Category: Schools

Girls Do the Asking for Hi-Lites Dance


Sophie Jejurikar asks Christian Wright the traditional Hi-Lites way — with a handmade sign. (Courtesy photo)

It wasn’t sophomores Ethan Vincente and Hailey Turco’s first dance, but this one had a unique tropical twist.

On Sept. 23, Highland Park High School students gathered for the annual fall Hi-Lites dance, which has become one of the school’s most celebrated traditions.

Unlike for other dances hosted at the school, girls are responsible for inviting boys and, instead of dressing up in blazers and dresses, students attend in costume, based on various themes.

Highlander Band Named Grand Champions at Marching Showcase


The Highlander Band claimed its first Grand Champion title after competing against numerous 5A and 6A schools on Oct. 7 at the Midlothian Marching Showcase.

While the program has earned a number of class championships over the last four years, the band has never won a large marching contest until now.

Former HPHS teacher Puckett dies at 76


Lawrence Verner Puckett

Dr. Lawrence Verner Puckett, a popular chemistry teacher at Highland Park High School for 32 years, died Oct. 5 after a long illness. The Tyler resident was 76.

He and his wife, Myra, took many former students on summer trips to Europe. He was also a very accomplished musician and a loving husband and father.

Services for Lawrence Puckett were held Oct. 7 at Jackson's Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home Chapel in Tyler with the Rev. Matt Boulter officiating and entombment to follow in Rose Hill Mausoleum.

Bradfield Elementary Designs Begin to Take Shape


Courtesy: HPISD

After months of meetings to gather input from parent groups and neighbors, designs for the new Bradfield Elementary are beginning to take shape.

The school is on schedule to be rebuilt during the 2018-19 school year.
It will feature larger classrooms, flexible learning spaces, and appropriately-sized core spaces, including the library, cafeteria, and gymnasium.
Additional design objectives:
  • Increasing the amount of active play area
  • Retaining as many existing mature trees as possible
  • Retaining some of the historic elements of the existing building's façade
  • Improving traffic congestion in the surrounding neighborhood as much as possible
  • Creating a front-yard social space for parents, students, and the community
  • Directing all pedestrian traffic to Southern Avenue rather than Mockingbird
  • Having dedicated underground parking for staff