High School Principal: We Need More Land

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  • Sports Fan

    The softball field has got to be the least utilized sports space/facility on the campus. How many players and coaches take advantage of that square footage throughout the year?

    There is zero chance that HP will build a pool. Its off to Loos (DISD) for the swim teams.

  • anon

    The softball field is used by other sports teams during the fall, including the football team, so it actually provides more practice space to the athletic program as a whole.

  • Avid Reader

    @Sports Fan, Apparently enough players at HP and enough revenue from outside leagues to allow them to break all of their promises to the surrounding residents regarding the light installation. Though, now that this has finally come out in public conversation I’d say those people should be more worried about the take-over of their homes in the near future.

  • Tk

    Let the swimmers go to the soon to be built YMCA on Preston. Turn the Seay Tennis Center into the new band hall, which needs updating and is reported to be too small. Expand the cafeteria serving area into the hall and current band hall, so juniors don’t have to eat off-campus.
    The current pool would provide room for 26 classrooms? That’s huge. So build it out with classrooms,offices, weight room,dance hall- whatever is needed. What’s with the dirt overflow parking behind the garage? If HPISD owns that why not expand the parking garage to that space? Done deal.


    Why cant HP we use SMU facilities? such as their 2 pools and stadium? All SMU FB games are on Saturdays so there’s no game time conflict .Building parking and classrooms in the stadium space would solve space issue effectively and not bother the softball neighbors. FB, soccer and band can practice in multi sport facility.

  • 1st anon

    “to fully satisfy the requests they have for parking from current students and faculty, they’d need 300 additional spaces right now.”

    How about starting with fewer cars?

  • @1st anon: At a previous board meeting, Jim Hitzelberger said something like, “Maybe we don’t need more parking spaces; maybe we need more bike racks.”


    @TK @1st Anon, think yall are both spot on, although biking is really kind of dangerous around the HS, kids and parents drive terribly. We have 5 driving HS kids in our block and block over, they all drive separately! maybe carpooling should be mandatory. Some action needs to be taken quickly, no need to delay.PS the HS cafeteria food is horrible. The mid school really has good selection of edible food and fresh salad bar everyday. Why cant they do the same for HS?

  • Mass Transit

    Maybe the school district should purchase those large Mercedes Transport Vehicles (upscale buses) and make riding the bus mandatory. The buses could also be used to transport the sports and academic teams to off-site competitions. (And, no one would be embarrased to have to ride in a yellow submarine.) Or, HP could refer to the “buses” as “shuttles” like at UT.

    SMU has one six-lane indoor pool that is no larger than the HP pool. The SMU outdoor pool is not really an option in the “wintery mix” season.

    The SMU football neighbors don’t like the parking situation either.

  • 1st anon

    How about only seniors can park at the school? Everyone else can take a school bus, carpool, walk or ride a bike. It’d take roughly 10 buses. Too good for a school bus? Tough. Walk/bike.

  • 1st anon

    @Mass Transit: “Mercedes Transport Vehicles”. Are you kidding me? Stop coddling. Standard yellow buses. Too embarrassed? Then walk.

  • Avid Reader

    Faculty and then Seniors should be given the spots in the garage and surrounding school, others drive/park at your own pleasure. Can’t find a spot? Figure it out. No one is embarrassed to ride a yellow bus, that’s ridiculous. I took the DART to elementary school, worked great.

  • Parkie

    HPHS could have an off-site parking lot running a shuttle continuouly from 6 am to 7 pm.
    My daughter, like hundreds of others, played a sport. She had to carry her athletic equipment, arrived at 7 (in the dark for much of the year), and sometimes stayed until 7 pm. Besides athletics, most students attend tutorials before and after school. The cafeteria cannot accomodate all students who now eat lunch off campus. The streets around school are not safe for pedestrians or bicycles. The intersection of Douglas and Lovers is a nightmare.

  • Up

    I was recently on a college tour in Bozeman Montana. Don’t know population but probably
    Around 25,000.
    The students there seem to all have bikes.
    Very few cars. It was a beautiful day snowing and 20 degrees. They were riding bikes.
    Just an observation.
    Oh, how much would 500 bikes cost?

  • Mass Transit

    I am aware of one student who lives at the corner of Hyer and Westchester(directly across from Scotland Yard) who drives their Range Rover 2 blocks south to park in the garage. Good luck with a yellow bus.

  • Another Mother

    I love the idea of only allowing seniors and faculty to park in the garage. The others can carpool or be dropped off or whatever.

  • jb

    The indoor football facility, er, ahem, the “Multi-Purpose Activities Center”, sits right next door to the High School classroom and was the last unused real estate on the campus.

    Why oh why must the HPISD now go out and threaten to acquire, likely through adverse possession, neighboring residences so that an indoor football facility may continue to sit smack dab in the middle of the high school campus?

  • Tk

    @jb: fyi Boys soccer, jv cross country and marching band use stadium and indoor facility before school and first period.
    Three girls soccer teams and three football squads use the stadium and indoor facilities at 8th period and after school til around 6pm.That’s around 500 students using those facilities maybe more. Baseball and varsity cross country, oh and after hours lacrosse.

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