November 19, 2014

  • HPHS Science Festival is Tomorrow

    da Vinci Robot-2

    Dr. Richard Salter will speak to students about how advances in robotic technology have aided surgeons. Students will then have an opportunity to have a hands on experience with the da Vinci Surgical Robot. (Courtesy Photo)

    Highland Park High School students will have the exclusive chance to hear from nearly 50 professionals pursing exciting careers in science, technology, engineering, and math fields during the ninth-annual HPHS Science Festival tomorrow.

    Speakers representing a vast array of specialities including medicine, geology, cooking, engineering, cyber security, and even theater tech, will speak to students during their science and technology class periods. The school and festival organizers have asked us to remind students that attendance will be taken.

    Sponsored by the science and technology faculty and organized by parent volunteers, the mission of the Science Festival is to encourage and inspire students to pursue STEM careers and classes.

    Sounds like fun! I wish I’d gone to fest when I was HP. Actually, I’m not sure why I didn’t. #regrets

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Nov. 19, 2014 | 5:59 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • DART Wants Your Input at Meeting in HP

    Have any questions or thoughts about DART service? You can voice those at a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the council chambers at Highland Park Town Hall.

    The meeting will allow input on proposed service changes in the Park Cities, and in the area surrounding the Dallas hospital district.

    DART is adding midday on-call service in the Park Cities on an experimental basis on Dec. 1, and could make it permanent depending on feedback, which would be passed along to the DART board of directors.

    For more information on the meeting, call 214-749-2543.

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 19, 2014 | 5:54 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Milburn Earns Honor For Wofford

    Matthew Milburn

    Matthew Milburn

    Congratulations to former Highland Park High School pitcher Matthew Milburn, who was named the top pitcher during fall practice for the second consecutive year at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.

    Milburn, a junior, led the Terriers with 93.1 innings pitched last season. He posted a 4-6 record and a 3.95 earned-run average in 16 appearances, including 14 starts.

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 19, 2014 | 5:35 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • How Will District Use New Land Near HPHS?

    Dawson Orr

    Dawson Orr

    Highland Park ISD still doesn’t know where it might build a new natatorium as part of a potential upcoming bond initiative, but perhaps a push to acquire more land adjacent to Highland Park High School provides a new option.

    The HPISD board of trustees on Monday gave its approval to secure two lots totaling 0.62 acres in the 4100 block of Lovers Lane previously occupied by apartment buildings.

    The district plans to make an offer to buy the properties first, and they can’t agree on a price, then will use the power of eminent domain. The land, located across the street from the HPISD administration building, could be used “to address parking and facilities needs,” according to a district press release.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 19, 2014 | 10:43 am | 11 Comments | Comments RSS
  • Rape Suspect Linked to Third Crime

    Torey Harris

    Torey Harris

    There’s an update on the imprisoned Dallas man who was charged earlier this fall with a sexual assault in University Park, near the SMU campus.

    The Dallas Morning News reports that Torey Jamal Harris, 23, has now been charged in another aggravated sexual assault case stemming from an incident in Grand Prairie in April. He also faces charges from September assaults near SMU and Navarro College in Corsicana.

    Apparently DNA evidence connected him with the third crime. He remains in the Navarro County Jail.

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 19, 2014 | 10:29 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Alcuin Opens New Innovation Studio

    Alcuin students celebrated the opening of their new, high-tech facility. (Courtesy Photo)

    Alcuin students celebrated the opening of their new, high-tech facility. (Courtesy Photo)

    Alcuin School is encouraging new high-tech student pursuits in its new Innovation Studio, a facility designed to promote an interactive learning environment that stimulates imagination, creativity, innovation, and leadership exploration.

    The contemporary studio, which launched this fall, is equipped with a variety of technological supplies and tools including a 3-D printer, All-In-One Learning boards, a SMART Table, and a presentation theater, among other cutting-edge amenities. Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 19, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Hyer Helps The Hungry

    Students collected frozen turkeys for the NTFB.

    Students collected frozen turkeys for the NTFB.

    Hyer Elementary School families recently did their part to help the less fortunate have a happy Thanksgiving.

    Students and parents brought turkeys to collection boxes at the school. The turkeys are being donated to the North Texas Food Bank, which provides 170,000 meals to the hungry each day through various programs and agencies.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Nov. 19, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Lyle Chosen For Folsom Leadership Award

    Bobby-Lyle-lgLocal civic leader and SMU’s engineering school namesake Bobby B. Lyle will be given the Folsom Leadership Award today by the Methodist Health System Foundation.

    The award, which is named after former Dallas Mayor Robert Folsom, was established in 2005 to recognize those with a demonstrated commitment to community leadership. Past winners include Nancy Ann Hunt, Troy Aikman, Laura Bush, Norman Brinker, Emmitt Smith, Trevor Rees-Jones, Mike Boone, and Rev. Mark Craig.

    Honorary co-chairs include Rex and Renna Tillerson and Ray and Nancy Ann Hunt. Event co-chairs are Mitch and Linda Hart and Highland Park residents David and Carolyn Miller.

    By Sarah Bennett Nov. 19, 2014 | 5:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 18, 2014

  • Is It Easy Being ‘Green’ With Real Estate?

    The North Dallas Chamber of Commerce will hold a symposium about investing in green real estate on Thursday at the Collins Executive Education Center at SMU.

    The topics will include return on investment for real-estate companies and consumers when it comes to issues of sustainability, and whether “green” real estate is a profitable long-term option.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 18, 2014 | 10:18 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Scots Have Questions as Season Opens

    Highland Park will host South Oak Cliff tonight in the season opener.

    Highland Park will host South Oak Cliff tonight in the season opener.

    Whether they want it or not, this season will represent a fresh start for Highland Park boys basketball players and coaches. The Scots will make the jump to Class 6A with a roster that’s been almost completely revamped because of graduation since last year.

    It’s not uncommon for HP to have some turnover at the varsity level, but the Scots will need to replace all five starters from a squad that finished 27-5 last year but was upset by Frisco Liberty in the opening round of the playoffs.

    Those starters accounted for 57 of the 64 points per game HP averaged last year. None of the varsity returnees averaged more than seven minutes a game, and the two most experienced members of that group are Campbell Brooks and Mitchell Kaufman, who won’t hit the court until HP is done with the football playoffs.

    As a result, head coach David Piehler will start the season with more questions than answers when the Scots host South Oak Cliff tonight.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 18, 2014 | 5:29 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS