Category: Schools

Instructor Named HP 100 Centennial Celebrations Chair


Veteran mathematics instructor, Melynda Wright, has been named the first-ever HP 100 Centennial Celebrations Chair at Highland Park High School.

Wright is currently leading a team of 22 teachers as the HPHS Mathematics Department Chair, a position held since early 2009. Prior to her experience as a mathematics instructor with Highland Park ISD, Dr. Wright served as the Assistant Principal of Rockwall High School from 2002-2006, and a mathematics instructor at the Smithville and Wyle School Districts. She is a graduate of St. Edward's University with a degree in mathematics and a minor in political science. She has her M.Ed. from Texas State University and her Ed.D. in Education Administration from Texas A&M Commerce.

HP LitFest, a “Huge Success”


Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Stanford University professor Dr. Adam Johnson with Amanda Lewis (L) and Jill Tananbaum (R), co-chairs of the 22nd Annual Highland Park Literary Festival.

The 2018 HP LitFest was a "huge success" with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. Adam Johnson of Stanford University providing powerful, fascinating presentations on his research in North Korea for his book, The Orphan Master’s Son, event planners said.

Wilderness Women


A new exhibit hosted by SMU’s DeGolyer Library features narratives and memorabilia of women who faced massacres, famine, and blizzards in the American wilderness. “OK, I’ll Do It Myself” opened in January and runs through March 28. The exhibit also features 144 books, photographs, and manuscripts by 101 women, dating from 1682 to 2015.

Spanish Sculptor


Embrace III, 1991. Iron. (Courtesy photo)

Dallas’s first exhibition dedicated exclusively to one of Spain’s most celebrated modern sculptors is now on display at the Meadows Museum at SMU.

The Eduardo Chillida exhibition, which shows through June 3, includes 66 of the artist’s works, from his sculptures to his drawings, collages, graphic works, and a selection of his books.

Steel-Toed Star Lady Won’t Quit


FRONT ROW FROM LEFT: Christi Krikorian, Abbey Govett, Olivia Ashley, Donna Pierce, Miya Malouf and Rachel Rogers. BACK ROW: Spencer Allan, Trevor Schillaci, Matthew Forbes, William Dunnill, Victoria Taverna, and Allison Baker. (Courtesy photo)

Donna Pierce, an 83-year-old astronomy teacher, devoted Girl Scout, and diehard Rice University alumna, is known to students and faculty at Highland Park High School simply as “The Star Lady.”

From her planetarium, tucked in a corner of the high school, lessons demonstrating her keen knowledge and enthusiasm for the night sky have been as consistent a part of campus life as her sharp wit and Mars-red lipstick.

Ready To Wear The White


FROM LEFT: Talle Olsen, Brooke Marvel, Grace Dodd, Kate Kilpatrick, and Riley Cheek. (Photo: Tammy Duclow)

Talle Olsen, Brooke Marvel, Grace Dodd, Kate Kilpatrick, and Riley Cheek will lead the Highland Belles for the 2018-2019 school year, strutting in the signature mostly-white, fringed lieutenant uniforms when football season resumes in August.

The Lieutenant Strut is an adaptation of the officer entrance performed by the Kilgore College Rangerettes, according to