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 nominations for the 2024 Alumni Awards are now closed.

the nomination form for 2025 will open up
in january.  

HPHs alumni awards

Since opening its doors in 1914, Highland Park High School has graduated countless men and women who have gone on to distinguish themselves through outstanding professional accomplishments, exemplary community service, and loyal support of the school district. To honor such remarkable achievements, the Highland Park High School Alumni Association started the Alumni Awards program in 1989. Since then, we have honored nearly 150 Highland Park graduates, former staff, and community leaders.

Awards criteria

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award shall be open to any alumni who attended Highland Park High School for a minimum of two (2) years and is at least 30 years of age at the time of nomination. Awards for alumni will be given for achievement in various fields of service which include, but are not limited to, the arts, athletics, business, education, entertainment, law, medicine, military, music, philanthropy, politics, public service, religion, and science. Please note that awards may be given posthumously and, in such instances, there shall be no age requirement.


Distinguished Young Alumni Award

The Distinguished Young Alumni Award may be given as a special award to recognize and honor any alumni who attended for a minimum of two (2) years and graduated from Highland Park High School and has achieved great success in their first 20 years after graduation. The Distinguished Young Alumni Award will be given for achievement in various fields which include, but are not limited to, the arts, athletics, business, education, entertainment, law, medicine, military, music, philanthropy, politics, public service,

religion, and science. Please note that awards may be given posthumously and, in such instances, there shall be no age requirement.


Distinguished Service Award

To qualify for the Distinguished Service Award, a faculty member must have completed at least ten (10) years of service to the District. At least three (3) years must have lapsed between the nominee’s last full-time service to the District and the end of the school year in which the award is to be granted.


Highlander Award

To qualify for the Highlander Award, an individual or group must have demonstrated significant commitment to HPISD through the giving of time, energy, and/or resources.

Please contact Tracy Flint, Director of Alumni Relations, at 214-780-3060 or for more information. 

The 2023 Highland park high school 
Distinguished alumni awards are presented by:

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Congratulations to our 2023 honorees!

Click on our award winners to learn more

Thank you to our sponsors!


Cordelia and Tom Boone

Judy and Jim Gibbs

Kahn Mechanical Contractors

KDC Real Esate Development & INvestments

Kingsriter Family/
1998 State Champion Baseball Team

The Melson Family

Debbie and Lee Owens

Petro-Hunt LLC

MRs. Nancy Poole

The Swope Family

Lee Ann and Steve Van Amburgh

Doug Gibbins, Orvil Jones, & Don Richardson
congratulate Donna Pierce




academic Advancement Partners
Allie beth Allman & Associates
Janis and Roy Coffee, Jr.
Elizabeth Egan Miller, Byron & Nancy Egan
Margo & Bill Goodwin
Sally & Steve Hanna
The Hickey Family
Sally & Olin Lane
Lillie Young

Navy Sponsor

Cynthia & Louis Beecherl
Any & Bryce Benson
Maryjane & Chris bonfield
Meg & Chris Boyd
Jane & Doug Coldwell
Dallas 24 hour Club
Jana & Bob Dransfield
Ashley & Pete Flowers
Louise & Guy Griffeth
Harkey Audio Visual
Cindy & Guy Kerr
Blythe & Adam Koch
Edward Mahon
Judy & jack Myers
Mary & Tom o'Dwyer
Dr. & mrs. Paul C. Peters, Jr.
Gage prichard
Zora & Bill Skelton
Wanda Brand Spoonmore
Susan & Rick Sullivan
Sybil & Allen Taylor Family
TVW Consulting LLC

Additional support

Suzanne Babcock

Mary & Jody Bass

Dick Beyea

The Bradley Family

Anne & Alan Feld

The Kershaw foundation

Kathy Thomas Krueger

Kathy Jonas

Ann Heard-Sakhaee

Dorothy Leidner

Jack Lowe

Sandy Nichols

Susan & John Carl Rutledge

Gretchen & George Seay

Joan Stansbury

Karen Stephenson

Nancy & Hal Watson 

Beverly Wester

Kristina Bush Whitcomb

Brenda & Bob White

Karen & Tyson Woods

special thanks to

HPHS Lads and Lassies

Snax Media, David McKenzie - Videographer

Guy Rogers, III - Photographer

Julie Brauer Cope - Dallas Country club

Sarah Hobbs Poitevent - Park Cities Petals

HP Education Foundation Board of Directors

HPHS Alumni Association Board

Past recipients

1989 – Andrew P. Rollins, Jr. '35*, Charles H. Webb, Jr. '51, Kyle Rote, Jr. '68, Ben W. Wiseman* (Service)

1990 – Charles E. Seay '32*, Doak Walker, Jr. '45*, James W. Cronin '48*, Martha Mary Stewart '34* (Service)

1991 – William J. McClanahan '27*, Warren R. “Bob” Lilly '51*, Carol Hall '54*, Sara Ferguson Styring '42* (Service)

1992 – Jane Manton Marshall '42, John Mathis '49, John Duckett '54*, Peggy Pace Duckett '58, Margaret Wasson* (Service)

1993 – Ben Carpenter '41*, Lindalyn Bennett Adams '48, William Howard Beasley '64* (Posthumous), Walter M. Spradley* (Service)

