Acclaimed Author Liz Murray To Speak at Pot of Gold Luncheon


Liz Murray, a well-known author, speaker, and recipient of the White House "Project's Role Model Award" and Oprah Winfrey's first-ever "Chutzpah Award," will speak at Attorney's Serving the Community/Pot of Gold luncheon.

The June 22 event at the Hilton Anatole hotel will benefit Rainbow Days.

The child of drug-addicted parents who routinely ate from dumpsters to survive, Murray was homeless at age 15 and fending for her life. Determined not to be defined by her circumstances, she recognized education as the key to a fresh beginning and a whole new way of living.

OUT AND ABOUT: Won’t You Be My Neighbor (Movie Review)


Fred Rogers appears in Won't You Be My Neighbor? by Morgan Neville, an official selection of the Documentary Premieres program at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Jim Judkis.

Like many of you, I grew up watching Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

After returning from a press screening today for Won't You Be My Neighbor?, my friend Kate and I had a brief conversation about the documentary and how watching Mister Rogers was almost like a ritual for us when we were children. For her, that routine included her nanny making her a hotdog for a snack and a sleeping bag to cuddle up.

New HP Mayor Not Focused on Making History


Margo Goodwin is ready to tackle challenges with research and listening. (Photo: Konrad Kaltenbach)

Electing a woman as mayor is not all that unusual in 2018 America, but mayoral portraits on the back wall of the Town Council Chambers serve as a reminder that doing so is a first in Highland Park.

Just don’t expect new Mayor Margo Goodwin to get all excited about making such history.

Stanzel Wins Title at All-Star Games


E.C. Stanzel, front row left, represented Highland Park in the TAVC All-Star Games over the weekend.

Highland Park’s E.C. Stanzel was among 48 seniors from throughout Texas who competed in the Texas Association of Volleyball Coaches 5A/6A All-Star Games on Saturday in Pearland.

Stanzel was on the South team, which defeated two other all-star squads to win the championship in the four-team tournament.

She was dressed in the same jersey that she wore when the Lady Scots won at a tournament in Pearland in 2015. Stanzel will play in college for UT-Dallas next season.

Clements Foundation gives $10 million to Highland Park Education Foundation


The historic fund will support HPISD teachers and honor the legacy of Governor Bill Clements.

The Highland Park Education Foundation (HPEF) announced Tuesday afternoon that it has received an unprecedented $10 million gift from Clements Foundation to establish the William P. Clements, Jr. Fund designated to meet the needs of teachers in the Highland Park Independent School District. The gift is the largest in the history of the Education Foundation and the district.

HPISD, Town Leaders Discuss Revised Design for Bradfield Elementary School


This drawing by Stantec architect Jonathan Aldis incorporates some of the changes, which emerged from a peer review of the Bradfield Elementary School design.

A proposed redesign for Bradfield Elementary School, developed during a peer review process with a classical architect from Houston, would cost an additional $754,000 to build, according to Highland Park ISD. That's $354,000 more than district leaders are willing to spend.

Instead, the district will seek approval for design changes costing $399,000 more. The plan keeps a much-discussed colonnade in front of the entry courtyard and forgoes changes to a tower, but modifies window designs throughout the school and incorporates quatrefoils and more brick into the design.