The University Interscholastic League (UIL) announced today that Highland Park High School has won the 2021 5A Lone Star Cup. This marks the 12th time HP has earned this prestigious award recognizing overall school achievement, more times than any other school in UIL history.
"The Lone Star Cup is a symbol of excellence in the important areas of academics, fine arts and athletics," said HPISD Superintendent Dr. Tom Trigg. "Highland Park HS is the only Texas school to earn this distinction 12 times and I know our community joins me in congratulating everyone who contributed to this historically monumental accomplishment: students, teachers, directors, coaches and the many parents who support them."
This Lone Star Cup recognizes six high schools, one in each of the six UIL classifications (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A), based on their overall team achievement in UIL-sanctioned academic, athletic and music championships. The winning school in each classification receives the UIL Lone Star Cup trophy, to be presented in the fall, and a $1,000 scholarship.
"Once again, I am amazed but not surprised by the resilient performance of our students, teachers, directors and coaches,” said HPHS Principal Jeremy Gilbert. “Scotties always find a way to rise above challenges and perform at their best. I am proud of our students and the talented staff who pour their energy into building strong academic, fine arts and athletic programs. Winning two consecutive Lone Star Cups exemplifies the level of commitment and dedication to excellence our students demonstrate daily in the classroom and while performing in the arts or competing on the field.”
Since the inception of the award in 1997-98, the Scots have consistently been ranked as a top-performing school in UIL academic, athletic and music competitions. The Lone Star Cup was not awarded in 2020 due to the statewide cancellation of UIL spring sports. HP was in first place at the time of the cancellation.
"We celebrate our students and staff for an outstanding job," said Highland Park ISD Athletic Director Johnny Ringo. "This is an award earned by the entire school. In addition to earning the 12th overall title, it is the 19th time in the 24-year history of the Cup that the Scots have finished first or second. Continuing to perform at such high levels during an unprecedented year is a true reflection of HPISD's tradition of excellence in all areas."