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Highland Park High School backs down on backpack policy  WIBW

Highland Park High School has relaxed its new backpack policy.

Its Your Business for Sunday, May 12, 2019  The Topeka Capital-Journal

Items for It's Your Business can be submitted by email to or by mail to The Topeka Capital-Journal, 100 S.E. 9th, Suite 200, Topeka, KS 66612.

Students protest Highland Park High School's new policy  WIBW

Students are protesting a new rule at Highland Park High School and questioning the reason behind it.

Highland Park High School starts school year off with new backpack policy  KSNT News

Highland Park High School's new policy prohibiting students from carrying backpacks to class has caused some concerns for students and parents.

Highland Park High comes out on top in competition  WIBW

Congratulations goes out to Highland Park High School for winning first place in the Encore gen2gen competition.

Highland Park High School students celebrated for rising graduation rates  WIBW

Students at a local high school got a treat Friday for raising their graduation rates.

Advisors Excel providing free food for Highland Park High School students  KSNT News

Students at Topeka's Highland Park High School are being rewarded with free food.

Highland Park High School seniors end on a high note  WIBW

177 graduating seniors took part in the Highland Park High School graduation ceremony Saturday.

Highland Park students learn entrepreneurship skills for Market Day  The Topeka Capital-Journal

Groups of Highland Park High School students put the finishing touches on their Market Day tables as the first lunch period of the day began Thursday.

Highland Park boys basketball forfeits win due to ineligible player  WIBW

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Highland Park boys basketball team is now searching for its first win again. According to Topeka Public Schools director of ...

Students question Highland Park's new rule on backpacks  WIBW

A new policy at Highland Park High School requires students to leave their backpacks in their lockers, but not all students are happy about it.

Local school semi-finalist in national competition  WIBW

Highland Park High School is one of the 25 semi-finalists in the Encore Gen2Gen prize.

Highland Park's Dominguez is breaking barriers  WIBW

Nyah Dominguez is a freshman at Highland Park High School, and the first female football player to the current coaches' knowledge. She plays many different ...

Students escape injury when car flips onto top outside Highland Park High School  The Topeka Capital-Journal

Two students escaped serious injury Wednesday afternoon when the car they were in hit a pole and flipped onto its top at the entrance to the Highland Park ...

Former Highland Park High School student plans to return to Topeka to teach  Topeka Capital Journal

A decorated Highland Park High School graduate pursuing a degree at Pittsburg State University has been offered an intent to hire by Topeka Unified School ...

Highland Park High School’s new principal ready for challenges  Topeka Capital Journal

Above the noise made by the midmorning crush of teenagers filling the front lobby of Highland Park High School on Tuesday, Shana Perry could be heard telling ...

‘Eye-opening’ TV show sends seven undercover adults back to high school in Topeka  Kansas City Star

An A&E documentary series, “Undercover High,” follows the experiences of seven young adults who went back to school at Highland Park High in Topeka, ...

Highland Park inducts six into the hall of fame  WIBW

Highland Park High School added some new names to the Hall of Fame and Sports Wall of Honor Saturday.

Highland Park High School in Topeka, Kansas Stands with Charlottesville • Charlottesville Tomorrow  Charlottesville Tomorrow

Dear Charlottesville, Here in Topeka, Kansas you've been on our minds a lot lately. In August and then again this past weekend, we could hardly believe ou.

Graduation rates at Topeka schools reach new heights  The Topeka Capital-Journal

Graduation rates for Topeka Unified School District 501 reached 81.7 percent in 2018 — the first time the district has topped 80 percent since the state in 2010 ...

A&E’s ‘Undercover High’ featuring Highland Park High School to premiere Jan. 9  Topeka Capital Journal

The docuseries shot on location at Highland Park High School from January to May of this year will begin airing at 9 p.m. CST Jan. 9, according to information on ...

'Undercover High' star arrested for statutory rape  WIBW

A former church employee who appeared on the A&E reality show filmed at Highland Park High School was arrested in Tennessee for rape.

A&E Network announces Highland Park High School docuseries  Topeka Capital Journal

The executive producer of a film project that has focused on Highland Park High School since January admits the approach to the yet-to-be-named "docuseries" ...

Highland Park High School class list, photos: Scots graduate 157 in 2017  Topeka Capital Journal

Number of 2017 graduates: 157Year school opened: 1916School mascot: The ScotsmanValedictorian: Harley MacLairdSalutatorian: Jose Campos SotoStudent ...

Former students to celebrate 50th high school class reunion  KSNT News

Class of 1968 Reunion organizer Dennis Phillips sat down with KSNT News ahead of the big celebration.

3 of 8 area high schools have backpack bans; One is decades old  WIBW

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) --- Highland Park High students began their school week with a protest of a new rule banning carrying backpacks in between classrooms.

'Undercover High,' A&E docuseries about Highland Park High School, to air Oct. 10  Topeka Capital Journal

The A&E Network docuseries premiere of “Undercover High,” featuring Highland Park High School students and other young adults who posed as high school ...

