• Ben Mackey

    Contact Trustee Mackey

    Term Began 2022
    Term Expires 2025

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

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    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.

    • District 7 Schools/ Escuelas del Distrito 7

      Elementary Schools/Primarias

      • Mary McLeod Bethune
      • Bishop Arts STEAM Academy
      • Felix G. Botello Personalized Learning Academy
      • James Bowie
      • Nancy J. Cochran
      • Lelia P. Cowart
      • L.O. Donald
      • Lenore Kirk Hall Personalized Learning Academy at Oak Cliff
      • Margaret B. Henderson
      • James S. Hogg New Tech Center
      • Lida Hooe
      • Anson Jones
      • Louise Wolff Kahn
      • Maria Moreno STEAM Academy
      • George Peabody
      • John F. Peeler
      • Rosemont Lower
      • Arturo Salazar
      • Celestino Mauricio Soto
      • Winnetka

      Middle Schools/Secundarias

      • Hector P. Garcia
      • W.E. Greiner
      • L.V. Stockard

      Multi-Level Schools/Escuelas Multinivel

      • Barbara Manns DAEP
      • Rosemont Upper

      High Schools/Preparatorias

      • W.H. Adamson
      • Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College
      • Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr. Early College
      • Moisés E. Molina
      • Sunset