Welcome to THE PARK CITIES
The Town of Highland Park is located approximately three miles north of downtown Dallas. “A city within a city”, Highland Park is considered one of the most prestigious towns in the country with approximately 8,900 residents. Its lush, tree-lined streets, colorful gardens and richly landscaped public parks are a result of the original town plan developed by renowned landscape architect Wilbur David Cook, who also designed Beverly Hills, California. The neighborhood offers stellar public schools – the nationally recognized exemplary school district, Highland Park Independent School District. Some of the finest in shopping and dining, including the stylish and historic Highland Park Village, are minutes within reach. The area’s most beautiful waterway, Turtle Creek, runs throughout this quaint city which features its own public library, swimming pool and tennis courts. The highly-involved local residents and active families create a neighborhood environment that many feel to be unmatched in Texas.
Immediately north of Highland Park and five miles north of downtown Dallas, University Park is also served by the renowned Highland Park Independent School District and enjoys other hallmarks as Highland Park, including public tennis courts, beautiful parks and the family friendly “U.P.” swimming pool. The city is the home of Southern Methodist University and its north-central location provides easy access to a broad range of cultural, fine dining, recreational, shopping and business activities. The neighborhood shares a strong bond among the community. There are a refreshingly high percentage of generations of families that reside in University Park yet newcomers are embraced with true southern hospitality, common throughout this charming area.
Highland Park Independent School District (HPISD) is a consolidated school district, serving residents in both Highland Park and University Park. The district includes four elementary schools, one middle school, one intermediate school and Highland Park High School. It is recognized as one of the best public school systems in Texas and in the United States with more than 95 percent of the district's students attending college after graduation.