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DeSoto ISD Recognizes Roland Parrish for Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month with the ABC’s of DeSoto ISD Black History! P is for Parrish! DeSoto resident and parent to two DHS alum, one of whom was inducted into the DeSoto ISD Hall of Honor, Roland Parrish is the president, CEO and owner of Parrish McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd., which owns 26 McDonald’s franchises in North Texas with total revenues of more than $60 million annually. As the second largest investor in the Reimagining Red Bird Project, he helped bring new medical facilities, a Marriott Hotel and hundreds of jobs to the Southern Sector. Through his Parrish Charitable Foundation, he has partnered with the Texas Rangers Baseball Club to assist the organization and Major League Baseball with their goal to increase minority representation in the front office. The foundation also committed to sponsor a four-year, $250,000 fellowship for the team’s Charlie Pride internship. In April, he donated a historic $3 million gift to Fisk University – one of the largest gifts in the university’s history. The donation was used to fund the construction of the new Roland Parrish Career Planning & Development Center. A consistent supporter of DeSoto ISD, Parrish has served as Principal for a Day and is a sponsor for DHS football programs, including underwriting assistance for the annual banquet. The photo captures Parrish after he shared compliments and encouragement with the DHS Culinary Arts students who had just served the Leadership Southwest graduation banquet. For additional information, visit

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