HPHS yearbook and journalism teacher Margie Raper was honored for earning the prestigious Interscholastic League Press Conference Max R. Haddick Teacher of the Year Award as the outstanding 2018-19 Texas high school journalism teacher and publication adviser. Raper's yearbook staff received both state and national recognition, including:
- UIL’s Interscholastic League Press Conference Gold Star
- Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Crown
- National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker finalist
The Highlander was also featured in the Josten's Look Book as one of the "best of the best" in theme, cover, design, storytelling and photography.
Former Place 4 Trustee Paul Rowsey was recognized with a resolution in honor of his commitment, leadership and service to HPISD schools. Rowsey served three terms for a total of nine years on the board in various positions including Vice President, Secretary, Finance Officer, and as a member of the district’s Finance Committee, Facilities Committee and Superintendent Focus Group.
In addition, trustees received two donations:
- A gift of $1.2 million from the Highland Park Education Foundation raised through the annual Mad for Plaid campaign to support the district’s budget, and;
- A gift of $150,000 from the Highland Park Sports Club to support the HPISD Athletics program.