1994 – Margaret Milam McDermott '29*, William P. Clements, Jr. '34*, Trisha Wilson '65, Winston C. Power, Jr.* (Service)

1995 – Robert F. Ritchie '35*, David G. Fox '41*, Peter O’Donnell, Jr. '41, David “Skippy” Browning '48* (Posthumous), Frank Monroe (Service)

1996 – Don M. Houseman '40*, Louis A. Beecherl, Jr. '43*, Charles Paddock Otstott '55, Alton K. “Butch” Thompson '56, Edith Harris* (Service)

1997 – Donald D. Clayton '53, Lee Cullum '56, William T. Solomon '60, Frank Bevers* (Service)

1998 – Robert “Bobby” Layne '44* (Posthumous), Justice James A. Baker '49*, Ward L. Huey, Jr. '56, Michael M. Boone '59, E.A. Sigler, Jr. (Service)

1999 – John F. Anderson, Jr. '37*, A. Starke Taylor, Jr. '39*, Lynn C. Ashby '56, Walter Cecil Holmes, Jr. '55* (Service)

2000 – L. Lowry Mays '53, Gifford Touchstone '54, Wendy Kopp '85, Floyd R. Hightower* (Service)

2001 – Harvey Roberts “Bum” Bright '38*, Sylvia Ford Little '51, Sandra Jean Ford Fulton '55, Newton L. Manning* (Posthumous - Service)

2002 – Henry C. Beck, Jr. '34*, Ted Votteler '44*, Jack E. Little '56, Kellis White (Service)

2003 – James Cleo Thompson, Jr. '48*, Donald Zale '51, Thomas E. Campbell '56*, Kenneth Thomas (Service)

2004 – George E. Hurt, Jr. '50*, William L. Hutchison '50, Henry D. Jacoby '53, Elaine S. Prude* (Service), James “Brad” Bradley (Highlander)

2005 – George Underwood '37*, Ed Bernet '51, Peggy Nowlin Hanley '52, Lisabeth List '86, Frank Story* (Posthumous - Service),

            Barbara Lomax Hitzelberger* (Highlander)

2006 – Pat Hudson Robertson '37*, John Roach '51*, Medora Doherty White '56*, Rodney Pirtle (Service), Margo Goodwin (Highlander)

2007 – Jack A. Turpin '47*, Charles Pistor '48*, Jack Lowe, Jr. '57, Mary Dillard (Service), Kirk Dooley '73 (Highlander)

2008 – Dorothy Nettleton Masterson '52, George Reynolds '53, Richard Quick '61*, Bo Snowden* (Service), David R. Webb '51 (Highlander)

2009 – Elizabeth Gamble Miller '43, Art Barnes '51*, Doug Wright '81, Becky Nugent (Service), Roger W. Blackmar, Jr. '50* (Highlander)

2010 – Elliot See, Jr. '45* (Posthumous), Bob Coffee '51, James A. Gibbs '53, Sam Burford, Jr. '60, Wanda Branch Spoonmore (Service),

           Susan and Marc Hall (Highlander)

2011 – James M. Moroney, Jr. '38* (Posthumous), Jerry Fullinwider '46*, Wade Smith '54, Albert J. “Bud” Toole, III '55, Shirley Kochman ’53 (Service)

2012 – Pierce Allman '50*, Don Bowman '53, Mike Sorrells '59, John P. Connolly (Service), Julie Ann Hudson O’Connell '52* (Highlander)

2013 – Richard "Dick" Bass '46*, Charles Robert "Bob" Palmer '52, G. Lee Griffin '56*, Linda Salinas (Service), La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas                                (Highlander)

2014 – Mary Frances McClure Burleson '53*, James “Blackie” Holmes '53*, Barbara Lehde deRubertis '57, David “D” Smith (Service),

            Cathy Bryce (Highlander)

2015 – W. Richard "Dick" Davis '53, Nat Read '57, Herb Weitzman '57, Cathy Wheat (Service), Judy Gibbs (Highlander)

2016 – Robert E. "Bob" Wilbur '59, Joanne Leedom-Ackerman '64, Trevor D. Rees-Jones '69, Orvil L. Jones, Jr. (Service), Cindy Vaughan Kerr '71 and                  Guy Kerr '71 (Highlander)

2017 David Pines '40*, Speight Jenkins '53, Tom Luce '58, Doug Gibbins (Service), Sally and Forrest Hoglund (Highlander) 

2018 Gary Morchower '55Byron Egan '61, Douglas Coldwell '67, Jerry Sutterfield (Service), Syd Carter '54 (Highlander)

2019 Roy Coffee, Jr. '55, Dorothy Elliott Leidner '83, Laura Claycomb '86Don Richardson (Service), Leslie Melson* (Highlander)

2020 Olin Lane '51, Martin True '64 (Posthumous), Amber Venz Box '05 and Baxter Box '01 (Young Alumni), Tom Shelton (Service) and

            Gage Prichard '54 (Highlander)

2022 The Honorable Harold "Hal" DeMoss '48 (Posthumous), Garry Weber '54, Paul Peters, M.D.'76, and Connie O'Neill (Highlander)


Click underlined names to view the honoree video.

*= Deceased

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