New district first look: Highland Park

Kevin Davis, Sports Editor

Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of profiles on the school’s opponents in next year’s new UIL district, 15-5A. 

Highland Park

Enrollment: 2,026

Mascot: Fighting Scots

School Colors: Blue, gold, and white

Distance from Lovejoy: 25.7 miles (36 minutes) 4220 Emerson University Park, Texas, 75205 USA

Year opened: 1922

Scots’ 2015-16 results (according to SportsDayHS):

Football: 10-2

Volleyball: 38-4

Boys Basketball: 23-10

Girls Basketball: 16-12

Boys Soccer: 3-17

Girls Soccer: 24-4

Baseball: 30-8

Softball: 17-6

Notable Alumni: James Cronin, 1980 Nobel Prize-winning physicist

Angie Harmon, actress

Robert H. Jackson, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer of Lee Harvey Oswald’s assassination

Dorothy Malone, actress, 1956 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

Jayne Mansfield, actress

Megan Mylan, 2008 Academy Award-winning documentarian

Stark Sands, film, stage and television actor

Doug Wright, Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright

David Browning, 1952 Olympic gold medalist in 3-meter springboard diving

Harrison Frazar, professional golfer

Mike Heath, swimmer who won three gold medals and one silver at 1984 Olympics

Clayton Kershaw, pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers

Shaun Jordan, two-time Olympic gold medalist as part of 400-meter free-relay teams at the 1988 Olympics and the 1992 Olympics

Hank Kuehne, PGA Tour golfer and 1998 U.S. Amateur champion

Kelli Kuehne, LPGA golfer and two-time U.S. Women’s Amateur champion

Trip Kuehne, 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur Golf champion and 3-time NCAA golf All-American

Bobby Layne, Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee

Lance McIlhenny, winningest quarterback in Southern Methodist University and Southwest Conference history

Kyle Williams, offensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks

Dave Richards, offensive guard/offensive tackle in the NFL

John Roach, quarterback, defensive back and punter for the Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys

Anthony Schlegel, former linebacker for the New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals

Bo Schultz, baseball pitcher

Daniel Sepulveda, two-time Ray Guy Award winner, punter for the Pittsburgh Steelers

Matthew Stafford, former quarterback for the Georgia Bulldogs, starting quarterback for the Detroit Lions

Doak Walker, 1948 Heisman Trophy winner and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee

Chris Young, New York Mets All-Star pitcher

Bill Clements, Governor of Texas, 1979–83, 1987–91

John N. Leedom, Texas state senator from Dallas County, 1981-1996

Tom Price, judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 1997-2015; judge of the Texas 282nd Court, 1987-1997

Athletes to watch: Junior Dorbah, S, Class of 2017

Dorbah is a 6-foot, 195-pound safety on the Scots’ football team. Dorbah is currently offer-less, but has reported interest from Baylor, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State. As a sophomore, Dorbah was named first team all-district when he played at Dallas Conrad before moving to Highland Park. Expect the safety to play his best ball yet as he is entering his senior season looking for his first scholarship offer.

Analysis: Highland Park is without a doubt the strongest athletic program that the Leopards will face in the upcoming district. The halls of Highland Park are rich in history and tradition, and part of that tradition is winning. The football team seems to always be successful, the girls soccer team has made runs for the state title multiple times in the recent years, and the baseball and volleyball teams also are known for winning games. When the 2016-17 school year begins, make sure that you do not miss out on any Leopard-Scot matchups, because they are sure to be entertaining.