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HP Defensive Coordinator Heads to Jesuit


Don Woods, right, orchestrated the Highland Park defense during Class 5A Division I state title seasons in 2016 and 2017. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

The architect of the defensive units that helped Highland Park win the past two Class 5A Division I state championships is leaving the school.

Don Woods, who has been the defensive coordinator for the Scots since 2014 and is known for his focus on fundamentals, will take the defensive coordinator job at Jesuit.

Woods has been on the defensive staff at HP for the past eight years. He also has coached at several other stops, including Rockwall-Heath, Mesquite Horn, and Lake Highlands.

Allen Reconsiders, Will Return to Coach Scots


And the new Highland Park football coach is ... the same as the old Highland Park football coach. (File photo: Melissa Macatee)

Randy Allen will return for a 20th season as Highland Park football coach, after all.

Three weeks after announcing his retirement, the winningest coach in school history said he has reconsidered and will return to the sideline next season, and for the foreseeable future beyond that.

Allen has been a head coach for the past 37 seasons overall — including stops at Ballinger, Brownwood, and Abilene Cooper — but sounded definitive on March 22 when he spoke about retiring at a press conference.

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.

Kuby’s Awaiting Repairs, But Serving Meals, Selling Meats


A fire damaged the entrance to Kuby's Smoke House. (By Tim Glaze)

The shelves aren't as full as usual and the entry is a mess, but Kuby's Sausage House and European Market in Snider Plaza is selling groceries and serving meals again after a small fire on March 22 forced a temporary closure.

Karl Kuby Jr. said he believes the fire was started by a cigarette tossed on the pavement by someone walking by after hours. It likely got blown up against some leaves and eventually ignited a fire outside the building on the facade, he said.

Kuby’s Closed After Thursday Night Fire


A Thursday night fire damaged the entrance to Kuby's Sausage House.

Kuby's Sausage House and European Market in Snider Plaza is closed today following a small fire Thursday night.

The University Park Fire Department responded around 10:30 p.m. and contained the fire to an exterior door frame, said Steve Mace, the city's director of communications and marketing.

Legendary HP Coach Allen Retiring


Randy Allen is a legend not only for the success of his teams, but for the character with which they played. (File photo: Melissa Macatee)

After leading Highland Park’s storied football program to unprecedented heights, Randy Allen is stepping down.

Allen announced his retirement on Wednesday after leading the Scots for the past 19 seasons, including back-to-back Class 5A Division I state championships.

Allen certainly is leaving on top. His final game on the sidelines saw HP rally late for a thrilling 53-49 victory over Manvel in the title game on Dec. 23. It was the third state championship overall for the Scots under Allen, who holds almost every coaching record at the school.

After arriving in 1999, he won 223 games at HP, for an incredible average of 11.7 per season. His HP teams earned 17 district titles, and the same number of seasons ended with at least 10 wins.

Conner Pins Down Second State Title


Congratulations to Highland Park junior Aidan Conner, who is now a two-time state champion at 195 pounds. (File photo: Rob Graham)

By Cameron Brock / Special Contributor

CYPRESS — Highland Park junior Aidan Conner won his second straight Class 5A state title, and completed an undefeated season in the process.

Conner pinned Fulshear’s Alexander Torres in the championship match of the 195-pound weight class on Saturday at the Berry Center, putting himself in exclusive company in HP’s storied history.

“That’s a great accomplishment for Aidan,” said HP head coach Tim Marzuola. “We’ve only had a handful of kids that have won two here at Highland Park. Aidan has quite a streak going. He’s on his way to set a bunch of career records at Highland Park for sure.”

America’s Pastor Dead at 99


President George W. Bush greets the Rev. Billy Graham. (White House Photo by Eric Draper Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum)

A great man, a humble servant, and a shepherd to millions has passed on – words from former President George W. Bush on the death of America's pastor the Rev. Billy Graham.

HP Boys Repeat as 5A Swimming Champs


Congratulations to the Highland Park boys on their second straight 5A state swimming title. (Photo: Sofia Lara)

For more than a decade during the 2000s, Highland Park was the dominant program in Texas in girls swimming. Now the HP boys want to start a streak of their own.

The Blue Wave used depth and experience to claim its second consecutive boys team title on Saturday at the UIL Class 5A state swimming meet in Austin.

HP won just one event, but it came with a new 5A meet record in the 200-yard medley relay, with the quartet of Felix Van Cauwelaert, Henry Wang, Peter Paulus, and Omar Hmimy stopping the clock in 1 minute, 33.51 seconds in the opening race of the meet.