Category: Education

HPHS Recognizes 54 Students


HPHS Scholars copyHPHS has some smart cookies in those halls. Of course, we already knew that, but some reinforcement never hurts. Congratulations to the 47 seniors named National Merit Commended Students, and the seven students who earned National Hispanic Scholar honors. Keep cracking those books.

CKS Earns Blue Ribbon Honor

Gloria Cain, former superintendent of the Diocese of Dallas schools office, celebrated the school's Blue Ribbon designation this week. (Photo: Christ the King School)

Gloria Cain, former superintendent of the Diocese of Dallas schools office, celebrated the school’s Blue Ribbon designation this week. (Photo: Christ the King School)

Christ the King Catholic School is one of 50 private schools nationwide to be designated as a Blue Ribbon School of Academic Excellence this year by the U.S. Department of Education.

The school south of Preston Center, which serves kindergarten through eighth grade, earned the honor based on student achievement on standardized tests, as well as an evaluation of curriculums, best practices, innovations, and partnerships.

CKS officials will be honored at a ceremony on Nov. 8 in Washington, D.C., where they will receive a flag and plaque. The school earned its only previous Blue Ribbon designation in 1994.

YMSL Participates in One Love Workshop

Park Cities YMSL members listen to Zoe Skinner of One Love about the warning signs of abuse

Park Cities YMSL members listen to Zoe Skinner of One Love about the warning signs of abuse.

The Park Cities Chapter of the Young Men’s Service League discussed how to identify and prevent relationship violence at their kickoff meeting Sept.27. The boys, all in grades nine through 12, participated in the One Love workshop dedicated to increasing awareness and promoting prevention of relationship violence.

One Love is an education and prevention program founded in memory of Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia lacrosse player who was killed by her ex-boyfriend before graduation.


SMU Celebrates Its Centennial Homecoming

SMU Homecoming Parade (Photo: Tanner Garza) 0
SMU Homecoming Parade (Photo: Tanner Garza)

SMU celebrated its 100th birthday on Thursday, Sept. 24. The visually rich ceremony celebrated the University’s pioneers and visionaries, and its relationships with neighboring communities and the founding Methodist Church. A homecoming parade was held the following Saturday. Here are a few photos from each event.

HPHS Musicians Jazzed About Honors

Left to right: Braden Wallace, Matthew West, Matthew Houser, and Cole Morgan

Left to right: Braden Wallace, Matthew West, Matthew Houser, and Cole Morgan

The smooth sounds of four members of the Highlander Band at Highland Park High School have earned them recognition in the All-Region jazz band.

Among the honorees are Matthew Houser (seventh chair trumpet), Cole Morgan (fifth chair trumpet), Braden Wallace (first chair tenor trombone), and Matthew West (first chair drum set).

‘Working Poor’ Author Coming to HPHS

David K. Shipler

David K. Shipler

David K. Shipler, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Working Poor: Invisible in America is coming to talk at Highland Park High School Oct. 1.

HP Kids Read is putting on the event in the HPHS Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The event is open and free to the public. For more information email Laurie Steinberg at





Parent Program Focuses on Teen Violence


When it comes to curtailing relationship violence among high school and college students, parents can be a part of the solution.

That’s the message of Highland Park ISD’s Parent Education Committee, which will host a program for HPISD parents on Monday in conjunction with the One Love Foundation, a New York nonprofit dedicated to educating and empowering students to change.

The free event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the HPHS auditorium with a screening of the short film Escalation, which was created by One Love as part of its peer-facilitated workshops, followed by a panel discussion.

In May, One Love hosted a lacrosse tournament at Hockaday that featured boys and girls teams from the Dallas area playing against one another to raise awareness for the cause.

HPISD: Bonds and Buildings

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Pick a campus, any campus. Whatever your choice, it could look drastically different several years down the road if Highland Park ISD voters pass a bond initiative this fall.

The $361.4 million proposal is by far the most expensive in the district’s 101-year history, and is the most ambitious effort yet to reconcile the preservation of HPISD traditions with the need to accommodate unprecedented enrollment growth.

When they cast ballots on Nov. 3, voters within the district’s boundaries will determine whether to add a fifth elementary school, and could authorize the tearing down and rebuilding of three of the four existing elementary campuses, all of which were built prior to 1950.

Meet Your Homecoming Queen Nominees

One of these six young ladies will become homecoming queen on Saturday.

One of these six young ladies will become HP homecoming queen on Saturday.

It’s homecoming week at Highland Park High School, which means it’s time to crown some royalty.

Specifically, the six young ladies in the above pyramid — Clare Obenchain, Madeline Bonnet, Julia Jenevein, Laura Hickey, Allie Porter, and Nicole Gotlich — are vying to be homecoming queen this fall.

They’ll be recognized on the field at halftime of Friday’s football game against North Mesquite at Highlander Stadium, with the winner receiving her crown during the “Laissez les Bon Temps Roulez” dance on Saturday night. Good luck to all.

Enjoy Burgers, Support HP Cheerleaders

HP fans should eat burgers, then watch football on Friday.

HP fans should eat burgers, then watch football on Friday.

You can fill your stomach prior to Highland Park’s home game against North Mesquite on Friday and help out the HP cheerleaders and Scotsmen at the same time.

The annual hamburger supper fundraiser benefits both groups for their travel and activities during the year. It will include burgers and fries from Jack’s Burger House, along with frozen yogurt from Plaza Health Foods and cookies from JD’s Chippery.

Dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m. in the HPHS cafeteria, with take-out available from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the teacher parking lot on the west side of the school. There’s also a raffle, for which tickets are $5 each or six for $25. The football game starts at 7:30 p.m.

Perot Family Endows SMU Law Scholarship

Tom Luce (Courtesy LinkedIn)

Tom Luce
(Courtesy LinkedIn)

SMU alumna Sarah Perot and Ross Perot, Jr. gifted $1.75 million to SMU’s Dedman School of Law in honor of Thomas Luce III, former chief of staff of the Texas Select Committee of Public Education and a graduate of SMU, Dedman, and Highland Park High School.

The money will fund the Thomas W. Luce, III Centennial Dedman Law Scholars Program, providing students with scholarships and a mentor who has dedicated his life to public service.

“Tom Luce is the role model for what a lawyer should be,” Perot, Jr. said.  “We hope that with this scholarship Tom will be able to attract great students to SMU, teach them to be great attorneys, and also to focus on public service.”

The Perots’ gift creates a $1.5 million endowment for the program and $250,000 in operating funds for the first five years.

The grant brings SMU $13 million away from its $1 billion goal for SMU Unbridled: The Second Century Campaign.

Luce is the founding CEO and chairman of the Dallas-based National Math and Science Initiative. He is a founding partner of Hughes and Luce, LLP, a former assistant secretary of education under President George W. Bush, and one-time Texas gubernatorial candidate.

SMU Rings In Centennial Celebrations


In true Texas fashion, both church and football will be primary components of SMU’s weekend of centennial celebration activities.

The festivities begin on Thursday with a ceremony at McFarlin auditorium featuring music, flags, and a speech by school president R. Gerald Turner outlining his vision for the next 100 years.

Members of the school’s Carillon Guild will perform a “change ringing” ceremony, which is a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages that features 100 mathematical ringing patterns instead of a conventional melody. At noon, SMU will join 30 United Methodist churches throughout the state in ringing its bells 10 times, once for each decade of the university, followed by a celebratory pealing.