August 30, 2014

  • Burgin, Scots Shut Out Centennial in Opener

    HP receiver Campbell Brooks caught three touchdown passes against Frisco Centennial. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    HP receiver Campbell Brooks caught three touchdown passes against Frisco Centennial. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    With a program built on tradition, Highland Park got back to its traditional season-opening result at the Tom Landry Classic on Saturday.

    The Scots did so in emphatic fashion by crushing Frisco Centennial 47-0 at Ford Stadium, earning their 10th victory in 13 tries in the Landry event.

    HP lost each of the past two openers against Aledo, including 44-3 a year ago, but dominated the Titans from start to finish behind an experienced offense and an aggressive defense.

    Brooks Burgin rushed for three touchdowns but was even more prolific through the air. Burgin completed 17 of 23 passes for 326 yards and three scores before exiting midway through the third quarter with the rest of the starting unit.

    All three of Burgin’s touchdown passes went to Campbell Brooks, who had seven receptions total for 155 yards.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 30, 2014 | 11:06 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Highland House Proposal Withdrawn

    Crosland Group is proposing a 22-story luxury apartment complex, called Highland House, in the 8200 block of Westchester Drive. (Photo: Crosland Group

    This rendering shows Preston Center as it will never be. (Photo: Crosland Group)

    Remember Highland House? Chances are if you live around Preston Center, you do. It was the proposed 23-story apartment building proposed by the Crosland Group that was scaled back a couple of times in response to opposition from community members over its height and density.

    That same opposition led to the Dallas Plan Commission tabling the necessary rezoning case this spring to pave the way for a land-use study for the Preston Center area. Now comes word that Crosland has withdrawn its plans for the Westchester space, and that the land has been sold to former Dallas City Council candidate Leland Burk.

    The Dallas Morning News has more details on the latest development in this ongoing saga.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 30, 2014 | 12:57 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 29, 2014

  • Scots Ready For Centennial Season Opener

    Kevin Ken is one of the top returning receivers this season for Highland Park. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Kevin Ken is one of the top returning receivers this season for Highland Park. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    For the 13th straight year, Highland Park will open its season in the Tom Landry Classic.

    With a 9-3 record in their previous 12 appearances in the annual neutral-site event, the Scots have more wins than any school in its history. They also have more losses.

    HP was probably eager for a retooling of the matchups this season after losing decisively to Aledo in each of the past two openers, including 44-3 last year.

    But the point of the Landry event is strong competition, and so Frisco Centennial won’t offer much of a break for the Scots as they prepare for a historic jump to Class 6A later this season. The game is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at SMU’s Ford Stadium.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 29, 2014 | 7:39 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Orr: Decision on State Funding Benefits Students

    Dawson Orr

    Dawson Orr

    Count Highland Park ISD superintendent Dawson Orr among those who support yesterday’s ruling of State District Judge John Dietz, which again declared state’s school finance system unconstitutional.

    Attorney general Greg Abbott is expected to appeal the ruling, which is scheduled to take effect next summer, to the Texas Supreme Court. The judgment reaffirms a decision Dietz made in February 2013 before he revisited the issue to examine changed made by the Texas Legislature in 2013.

    “We’ve all known for years that the school finance system is broken. Judge Dietz’s ruling supported that sentiment,” Orr said in a statement. “While we fully expect the ruling to be appealed to the Texas Supreme Court, we hope the Texas Legislature will not wait to provide the resources our students deserve. Despite a likely appeal, this ruling represents an important step for the school children of Texas.”

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    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 29, 2014 | 4:34 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Burleson Park is Closed For Repairs

    Burleson Park will be closed for the rest of this year for renovations.

    Those who park or travel frequently near Burleson Park, take heed. University Park will close the park at the intersection of University Boulevard and Dublin Street beginning tomorrow for a renovation project.

    That means the 60 or so parking spaces adjacent to the park along Dublin and Durham streets won’t be available at least until January, when the work is expected to be complete.

    The city will put up fences and barricades on the sidewalks around the entire park, and cars that aren’t moved by tomorrow could be either towed or fenced in. Not fun either way.

    At any rate, the renovations will include a new rubber surface and shade structures for the playground, new walkways and decorative lighting, an upgraded irrigation system, and new turf and botanical beds.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 29, 2014 | 2:24 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Hyer Got a Slice of Last Night’s Pizza Profits

    The donation from Papa John's to Hyer Elementary does not include this mascot costume.

