September 30, 2014

  • Allman Will Share Account of Kennedy Assassination

    Pierce Allman will share his tale of a legendary day in history as part of The Sixth Floor Museum’s October Living History Program on Saturday.

    On Nov, 22, 1963, Allman – then a program director for WFAA radio, decided to cover President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Dallas. After shots were fired at the motorcade, Allman asked a man where he could find a phone to alert the radio station. He later learned that man was Lee Harvey Oswald.

    Allman, a Park Cities resident, will share his recollections at 2 p.m. The Living History Series consists of firsthand accounts from historic events of the early 1960s. Tickets are $10 for the program only or $5 with museum admission. Advanced tickets can be purchased at

    By Allyssa Schoonover Sep. 30, 2014 | 12:09 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS

  • HP Library Teams up With Readers 2 Leaders

    Librarian Kortney Nelson, Readers 2 Leaders program director Norma Nelson, office manager Victoria Ramirez, and HP Library children's assistant Pam Hatcher (Courtesy photo)

    Librarian Kortney Nelson, Readers 2 Leaders program director Norma Nelson, office manager Victoria Ramirez, and HP Library children’s assistant Pam Hatcher (Courtesy photo)

    This year’s book-donation recipient following the Highland Park Library’ Summer Reading program is Readers 2 Leaders. During the summer program, when children turned in their reading logs, each one would pick a book to donate in their name. Then on Sept. 16, HP Library staff delivered the books to Booktown, Readers 2 Leaders’ family-literacy center. Congratulations to all participating readers!

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 30, 2014 | 12:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS

  • Lululemon Learns From Mistakes, Hosts Party

    Remember the PR disaster that Lululemon created with their little “Partners Card” window reference last year? Well, I guess they learned that in the Park Cities, you don’t mess with Partners Card, or rather its beneficiary, The Family Place, because they’ve actually teamed up with them this year — Lululemon will be hosting a block party from 6 – 7:30 p.m. tonight with The Family Place in order to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

    The party will be held at Social Mechanics, while its neighbor, HG Supply, will supply concessions. Gift baskets will also be raffled through the evening.

    Even though this event will benefit Partners Card/Family Place, don’t try to swipe your Partners Card at Lululemon this season. They’re still not listed as one of the 750+ participating stores. Baby steps.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 30, 2014 | 9:15 am | No Comments | Comments RSS

  • HP’s Temporary Book Ban Reversed

    A lot has been happening since HPISD temporarily suspended seven books from HPHS classrooms. First, there was an online petition with more than 2,000 signatures, and then one of the books — The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls was reinstated.

    Last night, the district sent out an email to parents on behalf of superintendent Dr. Dawson Orr that the temporary ban has been reversed, and the district will follow board policy EFA (LOCAL) [see below] for further review of the materials. Therefore, the titles are once again fair game for approved reading.

    “I made the decision in an attempt to de-escalate the conflict, and I readily admit that it had the opposite effect,” Orr said in the email. 

    The email also stated that HPISD will continue to seek further transparency in literature selection. As a step in that direction, more information on how books are chosen has been posted online. There’s also a Q&A. Parents will also receive permission forms for books with questionable material, and an alternative will be selected should the parent express concern regarding that text.

    One formal request regarding one of the originally banned books has been received regarding The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. A “reconsideration committee” will be chosen to review it and make a recommendation on its use. That committee will be made up of 10 members including parents, faculty, staff, and counselors.

    “We are encouraged to see that several students are interested in serving, and we plan to include them, as well,” the email stated. 

    Access to the “challenged material,” as it is labeled, will not be limited during the review process.


    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 29, 2014 | 11:25 am | No Comments | Comments RSS

  • Watch a Former HP Player Crush a Wayward Fan

    Highland Park alums made plenty of nice plays on the football field at colleges around the country on Saturday.

    But one of the best didn’t even count, and it wasn’t made by a player. Former HP standout Anthony Schlegel is now a strength and conditioning coach at Ohio State, his alma mater.

    During the second quarter of OSU’s game against Cincinnati on Saturday, a fan ran on to the field. Schlegel didn’t like that, and you’ll see his awesome response in this video.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 29, 2014 | 6:16 am | 5 Comments | Comments RSS

    September 28, 2014

  • Author Visits Angelika Film Center

    James Ellroy will appear at the Angelika. (Photo: Jennifer Carroll)

    James Ellroy will appear at the Angelika. (Photo: Jennifer Carroll)

    Author James Ellroy will visit the Angelika Film Center as part of the USA Film Festival on Oct. 7. His book, Perfidia: A Novel, details Pearl Harbor Day events from the Los Angeles Police Department’s perspective.

