Jeremy Gilbert Named HPHS Principal

Highland Park ISD announced Jeremy Gilbert will take over as principal of Highland Park High School. Gilbert’s reportedly been principal at Highland Park Middle School since 2018.

“Jeremy Gilbert is a respected school leader who knows our students, our parents and our community as well as anyone,” HPISD Superintendent Tom Trigg said in a statement. “He is successful wherever he goes because he believes in developing a strong culture, dedicates himself to every task and is not afraid to take on a challenge or learn new things. I am very excited for the future of Highland Park High School under his leadership.”

Gilbert started at HPISD in 2008 as principal at Hyer Elementary School, a job he held for 10 years.

His career in education, however, began in 1998 as an elementary school teacher in Richardson ISD. He later served the school district as assistant principal and a principal for RISD’s Wallace Elementary for four years prior to his arrival in HPISD. He received his master’s in education administration from the University of North Texas and his bachelor’s from Texas A&M University. 

“When I joined HPISD twelve years ago, I knew right away that I found my school home,” HPHS Principal Jeremy Gilbert said in a statement. “The unique partnerships enjoyed among our talented teachers, supportive parents, and our loving community members help make our district a special place to teach and to learn. The honor of serving as Principal of Highland Park High School is nothing short of a dream come true for me. I am excited to build upon the long standing tradition of excellence established at HPHS as we prepare each Scot to ‘Enter to learn. Go forth to serve.’”

Gilbert succeeds Walter Kelly, who served HPHS for ten years and recently accepted a position as principal of Mercer Island High School near Seattle. HPISD will begin the search for a new principal for Highland Park Middle School.

 “We know these are uncertain times in our community,” Trigg said. “Mr. Gilbert’s familiarity with the community and much of the school leadership staff at the high school will help ease his transition into the new role. At the same time, he will be available to assist at the middle school when a new principal is selected.” 

Gilbert’s position at HPHS officially begins July 1.

Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at

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