Lake Highlands to compete with Highland Park, Mesquite schools

CatThe University Interscholastic League announced new reclassification and realignment for Texas schools in 2014-2016 at 9 a.m. this morning. Fans of Texas football have been waiting with baited breath.

Lake Highlands will compete in the newly created 6A as a part of District 10-6A.

The district is comprised of: Lake Highlands, Richardson High, J.J. Pearce, Berkner, Highland Park, Mesquite High, Mesquite Horn and North Mesquite.

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The cutoff for inclusion in the new 6A is 2100, and Lake Highlands – get this – officially had 2503.5 students at counting time. Highland Park had the smallest number of all schools in 6A – 2106.  (The new 6A is essentially the old 5A, with UIL moving six-man football into Class A status and moving everyone else up a notch. They have not pulled the mega-schools out to a separate district.)

With Jesuit, Skyline, and the other Dallas schools slipping out of our district, it’s time for a whole new set of rivalries to form at Lake Highlands. LH has a history – both positive and negative – with HP. While many students go to camp and to church with longtime HP friends, a few ugly incidents in the past of carloads of students driving back and forth between the neighborhoods looking for trouble will certainly keep the principals on their toes.

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Speaking of principals.

HPHS Principal Walter Kelly knows his way around the hallowed halls of LHHS. He helmed our school from 2008-10 before departing for his new gig.

Recent rival Jesuit, meanwhile, is now with Irving and Dallas schools, including Skyline. As a private school they had many students living here in LH, which added to the fun of the competition. They will be missed.

Welcome to a new era of sports in Lake Highlands. Here’s a complete list of the new UIL districts. Go Cats!

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