Hillcrest High School

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Dallas ISD Leads the State in Low-Performing Schools, But the News Isn't All Bad

    First, a spot of good news: Hillcrest High School has climbed off the Texas Education Agency's annual list of low-performing schools. So have two other Dallas ISD schools, Francisco Medrano Middle School and John W. Runyon Elementary. Now for the depressing news: twenty-five DISD schools took their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    With Preston Hollow Elementary Losing More Rich Kids, Dallas ISD Eyes an IB Program

    Preston Hollow Elementary is losing the battle to woo the middle- and upper-class families who live nearby. It's not unique in this regard. Sanger Elementary, you'll recall, was spurned by the coveted high-level-city-bureaucrat demographic, and other grade schools in Dallas' well-heeled 'hoods draw ... More >>

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    August 20, 2012

    One Night, Four Dive Bars

    Recently, I've been thinking a lot about dive bars, that sub-sect of watering hole fiercely guarded by established regulars. The type of place where the bartender and waitress know 90% of their customer's names and take the time to invest in conversation past the precursory friendly pre-drink banter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Black, Korean Leaders Come Together to Give a Scholarship to the Girl who Never Missed a Day of School

    At exactly noon on Monday, 16-year-old Bria Bradshaw and her mother Charmaine walked into Tommy Pak's Kwik Stop in South Dallas, then stopped short. There was a horde of men and women in the convenience store, black and Korean, and most were in suits. There were video cameras set up toward the back, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    DISD Super Michael Hinojosa Officially Quits

    ​Leslie's at the Dallas Independent School District board meeting at this very moment, where the trustees will more than likely announce who will temporarily take Michael Hinojosa's place now that he's off to become a Georgia peach. Shocking -- they're in closed session. Ah, but speaking of: The d ... More >>

  • News

    April 14, 2011
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    November 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Spend a Few Minutes With Hillcrest High School Grad (and 24's) Glenn Morshower

    Danny HurleyGlenn Morshower in a photo the great Danny Hurley grabbed at the Sci-Fi Expo in Richardson back in April. "I didn't realize I had so many freckles," says the actor of the picture.​My dad came by the office yesterday -- not to see me, of course, but to meet his favorite actor, Glenn Mor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    And Now ... Introducing ... Your Dallas Mavericks! At the AAC's Open-Mike Night.

    If this picture were at all legible, you'd see Donnie Nelson sitting at the table where wanna-be Humble Billys took their best shots yesterday.​So, yeah, I was only kidding, far as you know, when I mentioned that, oh, maybe I'd try out for The Voice of The American Airlines Center. As you're no do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2009

    For Reel, How Did We Ever Forget About Dennis Quaid's Shot-at-SMU '78 Sexcapade?

    ​When last we discussed the Best Movies Ever Made in Dallas, this one somehow missed the list: 1978's Seniors, a college sex romp filmed on the SMU campus starring Dennis Quaid and a topless Priscilla Barnes. It was on DVD for a while, but seems to be out of print at the moment -- damn it. Blessed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    Teacher-Turned-Author Questions How Dallas Landed Two Schools at Top of Newsweek List

    Newsweek has yet again released its list of the top 1,500 public high schools in the U.S. -- and Dallas, with six on the list, has dropped one from the '08 scorecard: poor ol' Hillcrest High School, which last year came in at No. 547, dang. The School for the Talented and Gifted at Yvonne A. Ewell T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    Dallas, Yet Again, Amuses the British

    The UK Guardian has an oh-those-crazy-Yanks piece about locals spending $20 on those "Welcome Home, George and Laura" signs. Better still is the accompanying artwork by the great Nan Coulter -- a homemade banner from "the Maloufs," among the eight photos included in the sidebar slideshow (or, as I l ... More >>

  • News

    October 9, 2008

    DISD In the Hole

    Teachers get axed and parents fret as Dallas' school leaders scramble to cover a budget hole

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2007

    They've Done Gone Batty at Hillcrest

    This is from the original West End production of Bat Boy, but Hillcrest's version doesn't look that far off. Hillcrest High School sure has trendy tastes in stage productions: The school's latest offering is none other than the award-winning Off-Broadway and London West End hit Bat Boy: The Musical, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2007

    All's Quiet on the Northwestern Front

    The missus and I just concluded a morning tour of the Northwest Dallas polling places, and so far, no drama -- or voters, for that matter. At 9:32, we were Nos. 53 and 54 at Leonides Cigarroa Elementary School on Webb Chapel Road and Walnut Hill Lane (our third polling place in three elections, come ... More >>

  • News

    February 8, 2007

    Yo Soy el Army

    Uncle Sam wants you--especially if you're Latino

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2007

    Yeah, That Looks Nothing Like Billy Crudup

    So, earlier this week, Billy Crudup hisself confirmed to us that he did indeed go to Hillcrest High School in the early 1980s. Even told us he was in the yearbook. Only took us a few days, but we now have all the proof you ever needed: Crudup's freshman class photo. It's after the jump. (And, look, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2007
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    May 19, 2005

    Narrow Escape

    Plus: Havard Pleads Guilty

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    September 23, 2004

    Paper Trail

    Plus: Old Hand; When Fanboys Dream

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    July 22, 2004

    The Unnatural

    Jamey Newberg's a major-league hit with his minor-league reports

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    December 26, 2002

    Crazy White Mother

    From fake IDs to guns, Ecstasy and GHB, Doug Havard was one-stop shopping for Dallas' spoiled rich kids

  • News

    December 28, 2000

    Not So Special

    DISD's special education program is anything but, say parents and state officials, and it too often abandons the children who need attention most

  • News

    August 3, 2000

    Public defenders

    A surprising number of parents are shunning the 'burbs, pulling their kids out of private schools, and embracing DISD

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    April 6, 2000

    Lost and found

    Poor, brown, and inner-city. These Adamson High School kids weren't supposed to make it. They did anyway.

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    October 21, 1999

    The ghost of Tom Landry

    In 1970, Pat Toomay was scared he'd get drafted by Vince Lombardi. Something worse happened -- he ended up playing for the Dallas Cowboys. Years later, he'd realize what damage that wrought.

  • Culture

    February 18, 1999

    Master stroke

    Olympic gold medalist Jerry Heidenreich has become what he swore he never would -- one hell of a swimming coach

  • News

    January 22, 1998
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    May 15, 1997

    Follow the Money

    Don't let accusations of overtime fraud by low-level employees distract you. The real money disappears from the Dallas Independent School District through sleazy contracts awarded by top administrators.

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    January 18, 1996

    The making of an activist

    Arena process stirs one woman to get involved