    A reception starts at 6:30 p.m., while the actual event begins at 7 p.m. Then, L.A. Confidential will be screened at 8 p.m.

    Tickets are $24 in advance or $30 at the door, which includes a copy of the book. 

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 28, 2014 | 1:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS

    September 26, 2014

  • Scots Rally Past Stallions in 10-6A Opener

    HP's Daniel Gouskos chases North Mesquite quarterback Ja'Quez Gooch on Friday. The Scots won 29-9. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    HP’s Daniel Gouskos chases North Mesquite’s Ja’Quez Gooch on Friday. The Scots won 29-9. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    MESQUITE — In case there was any doubt, District 10-6A will not be a cakewalk for Highland Park.

    That much was proven on Friday, but so was the resiliency of the Scots during a 29-9 victory over North Mesquite at Hanby Stadium in the program’s long-awaited debut in the new 6A classification.

    HP rallied from an early 9-0 deficit with 29 unanswered points, and seemed to get stronger as the game progressed on both sides of scrimmage.

    On a night when the HP passing game was inconsistent, Stephen Dieb provided the offensive spark for the Scots with a career-high 139 yards rushing and a late touchdown that helped to seal the victory.

    “Our running game got going in the second half,” said HP head coach Randy Allen. “When you’re not on throwing the football, it makes it hard to keep a drive going. Sometimes I’m not patient enough with our running game, but tonight we stuck with it, and it paid off.”

    Whatever the reason, the Scots (4-0, 1-0) struggled out of the gate on offense in their first road game of the season, which also came after a bye week. North Mesquite was able to put pressure on HP quarterback Brooks Burgin, and the Scots had just two yards on its first two possessions combined. HP didn’t earn a first down until midway through the second quarter.

    “North Mesquite did a great job of taking away some of the things that we do well,” Allen said. “We were a little stale coming out of the open date.”

    Burgin found Andrew Frost for a 24-yard touchdown pass with 2:14 left before halftime, but the Scots still trailed 9-7 at the break in their lowest-scoring half of the season by far.

    HP committed three turnovers, including two first-half interceptions, but the Stallions (2-2, 0-1) generally failed to capitalize.

    Meanwhile, the Scots forced just one North Mesquite miscue, but it provided a key momentum swing. Carter McDade intercepted a pass in HP territory early in the third quarter, and Burgin — who completed just 12 of 27 passes in the game — found Kevin Ken for the go-ahead scoring pass three plays later. Ken also caught the two-point conversion pass.

    HP never relinquished the advantage, as North Mesquite gained just 11 yards of total offense in the third quarter.

    The Scots took a 22-9 lead on their opening possession of the fourth quarter, when Burgin connected with Frost, who made a diving catch in the end zone for a 32-yard score. It was the second touchdown of the game for Frost, who finished with a game-high 89 receiving yards.

    The HP defense gradually reeled in the more athletic Stallions, who were led by dual-threat quarterback Ja’Quez Gooch. The sophomore had a team-high 76 rushing yards, with much of that coming while scrambling out of the pocket.

    “I’m really pleased with how we played in the second half,” Allen said. “We know we’ve got to play better, but it’s just good to get this first win.”

    HP will look to continue its momentum next week, when it returns home to face Richardson Pearce. The Mustangs were upset by rival Richardson in their district opener on Friday.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 26, 2014 | 11:46 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS

  • Here Are Your Homecoming Queen Hopefuls

    One of these six girls will be the next homecoming queen at HPHS.

    One of these six girls will be the next homecoming queen at Highland Park High School.

    Homecoming week starts Monday at Highland Park High School, and so it’s time for some homecoming queen nominees.

    Accordingly, the HPHS student council has announced that Leah Jackson, Peyton Ward, Shannon Shiffer, Bailey Pogue, Grayson Baird, and Meghan McCollum are in contention for the honor.

    The nominees will be introduced on the field at halftime of the Oct. 3 football game against Richardson Pearce, with the winner being announced after a student-body vote at the homecoming dance the following night.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 26, 2014 | 4:46 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS

  • First Grader’s Rewarded with a Pie in the Face

    Julian Gerstle threw the pie while his classmates cheered him on.

    “Mighty Max” received a whipped cream facial from Julian Gerstle.

    Mrs. Chaney’s first-grade class got quite the reward for raising the most money for Bradfield’s Boosterthon last Thursday. In celebration of the accomplishment, one student got to throw a pie in the face of Boosterthon’s “Mighty Max.”

    Julian Gerstle did the honors while his peers laughed and cheered him on. Boosterthon’s Rock’n Town Live Fun Run took place on Wednesday. Students recruited pledges for the number of laps they will run, which raised money for the school.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Sep. 26, 2014 | 1:20 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
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