Lady Scots Fall to Lovejoy, Sweep Poteet


Highland Park rebounded from a heartbreaking loss to Lovejoy with a sweep of Mesquite Poteet on Tuesday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

After playing four of their first five District 15-5A matches on the road, Highland Park showed that it was happy to be back home on Tuesday.

The Lady Scots (19-17, 5-1) swept Mesquite Poteet to bounce back after dropping a five-set thriller on Sept. 22 at Lovejoy, which reached the Class 5A state tournament a year ago.

In that match, HP led after winning a seesaw 29-27 third set before the Lady Leopards rallied to claim the fourth set 25-19, and the fifth set 15-13.

Highlander Band Program Earns Honors


HP Percussion will perform at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis. (Photo: Stephen Luk)

Highland Park High School’s Highlander Band has earned prestigious statewide and national recognition with recordings of performances from the 2016–17 academic year.

The Wind Symphony, directed by Reagan Brumley, placed fourth in the Texas Music Educator Association’s Honor Band Competition, a state championship for concert bands.

And Highland Park Percussion, under the direction of James LaBrecque, was one of only three high school percussion ensembles selected to perform in November at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis.

University Park’s Troop 70 known as ‘Jamboree Troop’


University Park’s Troop 70 visits Washington, D.C. before going to the National Boy Scout Jamboree.

The National Boy Scout Jamboree has particular significance to University's Park Troop 70, Sarah Myers tells Park Cities People.

University Park’s Troop 70 has become known as the "Jamboree Troop," because of its long history of attending Scouting's flagship gathering, which is held every four years, she said.

The troop has attended each of the Jamborees as a troop beginning with the 1950 jamboree in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

Crime Reports: Sept. 18 – 24



The driver of a work delivery truck reported at 9:45 a.m. Sept. 22 that a tree branch (weighing no less than 700 pounds) in the 4600 block of Lorraine Avenue had fallen on the roof of his vehicle and caused $2,000 worth of damage, which he wanted reimbursed to his company. Police reports say it was unlikely that the branch had fallen on its own, as it appeared to be “twisted and snapped rather violently,” and moved to the west – the direction the vehicle had been traveling. The tree is owned by the town of Highland Park.

HP Harriers Take Team Titles at Fall Fest


Highland Park's boys runners earned the team crown in their division at the Lovejoy Fall Festival on Saturday.

The Highland Park boys and girls each won team titles in the 5A-6A division at the Lovejoy Fall Festival cross country meet on Saturday in McKinney.

Behind four personal-record times, the Scots ran to the title with the team of Tyler Mead, Jack Alessio, Charlie Philbin, Reese Hathaway, Matthew Lippman, John Moss, and Aali Furqan.

Besides the lower-division title, the Lady Scots placed sixth among 19 teams in the elite varsity girls division. Sophia Oliai was seventh in the individual standings with a personal-best time of 18 minutes, 30 seconds for the 5-kilometer course. Cameron Fawcett was in 20th place. The seven-runner squad posted six personal-best times.

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.

House of the Month: 3608 Lexington Avenue


(Courtesy Rogers Healy)

Priced at $9,995,000, this stunning traditional home is now available. With seven bedrooms, one half and eight full bathrooms, the 14,400-square-foot house situated on more than half an acre exudes elegance in every detail. Completely remodeled from 2016–17, the open-concept floor plan provides ample space for entertaining, with top-of-the-line modern amenities. The home features elevator access to all three levels — including the 2,500-square-foot playroom on the third floor. The backyard oasis features lush landscaping, mature trees, and a breathtaking pool and spa.

Study: Dense Dallas Getting Hotter


“Cities do not cause heat waves — they amplify them.”

The Dallas area is heating up and not in a good way.

A recent study by Brian Stone, a professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, found that Dallas is heating up faster than nearly every other American city. Only Phoenix, Arizona, is warming faster.

“The study … is a wake-up call for all of us who call Dallas and North Texas home,” said Texas Trees Foundation CEO Janette Monear in announcing findings of the Dallas 2017 Urban Heat Island Effect Study.

The study was conducted for the foundation with partial funding from Alliance Data of Dallas.

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.