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From Sniper to Salesman

Morgan Hudnall spent seven years in special ops overseas and was a sniper team leader in an Army Ranger battalion. So he knows about guns. (Photo by Chris McGathey) 0
Morgan Hudnall spent seven years in special ops overseas and was a sniper team leader in an Army Ranger battalion. So he knows about guns. (Photo by Chris McGathey)

While many of his teammates on Highland Park’s 2005 state championship football team might have been dreaming of the NFL or chasing corporate goals, Morgan Hudnall’s mind was elsewhere.

As a teenager, the former HP receiver was almost obsessive in his admiration of the military, such as Navy SEALS or Army Delta Force rescue units. He earned a scholarship to SMU and played for two seasons there, but his heart wasn’t in it.

Instead, he joined the Army, spending seven years in special ops forces overseas. He was a sniper team leader in an Army Ranger battalion until suffering what was classified as a traumatic brain injury that left him unable to parachute or perform demolitions.

Carter, Scots Win Tourney at Lakecliff

The Highland Park boys are off to a strong start this fall. They will next compete in a tournament in Austin on Nov. 15,

The Highland Park boys are off to a strong start this fall.

In its second of three tournaments this fall, the Highland Park boys won the Shootout at the Lake on Saturday at Lakecliff Golf Club near Marble Falls.

While shooting under par in two of three rounds, the Scots rallied during the final round to claim the title over Austin Vandegrift. Cash Carter claimed the individual gold medal for HP with a total score of 208 (or 5 under par).

Turner Hosch (209) was second overall and Scott Roden (212) placed sixth. HP will wrap up its fall schedule on Nov. 9 at Falconhead Golf Club in Austin.

Award Winning Columnist Releases First Book


Park Cities People’s own Len Bourland recently released her first book, Normal ‘s Just a Cycle on a Washing Machine. The humorous memoir features excerpts from many of her columns. It recounts her journey through divorce, public scandal, dating again, and becoming a grandmother.

The St. Michaels Women’s Exchange will host a book signing from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 6. Bourland will also read passages and sign copies from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Preston Royal Barnes and Noble.

Bourland has written columns for more than 20 years. She is also a vice president in the real estate industry, and an occasional guest commentator for KERA 90.1 FM.


HP Library Presents “Meet a Firefighter”


In recognition of Fire Prevention Week, the Highland Park library will host “Meet a Firefighter” at 10 a.m. Oct. 14. Children of all ages are invited to attend this special edition of Story Time. An HP Department of Public Safety officer will be on hand to explain firefighting equipment, and discuss fire safety. Kids will also have the opportunity to try on firefighter gear.

Fire Prevention week runs from Oct 9- 14.  This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” The campaign teaches students how to tell if a fire alarm is older than 10 years. It also encourages them to check all the alarms in their home.

For more information, call 214-559-9400.

Americans, Scots Share Winning Golf Weekend

The Highland Park boys surged to victory in Texarkana on Saturday in their first tournament of the fall season.

The Highland Park boys surged to victory in Texarkana on Saturday in their first tournament of the fall season.

On the same weekend that the United States claimed the Ryder Cup, Highland Park opened its season with a stirring victory of its own.

The Scots rallied from a four-shot deficit on the final day to win The Classic Invitational tournament at Texarkana Country Club. Turner Hosch paced HP with a score of 74-72—146, while freshman Scott Roden led the charge in the final round with a 70.

The Scots will tee off again on Oct. 14-15 at Lakecliff Golf Club near Marble Falls, in the second of three tournaments during the fall season.

Penson House Sold for $4.5 Million



Courtesy Heritage Auctions

Courtesy Heritage Auctions


Heritage Auctions announced Sept. 27 that the Penson House on Armstrong Avenue sold for almost $5 million. The buyer, who was represented by Allie Beth Allman of Allie Beth Allman and Associates, chose to remain anonymous.

The 1954 home was designed by O’Neil Ford for Jack and Nancy Penson. Ford was well-known for his architectural style that combined elements of European modernism with Texas and Southwestern elements. The 9,800-square-foot Penson House was one of his largest residential projects.

Preservation Dallas added the house to the 2016 list of most endangered places, noting that its location could be attractive to potential developers, and that Highland Park does not have a mechanism to protect historic buildings.

The house has been on the market for more than two years. According to a release from Heritage Auctions, 12 people placed bids on the house.

“This Highland Park estate was one of the most significant auctions we’ve ever held,” said Nate Schar, Heritage director of luxury real estate.

Cranston to Speak at SMU


screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-12-02-47-pmEmmy and Tony Award winning actor Brian Cranston will discuss his new book My Life in Parts Oct. 19 at SMU’s Hughes-Trigg Student Center. The book focuses on his journey to stardom and revisits many of his most popular roles.

Cranston will talk with Dallas Morning News culture critic Chris Vognar and read an excerpt from the book.

The event is sponsored by Friends of the SMU Libraries. Tickets are $25, and include a signed copy of the book.

For more information, visit

Hockaday Unveils New Arts Center

Photo by Tanner Garza 0
Photo by Tanner Garza

By Hannah Kirkpatrick & Selby Lopez

The Hockaday School opened the doors to its newest building, the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Center for the Arts, on Aug. 24.

The arts building, named after the co-owners of NorthPark Center, will feature 10 private-lesson teaching studios, a new set-design area, and a black-box theatre.

“We have brand new facilities for an entire litany of activities,” Dean of the Upper School Ed Long said. “There is quite a bit to the new facility.”

MD Anderson to Recognize Living Legend


Dr. Kenneth Cooper, founder of the Cooper Institute on Preston Road, will be recognized during MD Anderson’s A Conversation With a Living Legend fundraiser Sept. 28 at the Hilton Anatole. Jeanne Phillips, former representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development during the George W. Bush administration, will interview him.

Cooper has been an advocate of exercise and preventative medicine for nearly five decades. His 1968 book Aerobics helped promote an international fitness movement. Today he oversees seven health and wellness companies.

The Living Legend program has raised more than $15.5 million for MD Anderson in the Dallas-Forth Worth area since 1990.