Forgive me if you’ve heard this before, but I have to complain about the way the powers that be at Highland Park High School handle National Signing Day. This is a made-for-the-media event; an athlete’s letter of intent is just as binding if he/she signs it in the privacy of his/her own home, and his/her scholarship will be no less valuable. Schools schedule Signing Day ceremonies just so the kids can get some much-deserved recognition. They get that recognition only if the media show up with cameras.
That’s why I don’t understand why the Highland Park coaches make our job harder than it has to be. (And I say “our” because I doubt any media outlets besides Park Cities People will be at HPHS on Wednesday.) Instead of scheduling one ceremony where we can interview all the athletes at once and get their smiling faces in a single photograph, here’s how the coaches have arranged things: At 2:30 p.m., there will be a ceremony for football players in the coaches’ office. FIVE MINUTES LATER, a separate ceremony for the girls soccer team is scheduled to begin in the cafeteria. I hope nobody gets too verbose in the football ceremony. Otherwise, my staff — and, presumably, principal Walter Kelly — will be running to the cafeteria to make sure they don’t miss the soccer signing.
Meanwhile, Dallas ISD has somehow managed to schedule a single ceremony for its dozens of scholarship athletes from multiple schools. What a concept. Why don’t you try it, Scots?