• Ben Mackey

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    Ben Mackey

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    Term Expires 2022

    District 7-North Central Oak Cliff, Cockrell Hill, and parts of West Dallas

    Trustee Ben Mackey served as principal of Dallas ISD’s School for the Talented and Gifted from 2013 to 2019. During those years, U.S. News and World Report named the school, also known as the TAG magnet, the nation’s top high school for four years. Under Ben’s leadership, TAG revamped its application process with a focus on equity and access, resulting in the school being recognized as a federal Title I school for the first time. Over the same period, academic achievement at TAG soared with the school reaching all-time highs on SAT, ACT, and Advanced Placement (AP) achievement.

    Mackey earned his master’s degree in school leadership from Harvard University and his bachelor’s degrees in finance and history from the University of Florida. He began his education career as a math instructor through Teach for America at West Bolivar High School in Rosedale, Mississippi. As math department chair at West Bolivar, Mackey developed the school district’s first AP Calculus program. In 2011-12, he was named Teacher of the Year by both the county Chamber of Commerce and West Bolivar High School. He has continued to stay involved in Rosedale, serving as the founding board president for the Rosedale Freedom Project, which provides afterschool and summer programming focused on academics, arts, social justice, and self-empowerment.

    While principal at TAG in 2016, Mackey was named a finalist for Dallas ISD Principal of the Year in 2016 and was recognized as a Dallas ISD Master Principal in 2018. He was also named to the Dallas Business Journal’s list of “40 Under 40” rising young leaders in Dallas and served on the Mayor’s Star Council.

    Mackey serves as chief of Research, Evaluation, and Design in DeSoto ISD.


  • District 7 Schools/ Escuelas del Distrito 7

    Elementary Schools/Primarias

    • Arcadia Park
    • Mary McLeod Bethune
    • Felix G. Botello
    • James Bowie
    • Nancy J. Cochran
    • Lelia P. Cowart
    • L.O. Donald
    • Lenore Kirk Hall
    • Margaret B. Henderson
    • James S. Hogg
    • Lida Hooe
    • Anson Jones
    • Louise Wolff Kahn
    • Sidney Lanier
    • George Peabody
    • John F. Peeler
    • John H. Reagan
    • Rosemont Preparatory
    • Rosemont Primary School– Chris V. Semos Campus
    • Arturo Salazar
    • Celestino Mauricio Soto
    • Stevens Park
    • Winnetka

    Middle Schools/Secundarias

    • Hector P. Garcia
    • W.E. Greiner
    • Raúl Quintanilla Sr.
    • L.V. Stockard

    High Schools/Preparatorias

    • W.H. Adamson
    • Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College
    • Moisés E. Molina
    • Sunset

  • The Dallas Independent School District, as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or gender expression or any other basis protected by law in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment decisions. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, as well as board policy not to discriminate in such a manner. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

    If you suspect discrimination please contact: Carma Hoskins, Title IX, at (972) 925-5319; Erin Y. Gracey, Section 504, at (972) 581-4238; Diedrae Bell-Hunter, Americans with Disabilities Act, at (972) 925-4026; or Employee Relations at (972) 925-4200. General questions about the district should be directed to Customer Service at (972) 925-5555. En español