Sports, Band, Academics Power HPHS to 12th Lone Star Cup

Highland Park High clinched its 12th University Interscholastic League Lone Star Cup, the most in UIL history.

“The Lone Star Cup is a symbol of excellence in the important areas of academics, fine arts, and athletics,” said Highland Park ISD Superintendent Tom Trigg. “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 is an award earned by the entire school.

Johnny Ringo

For the 2020-21 academic year, the Scots won state titles in team tennis and boys golf while placing in the top five at state in marching band, academics, and girls cross country.

The UIL Lone Star Cup program began during the 1997-98 school year and recognizes one high school in each of the six UIL conferences based on the school’s overall team achievement in academic, athletic, and music championships. The winning school in each classification receives a trophy 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.”

Highland Park ISD Athletic Director Johnny Ringo also praised students and staff for the award. 

“We celebrate our students and staff for an outstanding job,” Ringo said in a statement. “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.”

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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