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Scots Hold Off Ryan, Will Play for Title


James Herring and the HP defense helped swing the momentum midway through Friday's semifinal win over Denton Ryan. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

ARLINGTON — As the clock struck midnight at AT&T Stadium, Highland Park officially punched its ticket back to the Class 5A Division I state championship game.

A dynamic offense and an opportunistic defense combined to lift the Scots past previously unbeaten Denton Ryan 45-35 on Friday in the state semifinals, erasing the Raiders’ hopes for revenge while getting HP one step closer in its quest to repeat.

The Scots (14-1) will face Manvel (14-0) at 7 p.m. Dec. 22 in the state championship game on the same field where they have won more games than any other high school team.

Ryan Seeking Revenge in HP Rematch


Conner Allen and the Highland Park offense will look to keep rolling on Friday against undefeated Denton Ryan. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

As the defending Class 5A Division I state champion, Highland Park has had the proverbial target on its back all season.

However, it’s unlikely any opponents have had a potential matchup with the Scots circled on the schedule more than Denton Ryan, which will clash with HP on Friday in a rematch of last year’s state semifinal at AT&T Stadium.

The Raiders led HP in the second quarter a year ago when star quarterback Spencer Sanders suffered a knee injury. The Scots went on to post a 31-24 victory to propel them into the state title game.

Make Sure the Lost Boys Have a Happy Birthday


Here are some of the birthday boys who will be celebrating Jan. 6.

You won't want to lose your invitation to the eighth annual Birthday Party for the Lost Boys of Sudan.

Friends of the Lost Boys, a local nonprofit that provides outreach and financial support to the refugees, is collecting new or gently used items between Dec. 30 and Jan. 5 for the celebration, and they need help. 

Bushes React to Death of Ruth Altshuler


FROM LEFT: Ruth Altshuler stands with Pi Beta Phi grand president Paula Shepherd in 2015.

UPDATE: A live webcast of a memorial service Thursday to honor renowned civic and philanthropic leader Ruth Altshuler will be available at

Ruth Altshuler, a Dallas icon of leadership and philanthropy, died Friday at age 93.

News of her death drew reaction from the likes of the Bushes, Troy Aikman, and former Dallas Police Chief David Brown, who tweeted, “Our prayers are with her.”

Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush issued a statement on Saturday.

“We are heartbroken by the loss of our dear friend, Ruth Altshuler,” they said. “Dallas has lost an outstanding civic leader in Ruth. Ruth taught us the lessons of philanthropy, service, and friendship. She was charming, humble, talented, generous, and funny. We loved being with her, and we will miss her.”

Women in the World Takes Stage in Dallas


Co-hosted by Toyota and journalist, Tina Brown, the Women in the World live event series took the Dallas stage Dec. 4 at the Dallas Museum of Art. The event honored Maxeme Tuchman as the newest recipient of Toyota's Mother of Invention award grant and featured an inspirational lineup of speakers.

HP to Stay in Class 5A Through 2020


Highland Park will try to earn trophies in Class 5A for at least two more years, according to the UIL. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

Here’s another athletics tradition that will be sticking around at Highland Park for at least two more years — the Scots will be one of the largest teams in the state’s second-largest classification.

On Wednesday, the UIL announced enrollment cutoff figures for its next round of district realignment covering 2018 through 2020. And, just barely, the Scots will remain in Class 5A.

HP submitted to the state an enrollment figure of 2,180, which is 10 students below the 5A-6A dividing line of 2,190. That means the Scots will be slotted into a new 5A district when results of the biennial realignment process are completed on Feb. 1. The new district will take effect next fall.

Don’t Miss Out On These Seasonal Events


The Trains at NorthPark exhibit attracts more than 70,000 visitors each year. (Courtesy photo)

For many, Christmastime brings small pleasures such as peppermint-flavored coffee creamer and the earthy smell of pine from freshly cut trees now decorated with blinking lights and ornaments.

But, it’s also a time to celebrate unique Dallas events that arrive this time of year. From a White House holiday exhibit to carriage rides to tree lightings to shows, there’s plenty to put on your calendars.