It wasn’t enough for the Highland Park girls soccer team to continue its on-field dominance on Tuesday night. The Lady Scots scored goals off the field as well.
The team presented a check to the HP Special Olympics program for $11,275 as part of its “Going for the Same Goal” fundraising campaign. The money will go toward soccer uniforms, equipment, and a banquet for the Special Olympians, who took the field at halftime of HP’s 2-0 win over The Colony at Highlander Stadium.
The victory, by the way, clinched another District 20-4A title for the Lady Scots (14-4-1, 6-0), who have won their six district games by a combined margin of 27-2.
Highland Park ISD wants to add a taller scoreboard with video capability to Highlander Stadium.
The existing scoreboard is 36 feet wide and 19 feet, 3.75 inches tall. The new scoreboard would also be 36 feet wide but would be 25 feet tall.
The proposal is subject to the University Park City Council’s approval. The council on Tuesday will consider an ordinance that would establish a special sign district at the school.
The ordinance would also allow the school district to add six advertisements to the 34 that already line the fence around the field. The ads could be no larger than 12 feet, 2 inches wide by 9 feet, 2 inches tall, and they would all have to face the field.
This all comes as a surprise to me, as HPISD trustees have seemed in favor lately of tearing down Highlander Stadium, expanding the high school, and rebuilding the stadium outside the district. But I guess all options are still on the table.
None of the public documents on the University Park website mentions how much this new scoreboard will cost.
The work of the HP Design Company is on display throughout the halls of Highland Park High School, from posters promoting upcoming events to spirit shirts touting a club or team.
That’s the sort of real-world experience HPHS teacher Chris Fullwood envisioned when he launched the idea two years ago as a way to get students in his advanced graphic design class to extend their learning beyond the classroom.
His brainstorm led to an email sent to the entire school district explaining the concept and soliciting ideas for student projects.
“I wanted to give them an actual opportunity to work with clients,” Fullwood said. “I wasn’t sure what we were going to get. We got a great response. I got about 30 replies right away.”
There will be new names on the Highland Park Town Council and University Park City Council soon, but no elections will be necessary.
Highland Park: Three council members — Andrew Barr, Will Beecherl, and Larry Nixon — are stepping down due to term limits, and only three potential replacements — Eric Gambrell, Margo Goodwin, and John McKnight — threw their hats in the ring by today’s 5 p.m. deadline. So with no choices for the voters to make, there’s no need for an election. Gambrell, Goodwin, and McKnight will join Bob Carter, who is finishing up his first two-year term on the council, and Stephen Rogers, who’s finishing up his second. Mayor Joel Williams, who defeated Sam Tamborello two years ago, will cruise to a second term without a challenger.
University Park: Mayor Dick Davis is stepping down after two two-year terms to spend more time with his grandchildren; he’ll be replaced by Olin Lane. The only other newcomer, Taylor Armstrong, will replace Bob Clark, whose maximum third term is winding down. Incumbents Bob Begert and Tommy Stewart will return for their third terms, and Dawn Moore will be back for her second.
Highland Park ISD: The Board of Trustees is the only governing body in the Park Cities that doesn’t put all of its spots on the ballot at the same time. Only two trustees, Sam Dalton and Joe Taylor, were up for re-election this spring, and no challengers came forward. Taylor was first elected six years ago, and Dalton is finishing up his first three-year term.
Man — if only legislative elections were this simple.
It wasn’t a bad hair day, but an attempt at a world record that prompted an unusual scene at Armstrong Elementary School on Friday afternoon.
Students, parents, and faculty members donned more than 700 red-and-white striped “Cat in the Hat” hats, establishing a new record in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
Guinness World Records adjudicator Sara Wilcox was on hand to witness and verify the milestone. The old record was 281 hats, set last year by a group of schoolchildren at an organized event in New York City.
Friday’s event was the brainchild of the Armstrong Dads Club as a way of capping off Dr. Seuss Reading Week at the school. The week included guest readers each day, including parent volunteers and members of the Highland Park Department of Public Safety.
On Monday, the festivities kicked off with appearances by former Dallas Stars standouts Joe Nieuwendyk, Marty Turco and Jason Arnott, who ate green eggs and ham with students in the cafeteria while signing autographs.
The March edition of Park Cities People, which I’m sure you’ve devoured by now, includes a story about Hockaday senior Catherine McGeoch. The University Park resident and former Hyer Husky is a two-sport athlete, playing both field hockey and lacrosse for the Daisies.
What I did not know — until Catherine’s mom, Cindy, sent me a note to say how much she enjoyed the story — is that Catherine is also a tap dancer. She performed in her school’s production of Anything Goes between field hockey and lacrosse seasons.
If you have not read Marley Malenfant’s story about Catherine, I’ve included it after the jump.
Acclaimed author Mark Salzman will bring his varied experiences to Highland Park this week as the keynote speaker for the 18th annual Highland Park Literary Festival.
Salzman will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday in the main auditorium at Highland Park High School. The event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a book signing.
Salzman is perhaps best known for the memoir Iron & Silk, about his work as an English teacher and martial-arts student in China. The book was adapted into a movie in 1990 in which Salzman starred as himself.
The bulk of the festival activities will take place on Feb. 27-28, including keynote assemblies for HPHS students featuring Salzman (seniors and juniors) along with fellow authors Joaquin Zihuatanejo (sophomores) and John Owhonda (freshmen).
The final day of the event will include student writing workshops in a variety of genres, along with an open-mic night for students. The festival also includes a student writing contest in the spring.
Highland Park ISD’s Special Olympians got to play basketball at Moody Coliseum on Wednesday, during halftime of the Mustangs’ win over Houston. Among the fans in attendance was former President George W. Bush. If anyone can identify the gentleman in the turban, sound off.
Playing under the lights for the first time on its home field, the Highland Park softball team polished off the historic night with a 9-4 victory over Ferris on Tuesday.
The Lady Scots (1-1) held a pre-game ceremony in which the team captains along with former HPHS girls athletic director Jerry Sutterfield flipped the switch to illuminate the field.
Next up, HP will put the field and the lights to good use during the Lady Scots Tournament beginning Thursday.
As part of the round-robin format, the Lady Scots will face South Garland (11:30 a.m. Thursday), Garland (8 a.m. Friday), North Garland (4:45 p.m. Friday), Parish Episcopal (8 a.m. Saturday), and Garland Lakeview Centennial (1:15 p.m. Saturday).
The tournament field also includes Pinkston and Richardson. A complete schedule of games can be found after the jump.
The Highland Park High School Prom Underwriting Committee recently met to kick off the underwriting campaign. More than 1,000 letters were assembled and mailed to all juniors and seniors. All funds raised will help with the prom, which is scheduled for April 12 and will hopefully go nothing like this. Underwriting co-chairs are Allie Beth Cowan, Ben Petty, Nick Ragland, and Grace Rury.
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