HPISD first opened its doors in October of 1914, and the countdown to the centennial has begun. The schools have long been the heart of this community, and we want your help in marking this special 100th anniversary.
For the past year, we have interviewed past and present HPISD administrators, teachers, school board members, students and community leaders at a variety of gatherings. You can view trailers including highlights by clicking the images below.
We are seeking community members, students and faculty members who would like to be a part of this historic celebration. If you would like to volunteer or would like to nominate someone to serve on one of the centennial planning committees, please send your nomination to Centennial Volunteer Chairs Cindy Vaughan Kerr and Guy Kerr at firstname.lastname@example.org. A volunteer/nomination submission page is also available on our website. Volunteers are needed in the following areas:
- Events - Special events, both large and small, will mark the centennial on all seven campuses during landmark events such as the first day of school, graduation and other appropriate occasions throughout the year. We are looking for volunteers to organize these special events, both on the district and campus levels.
- History - Anyone interested in historical research, organizing and putting together displays of historic memorabilia and documents will want to sign up for this committee. Every campus has its own history to celebrate, in addition to looking back at HPISD's 100 years and looking forward to the next century.
- Extracurricular Activities - HPISD has long been known for excellence outside the classroom, whether in athletics, fine arts or HPISD's other extracurricular organizations. This committee will trace those decades of student talent and performance.
- Academics - The history of HPISD is a lesson in itself, and one that we want to be shared in the classroom. Teachers, students and those interested in curriculum development will explore ways to incorporate this important landmark in classroom lessons and activities.
- Community Coordination - HPISD's centennial falls close to key anniversaries for the Town of Highland Park, City of University Park and Southern Methodist University. This committee will seek to coordinate with our community partners in efforts to celebrate together.
- Public Relations - This committee will be responsible for creatively publicizing the centennial and producing media pieces to capture both HPISD's history and its aspirations for the future.
- Alumni - HP graduates are known for keeping in touch long after they've earned their diplomas. This committee will celebrate Scots from the first graduating class on and explore what gives them the unique bond they share for a lifetime.
- Underwriting/Fund Raising - Community support will make the centennial celebrations a reality, and the underwriting committee will allow both individuals and business partners to be a part of marking HPISD's 100 years of excellence in a meaningful way.
Also, if you have any photographs, items or documents that you would like to either donate or loan to HPISD to be used in archival displays or a written history of the district, please contact Communications Director Helen Williams at email@example.com. Photos and documents will be scanned and promptly returned, and items will be securely stored, catalogued and returned to the owner. Photos and documents can also be submitted through an online form.
A special thanks goes out to the members of our Centennial steering committee who have been meeting since the spring of 2010 to lay out the preliminary plans and recruit volunteers. Thank you for helping us celebrate 100 years of learning, service and tradition!
Click the image below to view a slideshow featuring images from our photo archive.