The Highland Park Independent School District is located immediately north of downtown Dallas in the 6-square-mile suburban area of Highland Park, University Park and a small part of North Dallas. HPISD serves approximately 32,200 residents who are predominantly college-educated professionals and business leaders in the Dallas community. Since Highland Park schools were founded in 1914, there has been a consistent effort to build a tradition of excellence in both academic and extracurricular activities.
Dallas is home to the State Fair of Texas, some of the finest museums in the Southwest and professional sports teams. Southern Methodist University, one of the largest and most prestigious universities in the South, is located in the Park Cities and offers a variety of concerts, lectures and athletic events to the surrounding area.
The Highland Park Independent School District first opened its doors in October of 1914 with a four-room building on Cornell Avenue. Since then, it has grown to a district comprised of seven campuses: four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school and one high school. The district has an enrollment of approximately 6,783 students and employs 750 people, including more than 430 teachers.
HPISD received acknowledgements in every category of the Texas Education Agency's Gold Performance Accountability Indicators. The GPA publicly recognizes high performance in areas that are in addition to those used to determine state accountability ratings.
Highland Park High School students consistently score above the national and state average on the ACT and SAT. In 2011, HPHS students scored a composite 26.8 on the ACT, compared to the Texas average of 20.8 and the national average of 21.1. HPHS students recorded a composite score of 1786 on the SAT, higher than the Texas average of 1462 and the national average of 1509.