    The donation from Papa John’s to Hyer Elementary does not include this mascot costume.

    We present this photo of this bizarre-looking mascot not to poke fun at it — well, OK, just a little — but to share that Papa John’s donated 20 percent of its profits in the Park Cities last night to Hyer Elementary School.

    Apparently, the “dollars for dough” event was the first of several between the HPISD school and the pizza chain during the upcoming school year. Papa John’s also plans to sponsor the school’s upcoming carnival and end-of-year parties.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 29, 2014 | 2:08 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Hyperbaric Patients Get a Breath of Fresh Air

    Hyperbaric Patients Get a Breath of Fresh Air

    Hyperbaric chambers such as this one allow patients to breathe in high-pressure oxygen to help with a variety of ailments. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Basketball injuries might not vanish into thin air, but more top-level athletes are giving it a try than ever before.

    That’s why former Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd sometimes visited Texas Sports Hyperbarics after a long road trip. Or why former Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton did the same to ease the aches and pains during a lengthy season.

    They come to spend an hour or two relaxing in a hyperbaric chamber, a high-pressure oxygen tube that’s been proven to aid in everything from the care of bruises and wounds to therapy for stroke victims.

    “The availability of single-chamber, hyperbaric oxygen therapy has revolutionized my sports medicine practice,” said Dr. T.O. Souryal, a Highland Park resident and team physician for the Mavericks. “With professional athletes, we often use hyperbaric oxygen treatments for recovery after strenuous exercise such as back-to-back games, playoffs, and long-distance weekend competitions.” Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 29, 2014 | 1:58 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Pastor Takes Church to the Great Outdoors

    Pastor Takes Church to the Great Outdoors in Caruth Park

    Pastor Grant Myers spends time focusing on the children during a Sunday service. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Blankets and camping chairs may not immediately come to mind when you think of Sunday church service. But that’s the vibe built around Life Dallas, an outdoor church developed by pastor Grant Myers.

    “God opened the door,” he said. And he means that rather literally. “If Jesus walked here on Earth again, the last place he’d enter is a church — church didn’t start in a building.”

    Myers admits his own love of the outdoors. He grew up in Georgia, attended seminary in Tennessee, and worked in ministry in Colorado for a few years. He enjoys taking his dogs, Huckleberry and Sammy, out on hiking trips.

    But the church is about more than just his own passions.

    “I think you’ll see that God’s here,” he said. “What better place to meet than in God’s creation?” Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 29, 2014 | 11:30 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Documentary Explores HP Gridiron Tradition

    Documentary Explores HP Tradition

    Matthew Stafford is among the interviewees in the documentary. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

    At the professional level, you can just sign a few free agents. At the college level, you can lure a couple of big-name recruits. But how do you keep winning at the high-school level, year after year, essentially on a level playing field with your competition?

    That’s what intrigued Dallas-based documentary filmmaker Mickey Holden, who has worked on projects about big-name athletes for network television but couldn’t shake the concept of a film about the tradition that comes with Highland Park football.

    “I’ve always been intrigued with why Highland Park is always good,” Holden said. “To keep winning I find remarkable. I wanted to find out what the secret sauce is.”

    Holden’s finished project is an hour-long look at the Scots that coincides with the program’s 100th anniversary this fall. It traces the football team’s successes in the early years with Doak Walker and Bobby Layne to its most recent state title behind Matthew Stafford in 2005. Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 29, 2014 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 28, 2014

  • Cafeteria’s Name Defies Location

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    Jeff Snoyer reopened the doors of Highland Park Cafeteria as its new owner in 2007, going back to the original name. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    “What’s that doing there?” It’s a question many drivers may ask themselves on their way to White Rock Lake when they see Highland Park Cafeteria sitting in a Casa Linda shopping center.

    The answer dates all the way back to 1925, when Carolyn Goodman first opened the original Highland Park Cafeteria on Knox Street, just across the street from the equally historic Highland Park Pharmacy.

    “There would be a line around the block,” modern-day owner Jeff Snoyer said of the original location.

    The cafeteria eventually grew to eight locations, including Casa Linda. But after the bank failures of the late 1980s, only the original location and Casa Linda were left.

    By the mid-1990s, Goodman had died and the family was no longer involved in the business, so the cafeteria changed hands. Unfortunately, the new owner could not keep the business afloat long.

    “It was a sad day when it closed,” Goodman’s grandson David Yates said. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 28, 2014 | 2:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS