November 20, 2014

  • HP Band Succeeds at All-Region Audition

    Bethanne Bradshaw (flute), Mary Shinn (flute instructor), and Katelin Adams (piccolo)

    Bethanne Bradshaw (flute), Mary Shinn (flute instructor), and Katelin Adams (piccolo)

    At the All-Region orchestra audition on Nov. 13, two Highlander band students earned first chair. Bethanne Bradshaw on flute and Katelin Adams on piccolo will sit in their prestigious positions for the concert on Nov. 22 at Nimitz High School in Irving.

    The girls’ instructor, Mary Shinn, who has worked with them since sixth grade, said this is the premier ensemble to be in. The audition process is difficult and few are accepted, let alone earn first chair. With this accomplishment, Bradshaw and Adams automatically qualify for the area level of the All-State tryout process as well.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Nov. 20, 2014 | 1:46 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Scot Classic Hoops Tourney Starts Today

    The Scot Classic basketball tournament opens today with boys and girls action. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    The Scot Classic basketball tournament opens today with boys and girls action. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    The annual Scot Classic basketball tournament is still going strong after 51 years, and this year’s event will tip-off today with a field of six boys teams and six girls teams.

    Highland Park will be joined in the boys field by Lake Highlands, Midlothian, Trinity Christian, Ennis, and Austin SFA. On the girls side, HP will compete for the title alongside Trinity Christian, Woodrow Wilson, Wylie East, W.T. White, and Corsicana.

    The Scots (0-1) fell to South Oak Cliff by a 79-69 score in their season opener on Tuesday. The Lady Scots (0-2) opened the season with road losses to Rockwall and Rockwall-Heath.

    You can see the full schedule for the three-day tournament after the jump.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 20, 2014 | 8:01 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 19, 2014

  • HPHS Science Festival is Tomorrow

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    Dr. Richard Salter will speak to students about how advances in robotic technology have aided surgeons. Students will then have an opportunity to have a hands on experience with the da Vinci Surgical Robot. (Courtesy Photo)

    Highland Park High School students will have the exclusive chance to hear from nearly 50 professionals pursing exciting careers in science, technology, engineering, and math fields during the ninth-annual HPHS Science Festival tomorrow.

    Speakers representing a vast array of specialities including medicine, geology, cooking, engineering, cyber security, and even theater tech, will speak to students during their science and technology class periods. The school and festival organizers have asked us to remind students that attendance will be taken.

    Sponsored by the science and technology faculty and organized by parent volunteers, the mission of the Science Festival is to encourage and inspire students to pursue STEM careers and classes.

    Sounds like fun! I wish I’d gone to fest when I was HP. Actually, I’m not sure why I didn’t. #regrets

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Nov. 19, 2014 | 5:59 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • DART Wants Your Input at Meeting in HP

    Have any questions or thoughts about DART service? You can voice those at a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the council chambers at Highland Park Town Hall.

    The meeting will allow input on proposed service changes in the Park Cities, and in the area surrounding the Dallas hospital district.

    DART is adding midday on-call service in the Park Cities on an experimental basis on Dec. 1, and could make it permanent depending on feedback, which would be passed along to the DART board of directors.

    For more information on the meeting, call 214-749-2543.

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 19, 2014 | 5:54 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Milburn Earns Honor For Wofford

    Matthew Milburn

    Matthew Milburn

    Congratulations to former Highland Park High School pitcher Matthew Milburn, who was named the top pitcher during fall practice for the second consecutive year at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.

    Milburn, a junior, led the Terriers with 93.1 innings pitched last season. He posted a 4-6 record and a 3.95 earned-run average in 16 appearances, including 14 starts.

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 19, 2014 | 5:35 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • How Will District Use New Land Near HPHS?

    Dawson Orr

    Dawson Orr

    Highland Park ISD still doesn’t know where it might build a new natatorium as part of a potential upcoming bond initiative, but perhaps a push to acquire more land adjacent to Highland Park High School provides a new option.

    The HPISD board of trustees on Monday gave its approval to secure two lots totaling 0.62 acres in the 4100 block of Lovers Lane previously occupied by apartment buildings.

    The district plans to make an offer to buy the properties first, and they can’t agree on a price, then will use the power of eminent domain. The land, located across the street from the HPISD administration building, could be used “to address parking and facilities needs,” according to a district press release.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 19, 2014 | 10:43 am | 7 Comments | Comments RSS
  • Rape Suspect Linked to Third Crime

    Torey Harris

    Torey Harris

    There’s an update on the imprisoned Dallas man who was charged earlier this fall with a sexual assault in University Park, near the SMU campus.

    The Dallas Morning News reports that Torey Jamal Harris, 23, has now been charged in another aggravated sexual assault case stemming from an incident in Grand Prairie in April. He also faces charges from September assaults near SMU and Navarro College in Corsicana.

    Apparently DNA evidence connected him with the third crime. He remains in the Navarro County Jail.

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 19, 2014 | 10:29 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Alcuin Opens New Innovation Studio

    Alcuin students celebrated the opening of their new, high-tech facility. (Courtesy Photo)

    Alcuin students celebrated the opening of their new, high-tech facility. (Courtesy Photo)

    Alcuin School is encouraging new high-tech student pursuits in its new Innovation Studio, a facility designed to promote an interactive learning environment that stimulates imagination, creativity, innovation, and leadership exploration.

    The contemporary studio, which launched this fall, is equipped with a variety of technological supplies and tools including a 3-D printer, All-In-One Learning boards, a SMART Table, and a presentation theater, among other cutting-edge amenities. Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 19, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Hyer Helps The Hungry

    Students collected frozen turkeys for the NTFB.

    Students collected frozen turkeys for the NTFB.

    Hyer Elementary School families recently did their part to help the less fortunate have a happy Thanksgiving.

    Students and parents brought turkeys to collection boxes at the school. The turkeys are being donated to the North Texas Food Bank, which provides 170,000 meals to the hungry each day through various programs and agencies.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Nov. 19, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Lyle Chosen For Folsom Leadership Award

    Bobby-Lyle-lgLocal civic leader and SMU’s engineering school namesake Bobby B. Lyle will be given the Folsom Leadership Award today by the Methodist Health System Foundation.

    The award, which is named after former Dallas Mayor Robert Folsom, was established in 2005 to recognize those with a demonstrated commitment to community leadership. Past winners include Nancy Ann Hunt, Troy Aikman, Laura Bush, Norman Brinker, Emmitt Smith, Trevor Rees-Jones, Mike Boone, and Rev. Mark Craig.

    Honorary co-chairs include Rex and Renna Tillerson and Ray and Nancy Ann Hunt. Event co-chairs are Mitch and Linda Hart and Highland Park residents David and Carolyn Miller.

    By Sarah Bennett Nov. 19, 2014 | 5:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS