School Basics

About Rutherford Elementary 

Sam Rutherford Elementary opened in 1965 and was rebuilt in 2018. The school was named after Sam Rutherford, who not only served the community as a school trustee, but also as the Mayor of Mesquite and as the city's fire chief. He is known to his family and the students of Rutherford Elementary as Papa Sam.  

Rutherford is "Where the Best Begins" and has approximately 700 students. The school is nestled in the middle of the neighborhood, located next to the Mesquite Parks and Recreation Center.  

The school is proud to be part of the Mesquite High School feeder pattern. Go Skeeters!

Our Feeder Pattern 

Our Principal

Dr. Holly Grubbs is the principal of Rutherford Elementary and has served the Mesquite ISD community as a teacher and campus administrator for over 20 years.  

She is a graduate of Mesquite ISD and continued her education with a bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University, a master’s degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and a doctorate from Southern Methodist University.  

Dr. Grubbs believes, “We each have the opportunity to influence others, so as we move forward, let us impact the hearts of people, inspire hope for tomorrow, and ignite a desire of service to those who cross our path.”

Campus Administration

Casy Wilburn
Assistant Principal 

Alicia Gutierrez
Campus Counselor 

Lesa Roberson

Contact Us

Rutherford Elementary

1100 Rutherford Dr
Mesquite, TX 75149 

(972) 290-4060

School Hours

Elementary School Day
7:55 a.m. – 3:05 p.m.

Elementary Early Release
12:25 p.m.

3-year-old Pre-K Morning Session 
7:45 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.

3-year-old Pre-K Afternoon Session
11:55 a.m. – 3:05 p.m.

4-year-old Full Day Pre-K
7:55 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.


Supply Lists

School Health Advisory Council

Title 1 Information

Parent Right to Know - English

Parent Right to Know - Spanish

A copy of the Campus Improvement Plan is available for review in the school office upon request.