Ted Polk was a distinguished educator and musician. Polk joined the Carrollton-Farmers Branch School District in 1969. He was the choir director at R. L. Turner High School for ten years. From 1979 to 1988, he served as assistant principal at Vivian Field, DeWitt Perry, North Carrollton (now Dan F. Long) Middle Schools. In 1988, Polk was named the district’s coordinator of fine arts. From 1994 until his death in February 1995, he held the position of director of fine arts. Polk worked tirelessly to build and keep a strong fine arts program in the schools. Ted Polk Middle School opened in 1997 as the district’s fifth middle school.