inherits its composite and metal airframe heritage from Vought Aircraft, would build the structures at its Red Oak, Texas facility - Triumph's flagship plant. Previously, Triumph has teamed up with Boeing as a supplier for the V-22 Osprey and C-17 Globemaster." 
(Source and Credits: Leigh Giangreco, FLIGHTGLOBAL.COM,; Washington, DC)

According to Triumph and Boeing officials, the T-X project would create opportunities for additional work, generating 950 direct and indirect jobs.

   Triumph News Media Release
   Boeing News Media Release

World Class Excellence: Olympic Gold Medalists!

Red Oak ISD Distinguished Alumnae:

Louise Ritter,

a 1976 graduate who won the Gold Medal in the high jump competition at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul; and,

Michelle Carter

who graduated in 2003 and won the Gold Medal in the shot put competition at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.



is the daughter of Leo and Dorothy Ritter and has three sisters, Rhonda, Donna and Sharon who all graduated from ROHS. She has a daughter, Carson who is a junior at Woodrow Wilson High School.

She recorded the second highest high jump in the nation as a sophomore in high school and never looked back. Ritter was one of the nation’s best high school jumpers, clearing 5' 11 1/2" in 1976.

While attending Texas Woman’s University, she captured national titles three out of four years, and set her first American record at age 20. She has held the American record on 10 different occasions and qualified for three United States Olympic teams.

During her 1988 Olympic competition, Ritter not only brought home the gold, she also set a new record of 6 feet-8 inches in a dramatic jump-off. She held the American High Jump Record of 2.03 m from July, 8, 1988 until May of 2010, and was inducted into the Texas Women’s University Hall of Fame in 1988.

Michelle Carter is the daughter of Michael and Sondra Carter, and has a sister, D’Andra and a brother, Michael Jr. who both graduated from ROHS. Her Gold Medal winning throw of 68' 8 1/4" also set an American record. This was the first ever gold medal won by an American woman in this event.

In addition to her Olympic win, Michelle was the 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 United States National Champion. While competing for the University of Texas, she won the Collegiate National Championship in 2006.

(Source and Credits: By Melanie Petersen / Red Oak Record)

Red Oak Leadership: Success through Shared Vision!

"Research shows that followers respond to a leader who can articulate a vision that reflects their own aspirations. Being forward-looking — envisioning exciting possibilities and enlisting others in a shared view of the future — is the attribute that most distinguishes leaders from non-leaders." (Source: Harvard Business Review)

By working together to develop a shared vision, the City of Red Oak, the Red Oak ISD, Red Area Oak Chamber of Commerce, TSTC North Texas, Ellis County, and our business partners have created a dynamic environment for opportunity to meet preparation.

1. 2017 - 2018 Success Stories   (PDF)

22016 - 2017 Success Stories  (PDF)

3. 2015 - 2016 Success Stories (PDF)

4. 2014 - 2015 Success Stories (PDF)

5. 2013 - 2014 Success Stories (PDF)
6 Watch the Video: TSTC North Texas Groundbreaking Ceremony

News Media!

Red Oak's successes continue to make the news as opportunity meets preparation!

"But with the Dallas skyline in view, Mayor Alan Hugley and others such as City Manager Todd Fuller saw the potential for growth — calculated growth."
(Dallas Morning News, NeighborsGo, Nanette Light, July 9, 2015)

1. Red Oak Experiencing Boom in Economic Growth - Dallas Morning News (PDF)
"We don’t want to be the same kind of community necessarily,” Hugley said of Collin County. We still really appreciate the rural roots of the area. And the space that’s out here.”
(Dallas Morning News, NeighborsGo, Nanette Light, July 9, 2015)

Texas State Technical College (TSTC) North Texas Campus

2. Texas State Technical College North Texas Expands to Red Oak, Texas (PDF)
"Thanks to the instrumental legislative work of State Representative Jim Pitts and Senator Brian Birdwell, the partnership between TSTC and Red Oak ISD was established... [in 2013]."
(TSTC and Red Oak ISD Bring Technical Education to All Districts, December 31, 2013)

3. TSTC North Texas: Technical Education Skills Come to North Texas (PDF)
"The goal was to bring technical certificate and associate degree programs pertinent to the surrounding industrial and commercial companies to Ellis County."
(North Ellis County NOW Magazine, August 2014)

Triumph Aerospace Structures - Vought Aircraft Division - Red Oak, Texas

4. History: Triumph Aerostructures -Vought Aircraft Division - Red Oak, TX (PDF)
"The Red Oak site was selected based on the strong support of the local community, the availability of a skilled work force, close proximity to Triumph engineers located in Arlington, Texas, and space available for future expansion."
(History: Triumph Aerostructures -Vought Aircraft Division - Red Oak, December 12, 2015)

5. Best Manufacturing:Triumph Aerostructures - Vought Aircraft Division Manufacturing Facility (PDF)
"KBR Building Group led construction on a $23.9-million manufacturing facility for Triumph Aerostructures' Vought Aircraft Division in Red Oak, Texas. This specialized facility [Phase I] comprises 240,000 sq ft of manufacturing space with 17,000 sq ft of attached office area. This design-build project pursued an aggressive schedule. Although the facility was built to manufacture a unique new aircraft wing, the wing itself was still being designed and engineered while the building was under construction."
(Best Manufacturing: Triumph Aerostructures - Vought Aircraft Division Manufacturing Facility | 2013-12-16 | ENR)