Category: Schools

ReplaySports Gives Equipment New Purpose


FROM LEFT: Cade England, Gabe Galbraith, Ben Holsomback, Worthey Wiles, Jack Sitzer, and Ben Smith collect used sporting goods at Highland Park Middle School. (Photo: Sarah Bays)

ReplaySports hauled in boxes of used sports equipment for youth teams in need, continuing a Highland Park tradition begun by varsity athletes in 2007.

Jackson Coon, Chris Hipps, Thomas Gibbons, and Caleb Robinson, 2010 Highland Park High School graduates, came up with the idea for the charity just before the start of their sophomore year. With help from football coach Randy Allen, the project rolled out.

“Each of them shared a love of sports and a desire to give an opportunity to others that might not have the equipment to enable them to participate,” wrote Deanne Brock, the mother of HPHS graduate Tyler Brock.

New HPISD Campus Welcomes Temporary Tenants


Leigh Ann Mewhirter’s first-grade class with Principal Candace Judd. (Photo: Imani Chet Lytle)

A bagpiper and a panther mascot stood at the doors of 8385 Durham St. on the first morning of classes to welcome in the new 110,000-square-foot building’s temporary tenants — University Park Elementary students — for the 2017–18 school year.

The campus is the first new elementary school to open in more than 60 years in the Highland Park Independent School District.

The original UP Elementary campus, built in 1928, was torn down in June and will be rebuilt for the 2018–19 school year. With 700 students and 80 staff members, there simply wasn’t room for growth in the old setup, district leaders said.

HPISD Construction Updates


University Park Elementary School rebuild

Piers have been poured for the new school and foundation walls will begin forming for the parking garage next week. Construction is on track for the building to open on time in August 2018. Below are a couple of recent photos taken at the site.

HPISD Aids Schools Affected by Hurricane Harvey


Photo courtesy: HPISD

All seven HPISD schools have reached out to school districts in Southeast Texas to offer assistance after the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Armstrong Elementary is accepting uniform donations throughout the month of September for distribution to students displaced by the hurricane who are now enrolled in Dallas ISD. Bradfield and University Park elementary schools hosted large supply drives for Houston-area schools, and accepted a wide range of items from toothbrushes to baby formula and nutrition bars.

HPHS Introduces Varsity Singers


Highland Park High School has announced members of the choir program’s Park Version ensemble. Seated, from left: Apsaline Douglas, Brennan Davis, Will Giese, Morgan Gerlach, Cailin Jordan, Katie Krasovec [president], Gracie Nunneley [vice president], and Luke Sobolevitch. Standing: Skylar Wilson, Sophie Hung, Mary Berryman [secretary], Jennings Humphries, Adam Davidson, Matthew McDaniel, Jordan Pierce, Bryn Klingaman, Ryan Douglass, Claire DeJean, and Jace Tucker. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

Cailin Jordan will serve as president of Highland Park High School’s Lads and Lassies choir, while Katie Krasovec will serve as president for the Park Version elite a cappella ensemble.

Other choir officers: Jennings Humphries, vice president; Claire Hockett, secretary; Adam Davidson, equipment manager; Jenni Phillips and Trinity Ngo, historians; and Sofia Lara and Megan Liu, librarians.

NEC Donates New Computer Lab to Young Women’s Leadership School



Students at Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, a member of Young Women’s Preparatory Network (YWPN), are able learn STEM more effectively in a newly remodeled computer lab for middle school students donated by the NEC Foundation of America. NEC redesigned the space and donated equipment.

Prepare Early For College


Catherine Marrs advises clients to start as sophomores. (Courtesy photo)

For nearly 15 years, certified educational consultant Catherine Marrs has helped Park Cities and Preston Hollow students successfully transition to college.

Marrs College Admission Advisors works with students and their parents to develop a plan for where to go and how to get there.

“It used to be, if you wanted to go to the University of Texas, you just submitted an application,” Marrs said.

Many students now apply to around eight different schools, including “reach for the stars” destinations and next-best schools, she said.

Her recommendations:

From Soccer to Wall Street, Small Enters New Chapters


Clay Small teaches business at SMU. (Courtesy photo)

SMU adjunct professor Clay Small has opened new chapters of his career several times, mostly out of a desire to have more than one act in his life.

“If you’re not trying something new, you’re probably going backwards,” said the former pro-soccer prospect turned corporate lawyer, then professor, and, most recently, novelist. “I think that there’s opportunities galore for people my age to … do something that helps others and helps [them].”

After the two-time all-American soccer player from Ohio Wesleyan University was drafted by the Dallas Tornado, team owner Lamar Hunt convinced Small to enroll again in school.

Small graduated from SMU with a law degree in 1974 and went to work on Wall Street. A job with PepsiCo Inc. brought him back to Dallas.

Lamplighter School Opens Innovation Lab


(Photo: Jaquelin Torres)

The Lamplighter School on Friday morning celebrated its new Innovation Lab, the second of two new buildings to open at the school during 2017. Lamplighter’s new barn opened in the spring.

Both buildings were designed by award-winning architect Marlon Blackwell, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, school officials said.