For Immediate Release:

Ed Shipman, Founder of Happy Hill Farm, To Be Honored at Luncheon That Benefited His Children’s Charity For Over 30 Years

Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys will honor Ed Shipman, Founder of Happy Hill Farm, at the annual Dallas Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon this year (2016).   Charles Edward Shipman passed away on Monday, August 22nd at the age of 83.  Shipman served children in North Texas and the surrounding area for over 40 years.

Ed Shipman and his wife, Gloria, began Happy Hill Farm in 1975 to serve underprivileged children after answering a call from a local sheriff to help two runaway girls.  Located in Granbury, Texas on 500 acres, North Central Texas Academy at Happy Hill Farm has become a boarding, day, and international private school offering students more than just a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum.  The extensive program fosters the development of leaders with compassion and character.

With many of the boarding students on scholarship, donations from the private sector are important.  Countless individuals, corporations, and foundations have shared Ed Shipman’s dream over the years.  Every gift holds opportunity to allow students to learn, commit, grow, and succeed in future endeavors.  Traditional boarding schools have existed for many years, but a residential school that also provides the same opportunities for motivated, high potential students from low opportunity backgrounds is a rarity.

For media passes to the luncheon, or to schedule an interview about Happy Hill Farm and NCTA, contact Gina Roach at 214-223-1451 or email