Hutto, a city of over 22,000 people, is located in Williamson County, Texas on the eastern edge of the famous Hill Country Region. The community was established in 1876 when the International-Great Northern Railroad passed through land owned by James Emory Hutto for whom the city is named. Hutto has undergone a transformation over the past decade from a sleepy, rural Texas farm town of 1,250 in the year 2000 to one of Austin’s Metro Area fastest growing suburbs.
Located 30 miles from Austin and 10 miles from Round Rock, you’re never to far from fun and attractions. Play a round at Star Ranch Golf course, take in a game at the Dell Diamond or stroll through Old Town, the original boundaries for the City of Hutto. Many historic homes have been restored and are excellent examples of the small Swedish farming community that established the town in 1911. Old Town also has a great collection of unique restaurants and shops within the Hutto Commercial Historic District. Everything is close by and easily accessed on foot or by car.
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Hutto ISD want to achieve success for all students by “Inspiring Excellence in Academics, Character and Community. Hutto ISD serves a diverse population from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade including: 6,600 students, 6 elementary schools, 2 middle schools , 1 high school and 1 alternative school. A new elementary school, Kerley Elementary will be opening in the fall of 2019. It will be located on the northern part of a tract of land owned by the school district east of the Siena neighborhood and south of Green Haven Ranch neighborhood.
Hutto is home to the Eastern Williamson County Higher Education Center; a partnership between Temple Junior College, Texas A&M University-Central Texas, and Texas State Technical College. College students also have the option to attend classes at Texas State University’s Round Rock Campus or at Austin Community College’s Round Rock Campus.
Hutto is the only community in the United States to use the hippo as its mascot. There are several stories that explain how the hippopotamus became Hutto’s official mascot. The most popular tells of a circus train that stopped at the depot in 1915, most likely to take on passengers, pick up mail and water and feed the animals. During this historic stop, it is said that a hippo escaped and made its way to nearby Cottonwood Creek. Farmers and merchants watched in amusement as unsuccessful efforts were made to extricate the troublesome hippo from the muddy waters. Soon after the incident, the Hutto School adopted the hippo as its mascot.
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