Highland Park is one half of the Park Cities enclave in Dallas, Texas. The town of almost 9,000 residents is located three miles north of the center of Dallas and is home to the prestigious Dallas Country Club, built in 1896. Originally bought in 1889, an entrepreneur by the name of Henry Exall began developing the land for exclusive housing (naming it Philadelphia Place) before losing his fortunes during the Panic of 1893. A decade later, John S. Armstrong bought the land and named it Highland Park. The town was incorporated in 1913, with a population of 500. After a failed attempt to annex the small town in the late 1940s, the city of Dallas began annexing the land surrounding it. This left the town with only the 2.26 square miles it was on in which to build housing and developments.
Today, Highland Park is greatly revered for having high quality housing, with an average market price of about $1.2 million. The average median income per household is anywhere between $150,000 to $200,000.
In 1931, the town opened the first self-contained shopping center in the country. Located at the southwest corner of Mockingbird Lane and Preston Road, Highland Park Village is home to many high-end retail stores, as well as popular restaurants and The Village Theater. In 2000, the shopping center was declared a National Historic Landmark. Another notable landmark in town is the enormous pecan tree, dubbed “The Million Dollar Monarch”. Standing 75′ tall and stretching 75′ wide, the 170 year old tree is a staple of the community, as it’s been the site of the town’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony every year since 1927. The lighting of the tree, with more than 5,000 bulbs, is recognized as the oldest community Christmas tree lighting tradition in Dallas County.
Amenities in the town include more than 20 community parks, complete with trails, playgrounds, tennis courts, and playing fields. In the spring, Highland Park explodes with color from the more than 8,000 beautiful azaleas that are planted throughout the parks. In Davis Park, the community pool is open to all residents. The pool is 50′ x 100′ long, with a separate wading pool for younger children.
Most students in town are served by Highland Park Independent School District, which is located and serves the city of University Park as well. With only seven schools (in six campuses), the district is consistently ranked among the top school districts in the state. There are four elementary schools in the district, each named National Blue Ribbon Schools at least once. These schools include: Armstrong, Bradfield, Hyer, and University Park Elementary. McCulloch Intermediate and Highland Park Middle School both occupy separate wings of one building. Highland Park High School (located in University Park) exceedingly scores above state and national averages on SAT & ACT exams, year after year.
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