HPISD Centennial Celebration Big Success

President & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies Mary Frances Burleson and HPISD Superintendent Dr. Dawson Orr enjoy the Centennial Celebration.

The Highland Park Independent School District marked its 100th anniversary this past Sunday, with a joyful community celebration of its past, present and future.  The Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, was the presenting sponsor of the fun-filled event.


“The schools have long been the heart of this exceptional community, and our company is pleased to help mark this significant milestone in a meaningful way,” said Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies.


Ms. Burleson, who graduated from Highland Park High School in 1953, is a recipient of the district’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She’s also a member of the Highland Park Education Foundation’s board of directors.


Ms. Burleson proudly wore her 10th-grade beanie to the Community Centennial Celebration, where she was among the dignitaries who addressed the crowd.


The booth staffed by the Ebby Halliday Companies was very popular with current HPISD students, thanks to the bowls of free candy that sat between giveaways.


Nearby, the district’s Multi-Purpose Activities Center was transformed into a museum that detailed the history of each campus and profiled some of the high school’s notable alums. Among the items on display was the Heisman Trophy won by Doak Walker in 1948, and the Cy Young Awards won by Clayton Kershaw in 2011 and 2013.


Congratulations from all of us at the Ebby Halliday Companies to the students, alumni, educators, and parents of the HPISD on 100 fantastic years!


HPISD Celebrates Centennial Anniversary

Centennial Co-Chairs Bruce and Leeanne Hunt with Ebby Halliday and President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson during halftime of a Scots football game.


On Sunday, October 19, the Highland Park Independent School District will celebrate its 100th Anniversary with a fun-filled block party. The Ebby Halliday Family of Companies, which includes Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, is the Presenting Sponsor of the HPISD Centennial Anniversary celebration.


The big event takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. at Highlander Stadium and the Multi-Purpose Activities Center across the street. Grassmere Lane will be blocked off for the party, which will feature food trucks, a Kids Corner with bounce houses and more, student performances, the Scots Museum, and a special ceremony at 3:30 p.m. that will include our President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson, a recipient of the HPISD Distinguished Alumni Award.


Congratulations to everyone involved with the HPISD — students, teachers, administrators, parents and volunteers ­– on 100 years of excellence in education!