Category: Schools

Dad Still Challenging Son’s Withdrawal from ESD


A father whose son was forced to withdraw from Episcopal School of Dallas after accusations of smoking marijuana is hoping the Texas Supreme Court will clear the way for his lawsuit against the school to go forward.

A decision on whether the state’s highest civil court will take up the case could come soon, attorneys said.

The father, filing the case as “John Doe” in order to keep his teenage son’s name out of the public record, is seeking to have a decision from the Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas overturned.

Dallas Summer Musicals Honors Hockaday Graduate


One Dallas native followed her dreams all the way to the Great White Way.

Dallas native and Tony Award winner Victoria Clark was announced Wednesday as the 2018 recipient of the Leah Jerome M. Fullinwider Award, honoring her for her impact in the Dallas theater community and beyond.

Artist Award Given


The Meadows Museum at SMU announced that Giovanni Valderas has won the 2017 Moss/Chumley North Texas Artist Award. The award is given annually to an outstanding North Texas artist who has exhibited professionally for at least 10 years and has established a proven track record as a community advocate for the visual arts. Two of Valderas’s mixed-media works, Ay Te Miro (2016) and Apaciguate (2017) will be on view at the museum throughout April. The artist will give a free gallery talk at 6 p.m. April 26 at the museum.

Alum Honors Mentor


Kelvin Beachum. (Courtesy photo)

SMU graduate Kelvin Beachum presented a gift to the university on March 8 in honor of his faculty mentor and leader of the civil rights pilgrimage in 1955.

Inspired by his mentor, Dr. Dennis Simon, Beachum donated $100,000 to ensure that other SMU students can join in the annual eight-day journey across the south.

‘Just Drive’ App


Neha Husein. (Courtesy photo)

SMU junior Neha Husein developed a solution to stop drivers from texting while driving – an app called “Just Drive,” which awards points to drivers who lock their phones while driving. Those points can be redeemed for coupons for free food, drinks and merchandise.

Husein presented her app to industry leaders at Austin’s South by Southwest Interactive Festival.

Highland Park Town Council Approves HPISD’s Plans for Bradfield Elementary


Residents fill the Highland Park Town Council Chambers to overflowing. (Photo by William Taylor)

The Highland Park Town Council on Monday cleared the way for HPISD to tear down Bradfield Elementary School this summer and replace it with a taller building scheduled to open for the 2019-2020 school year.

The planned development district zoning and site plan approved by the council includes three-stories in some places and shifts the school west to the Armstrong Parkway end of the campus and away from Douglas Avenue, where the building sat across from Highland Park Village. The three-story portion of the building will be on the west end near the homes on Armstrong.

Oil Sketch Purchased


This goes on display this spring. (Courtesy photo)

The Meadows Museum at SMU has acquired an oil sketch by Valencian artist Vicente López y Portaña, Charles IV and His Family Honored by the University of Valencia (1802). The museum purchase is a tribute to the late curator of the museum, Nicole Atzbach, who died of cancer in 2017. The sketch will go on display in the museum galleries in late spring.

The museum is home to one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. The collection spans from the 10th to the 21st centuries.