Jones, Scots Topple Rockwall in Opener

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John Stephen Jones passed for 325 yards and four touchdowns in his varsity debut as HP blasted Rockwall 43-21 on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

John Stephen Jones passed for 325 yards and four touchdowns in his varsity debut as HP blasted Rockwall 43-21 on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

In the weeks leading up to Highland Park’s season opener, John Stephen Jones won a three-way battle for the starting quarterback job.

On Friday, the junior justified the confidence of the coaching staff by throwing for 325 yards and four touchdowns in his varsity debut as the Scots surged to a 43-21 win over Rockwall at Highlander Stadium.

If there were any season-opening jitters, it didn’t show on the HP sideline, as the Scots opened up a 22-point lead in the first eight minutes against a Class 6A opponent that has made deep playoff runs in each of the past two seasons.


Belles to Host 33rd Annual Spaghetti Supper

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Looking to grab a bite to eat before you head to the Highlander stadium for the Scots first home game of the 2016 season tonight? The Highland Belles, partnering with Amore Italian Restaurant, will host their annual Spaghetti Supper in the HPHS cafeteria tonight from 5 to 7 p.m.

A silent auction will showcase several items, including a private rooftop party at El Fenix Downtown Dallas, white gold and diamond hoops with Tahitian peals and diamond dangles by J. Pratt Designs, and birthday parties with the Highland Belles.

Dinner tickets will be sold at the door for $10. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 each or six tickets for $25.

Need your meal to-go? The Belles will deliver orders to patrons’ cars from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the school parking lot south of the stadium on Douglas Avenue.


HPHS Senior Swim Party

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Annie Snell, Flora Kate Richards, and Claire Johnson

Annie Snell, Flora Kate Richards, and Claire Johnson

Highland Park High School Senior Girls will kick off their final year with a class swim party this Sunday Aug. 28 at the Village Country Club. Co-chairs Annie Snell, Flora Kate Richards, and Claire Johnson have been leading the host committee efforts this summer. All senior students at HPHS will be invited.


Preston Hollow Village Brings in Residential

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Rendering courtesy of Provident Realty Advisors

Cranes and construction crews have been a familiar sight on the corner of Walnut Hill Lane and North Central Expressway since construction on Phase II of Preston Hollow Village started in 2013. The mixed-use development is now preparing for a new element of the five-phase project: residential.

“We’re going to continue the mixed-use spirit with our first residential units,” said Jerry Jackson, vice president of development at Provident Realty Advisors, which owns the 42-acre property.

According to Jackson, the complexes, which were designed by Ziegler Cooper Architects, feature more than 500 apartments designed to appeal to three different demographics. One building will target empty nesters looking to downsize without forgoing the amenities of living in a walkable environment. The second will market to young couples and families. The final complex will be designed for young professionals looking to move out of their first apartment for a better work, live, play environment.


Relay Begins XC Season on Saturday

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Highland Park will cross the starting line for the 2016 season on Saturday at the Greenhill Six-Mile Relay at Norbuck Park.

Highland Park will cross the starting line for the 2016 season on Saturday at the Greenhill Six-Mile Relay at Norbuck Park.

Highland Park will hit the ground running for cross country season on Saturday at the Six-Mile Relay at Norbuck Park.

The season-opening meet, hosted by Greenhill, uses a unique relay format with eight races in four categories on a course that includes two hay-bale obstacles.

Saturday’s meet will launch a schedule that includes five more races prior to the District 15-5A meet on Oct. 21 in McKinney.


Rockwall Provides Immediate Test for Scots

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Highland Park will start the season with a rare home game on Friday when the Scots host Rockwall at Highlander Stadium. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park will start the season with a rare home game on Friday when the Scots host Rockwall at Highlander Stadium. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

For the first time since 2001, Highland Park won’t start the season in the Tom Landry Classic. But the competition level will be as high as ever.

The Scots will host Rockwall on Friday to kick off another season of high expectations by putting an experienced defense to the test immediately.

HP is dropping back down to the Class 5A level this season, where it will be one of the state’s largest schools in terms of enrollment. For the last two years, the Scots played in 6A, where they were one of the smallest schools but still won 20 of 24 games, including a district title.


UP Elementary Welcomes New Principal

Principal Candace Judd comes to UP Elementary from Richardson ISD, where she has 25 years of experience. (Photo courtesy of HPISD) 0
Principal Candace Judd comes to UP Elementary from Richardson ISD, where she has 25 years of experience. (Photo courtesy of HPISD)

When students arrive Aug. 22 to start a new school year at University Park Elementary School, Candace Judd will have already settled in to her new role as principal.

“I am delighted to welcome Candi Judd to our leadership team,” HPISD Superintendent Dr. Tom Trigg said in a press release. “Her instructional leadership combined with her experience, enthusiasm, and ability to collaborate with parents and other stakeholders makes her an outstanding choice to lead University Park Elementary. I am confident that she will help UP soar to even higher heights.”


Body Found Near Trinity Identified as Missing SMU Officer

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SMU Police, DPD, HPDPS, and Dallas Fire-Rescue were near Turtle Creek this afternoon where a body was found by a SMU police sergeant.

SMU Police, DPD, HPDPS, and Dallas Fire-Rescue were near Turtle Creek this afternoon where a body was found by a SMU police sergeant.

Update 12:25 p.m. Aug. 25: Dallas County Medical confirmed the body found Wednesday near the Trinity River is SMU police officer Mark McCullers.

Around 2:30 p.m. Aug. 24, a body was found by a SMU police sergeant near the Trinity River close to Oak Lawn Avenue and Levee Street. SMU Police, Highland Park DPS, Dallas Police Department, and Dallas Fire-Rescue were at the scene this afternoon.

According to DPD’s Maj. Jimmy Vaughn that while the body has not yet been identified “I’m assuming it’s [Mark McCullers], the police officer we’re looking for …”

Vaughn reported SMU has performed weekly patrols of the area in search of