HP Grad Wants to Fire Up Scots Fans

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William Draper

William Draper

For William Draper, the opportunity to coordinate the music during his years on the varsity baseball team at Highland Park High School was the start of his passion for sports entertainment.

Since graduating from HP, Baylor, and SMU for post-baccalaureate certifications, he founded Draper Media, which helps brand some of the most successful teams in collegiate sports. Now, he wants to bring that game-day experience to Highlander Stadium.

“I wanted to give Scots fans a Friday night lights unlike any other high school, because HP is truly unlike any other high school,” Draper said. “This is a new era of HP sports that any HP fan will be proud to be a part of.”


All Hail To Thee Dear High Park, High

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Get ready to cheer for the blue and the gold! The first Highland Park Scots home football game of the season is this Friday.

Get all the dish about the players and what to expect this season in our football tab. We’ll be handing them out at the gates, but they were also included in this month’s issue. Inside you’ll find an awesome “Go Scots” sign, provided by Allie Beth Allman.

Raise it high and proud Scotties!!


Patient Finds Spiritual Healing in Hospital

Donna Kohler celebrated her transformation with her Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital team. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Donna Kohler celebrated her transformation with her Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital team. (Courtesy Photo)

“It was the best thing that ever happened. It was basically 532 days to a second chance.”
–Donna Kohler

As Donna Kohler makes her way into her new apartment with the help of her walker, she stops to ask a building worker about her newborn baby — an event Kohler can relate to.

“My son just had a baby — my first grandbaby,” Kohler said with a smile. “It’s nice to hear some good news, finally.”

The good news comes after a string of the opposite. Kohler entered Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Sept. 27, 2013, because of a duodenal ulcer and wasn’t released until 532 days later in March 2015.


Special Birthday Wishes at Snider Plaza Shop

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Daniel and Max Fuqua enjoy some frozen yogurt outside their Snider Plaza store.

Daniel and Max Fuqua enjoy some frozen yogurt outside their Snider Plaza store.

We could try to re-write this, but we’ll just let Max Fuqua, the owner of Plaza Health Foods in Snider Plaza, tell this story. Thanks to him for sharing:

Daniel Marcellus Fuqua, born Sept. 2, 2014, will celebrate his first birthday after his shift at Plaza Health Foods ends on Wednesday. Festivities will include racing tricycles down the isles of the shop, vitamin jar tossing, hide the telephone, and much more, plus all the organic apple sauce you can eat!

His father, Max Fuqua, built Daniel a nursery at the shop so he could spend the whole day with his son. Miss Lumi the Nanny meets them there everyday to help out when Papa is busy with customers. Daniel’s mother, Alessandra, works as a CPA and comes to the shop every day for a lunch visit.


Landscaping Class Offers Tips on Trees

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If you think the drought conditions are rough on your lawn during the summer, such weather can be equally bad for trees.

That’s why the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas is coming to Highland Park Town Hall on Tuesday. Experts will give you advice on how to protect your trees, which can contribute to energy savings and water savings, and affect property values.

The free landscaping class will focus on selecting and planting trees more suitable to the North Texas climate, as well as provide information on watering, pruning, and disease prevention. It begins at 6:30 p.m., and you can RSVP here.


Salesmanship Club Raises $5.6M at Nelson

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Jordan Spieth and friends helped to raise $5.6 million at the Byron Nelson Championship in May. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Jordan Spieth and friends helped to raise $5.6 million at the Byron Nelson Championship in May. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

While excessive rain turned the golf course into a muddy mess, it didn’t put a damper on the charitable efforts of this year’s Byron Nelson Championship.

The Salesmanship Club, which is the host organization for the PGA Tour event in Irving, said this week that the tournament raised more than $5.6 million in May for Momentous Institute, a Dallas nonprofit organization that provides education and therapeutic services to repair the social and emotional health of children.

Since the tournament began in 1968, it has raised $143 million for charity, and has consistently been among the top philanthropic events of its kind in the country.


Scots Hold Off Late Centennial Rally

Stephen Dieb scored three touchdowns for Highland Park during a 28-26 win over Frisco Centennial on Saturday. (Photo: Don Johnson) 0
Stephen Dieb scored three touchdowns for Highland Park during a 28-26 win over Frisco Centennial on Saturday. (Photo: Don Johnson)

ALLEN – At first glance, Highland Park looked like it was already in midseason form during the first half of Saturday’s season opener in the Tom Landry Classic.

By the end, the Scots had to hold off a furious rally by Frisco Centennial for a 28-26 win that prompted a sigh of relief.

The primary reason was speedy Centennial tailback Anthony Pegues, who was the workhorse for the Titans with 306 rushing yards and three touchdowns. His third score came on his 38th carry of the game – a 1-yard plunge with 17 seconds left that cut the HP lead to 28-26. However, a pass on the ensuing two-point conversion attempt sailed out of bounds, preserving the win for the Scots.


Allen, Scots Start Season With Optimism

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Henry Allen will make his first varsity start at quarterback on Saturday against Frisco Centennial. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Henry Allen will make his first varsity start at quarterback on Saturday against Frisco Centennial. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

When Highland Park opens the season on Saturday, its expectations won’t match its experience level.

That’s common for the Scots, who annually have high levels of roster turnover each year but still manage to be among the top teams in the Dallas area.

HP will meet Frisco Centennial as part of the annual Tom Landry Classic in Allen, in a rematch of a season-opening game the Scots won 47-0 a year ago.

That victory jump-started a 10-2 campaign in HP’s first season at the Class 6A level. The Scots lost 19 of 22 starters from that squad, but players and coaches feel they might be even better this year.


Madrina Will Open Next Week

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Michael Martensen, Sal Jafar, Jeremy Hargrove, and Kyle McClelland will launch Madrina. (Photo: Laura Buckman)

Michael Martensen, Sal Jafar, Jeremy Hargrove, and Kyle McClelland will launch Madrina. (Photo: Laura Buckman)

In June, we told you about a new restaurant called Madrina opening in The Shops of Highland Park. The French-Mexican fusion eatery will officially open the first week of September, so start marking your calendars now.

Julio Peraza has also been named executive chef.

“We are thrilled to have Julio on our team,” said Sal Jafar II, partner and co-founder of Misery Loves Co. “His background in traditional French techniques and passions for bold, authentic Mexican cuisine are a perfect match for our inspiration behind the concept of Madrina.”


Highland Park Test Positive For West Nile

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Mosquito Management Map 2015A pool of mosquitoes has tested positive for West Nile Virus in Highland Park. The sample was taken from the west side of town.

In response, the town will spray for mosquitoes west of Preston Road to town limits (quadrants A and B on the map above). Spraying will begin at 10 p.m. and end by 6 a.m. the following morning on Aug. 28, 29, and 30.

The areas to be sprayed include public rights-of-way and town tennis courts. Spraying will not take place in the event of high winds or rain.

In order to help prevent the spread of West Nile, dump out standing water in yards such as bird baths, wading pools, pet dishes, and flower pot basins. Change water several times per week. Pets and people should stay inside during spraying, and clean any pet dishes left outside.


HP Foundation Endows English Chair

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Jennifer Gunn

For the first time, the Highland Park Education Foundation has endowed an English department chair at Highland Park High School. The chair is named after longtime HPISD superintendent John Connolly, and Jennifer Gunn now holds the position.

Gunn comes to Highland Park from Rockwall-Heath High School with nearly 20 years of experience. She is a reader for the AP English Language and Composition exam, and she has been a board member for the Cowan Center for Education Teacher Alumni Advisory Board for eight years.