Highland Park High School celebrates state titles with ‘Parade of Champions’January 8, 2017
January 8, 2017 1:48AM ET
By Elvia Limón The Dallas Morning News
Jan. 08–Hundreds of residents braved the cold weather on Saturday for a chance to cheer on Highland Park High School’s football and tennis teams during a victory parade celebrating their recent state championship wins.
Both University Park and Highland Park honored the teams with a “Parade of Champions” that began outside the high school at 3 p.m. Saturday and ended 30 minutes later at the gazebo in Goar Park, near University Park’s City Hall building.
“This is a great time to celebrate,” football coach Randy Allen said. “This football team is very special. They overcame a lot of adversity, but they got better and better as the year progressed.”
The Highland Park Belles and the marching band led the parade as players and coaches waved at the spectators from several cars and trailers.
On Dec. 17, the football team won its fourth state title after beating Temple 16-7 at AT&T Stadium and winning the UIL Class 5A Division I state championship.
John Stephen Jones, the team’s quarterback and grandson of Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones, scored two touchdowns during the game to helped the team win.
The football team shared the victory parade with the school’s tennis team, which won its seventh-straight state championship against Alamo Heights High School in November.
The teams were also honored with proclamations from University Park and Highland Park naming Jan. 7 as the “Parade of Champions Day.” U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions and state Sen. Don Huffines gave the team captains U.S. flags flown in Washington, D.C., and at the Texas State Capitol.
“This community is bound together once again off great news of success of its young people,” Sessions said. “On the field of football or tennis, or really any of our academics or athletic processes, each of our young people learns about themselves, about competition and about the world they will be a part of.”
Christine Taverno and her husband, Stefano, went to their first high school football game this year when their daughter, Victoria, became a part of the marching band. Taverno said she’s enjoyed seeing the community bond over the win.
“It was so great to support the school’s team,” said Taverno. “The entire community is ecstatic.”
The Scots weren’t the only ones celebrating on Saturday.
DeSoto High School celebrated its four Class 6A Division II state championships with a tailgate at the high school.
“The Ultimate Tailgate Takeover” celebrated the wins by the football team, the boys basketball team and the boys and girls track teams with a DJ, food trucks and cheers from parents and community leaders.