What kind of high school shapes the diverse talents of people who have claimed such prestigious honors as the Nobel Prize, Olympic gold medals, the Oscar, an Emmy, the Heisman trophy, the Pulitzer Prize, and becoming valedictorians in the same year at West Point and Annapolis?
HPHS has one of the most comprehensive Advanced Placement offerings in the Southwest at the heart of its college preparatory program. In 2010, 1,043 Highland Park High School students submitted 2,773 AP exams, with 64% scoring “3” or higher.
You will find not only superior academic achievement at HPHS, but also the desire and ability to excel in music, drama, journalism, athletics, arts and other fields. More than half of the students at Highland Park participate on school athletic teams, and approximately 80% of HPHS students are active in extracurricular activities. In 2005, Sports Illustrated named the HPHS athletics program #1 in Texas and the 16th best high school athletics program in the country.
HPHS students continue to excel after graduation as well, with approximately 97% of each year's graduates enrolling in colleges and universities.
The HPHS Mission Statement reads: “The mission of Highland Park High School is to provide an environment which will enable students to develop and to continue the lifelong academic, cultural and physical aspects of learning in order to foster visionary individuals who strive toward excellence with a sense of global and technological awareness and who will go forth to serve the community and world as responsible citizens.” Even today, HPHS students continue to live out our school motto,
Highland Park Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disabilities in providing educational services, activities, and programs in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.