Rains ISD is an East Texas school district serving approximately 1,700 students across Rains County. The local district contains the communities of Emory (county seat), Point, and East Tawakoni.
The county's first rural school district was established in 1894, and by 1913 Point established the first independent school district in the county with a two-story brick school. The city of Emory, though larger, did not form an independent school district until 1920.
Point and Emory School Districts consolidated in 1959 to form the Rains Independent School District. This enabled more efficient management and greater selection of high school subjects for students.
*Fun Fact: The two school mascots were the Point Panthers and the Emory Wildcats, so when the schools consolidated RISD adopted the Wildcat as its official mascot.
*Fun Fact: When the trustees met in June of 1913, the bids for the brick school house cost about $6,000!