Highland Park High School unveils statue at Hall of Fame induction  WIBW

Highland Park and the Alumni Association unveiled the Highland Glen statues at the Hall of Fame ceremony.

To stop texting in class, Highland Park High pilots cellphone pouches  The Topeka Capital-Journal

After the tidal wave of local and national social media criticism that hit Highland Park High School when the first episode of A&E's "Undercover High" showed ...

Students at Highland Park High School spice up announcements  KSNT News

Students at Topeka's Highland Park High School are spicing up the daily announcements. Students formed a radio club and they're taking advantage of the ...

Four Highland Park High School students see hope for their futures  Topeka Capital Journal

By Angela Deinesangela.deines@cjonline.comLeaving their East Topeka neighborhoods to pursue their dreams after graduation is something four Highland ...

Police say no kidnapping, teens left together  KSNT News

Topeka Police say the report of a kidnapping from Highland Park High School was false, and the teens involved left school on their own.

This TV show sent undercover adults into a Kansas high school. Reactions are mixed  Wichita Eagle

Undercover High” embedded seven young adults into Topeka's Highland Park High School during the spring 2017 semester.

Family, friends mourn teenage homicide victim who would have been a senior at Highland Park  The Topeka Capital-Journal

The mother of Jesse Polinskey, the teenager who was killed Monday in a double homicide, believes he was defending his cousin when he died."I have no doubt ...

Documentary crew, actors playing students concern some at Highland Park High School  Topeka Capital Journal

David Soto, a Highland Park High School senior, says the film crews who have tracked him and his classmates through hallways and into classrooms since ...

Topeka activist, former principal calls for firing of Highland Park official  Topeka Capital Journal

The situation involving the Topeka High School football program, the eligibility of Jacqez Barksdale and Highland Park High School has taken another turn.

Beryl New to leave Highland Park for central administration  Topeka Capital Journal

Beryl New, principal of Highland Park High School, will leave that position in July for the Topeka Unified School District 501 central office, where she will work ...

At 22, she went undercover at a Kansas school. She says ‘sexting’ is much more common  Wichita Eagle

An undercover adult at Topeka's Highland Park High School found out that sexting has become much more common as part of the A&E's “Undercover High.”

Highland Park High School put on lock down  KSNT

A Topeka high school was put on lock down Monday morning because of a possible threat in the community.

Excitement, embarrassment follow Undercover High premiere  WIBW

The community and 501 administrators react to the first episode of A&E's Undercover High.

Shawnee Co. Republicans vetting candidates for Sheriff  WIBW

More names are being added to the ballot, only days away from the special election for the next Shawnee County Sheriff.

Car-school bus crash reported in west Topeka  The Topeka Capital-Journal

Crews responded to a report of a car-school bus accident Wednesday morning in west Topeka.The collision was reported at 11:25 a.m. near S.W. 19th Terrace ...

First episode of ‘Undercover High’ left former Highland Park principal with ‘sick’ feeling  Topeka Capital Journal

While screening the first episode of A&E Network's "Undercover High" about six weeks ago, Beryl New said she remembers feeling sick to her stomach, seeing ...

Shooting leads to search for suspect near Highland Park  WIBW

Members of the Topeka Police Dept. have set up a position near Highland Park High School Tuesday afternoon following a foot chase in which shots may have ...

New youth outreach program unlike any other  KSNT News

Four students will walk through the doors of Highland Park High School in August with a different goals.

Topeka principal hired for new position to create more diverse staff  WIBW

One Topeka High School principal will graduate to the District Office next year.

Highland Park Scots football: A program in crisis?  Topeka Capital Journal

The last football practice Highland Park conducted this fall was on its playing field.Well, its former playing field, but that's another topic that factors into the state of ...

Topeka USD 501 students taking advantage of dual-credit options  The Topeka Capital-Journal

The Topeka Unified School District 501 Board of Education heard an update Thursday on the status of career and technical education in the district, including ...

A&E's "Undercover High" inspires former Highland Park student to teach  WIBW

A former Highland Park High School graduate says the docu-series filmed at the school has inspired him to become a teacher.

Topeka Metro testing electric buses as replacement for diesel  WIBW

The Topeka Metro is working to get more environmentally friendly and save money on gas.

Manhattan High loses to Topeka High 61-55, but George proud of team's fight  Manhattan Mercury

Manhattan High had just dropped its fourth straight game with Monday's 61-55 loss to Topeka High, the No. 4 team in Class 6A. It's the second time this season ...

'Nonspecific threat' puts Highland Park High School in secure campus mode Monday - News  Topeka Capital Journal

Highland Park High School was in secure campus mode Monday because of a "nonspecific threat," and police were investigating, a district spokeswoman said.

Four Scots to be inducted into Highland Park Hall of Fame Saturday  Topeka Capital Journal

A theater and English teacher, entrepreneur, a decorated veteran and a retired railroad businessman will be inducted into the Highland Park High School Hall of ...

Pouches "lock up" cell phones at Highland Park  WIBW

Highland Park High School is testing a new way to curb cell phone distraction with lockable cell phone pouches.

Topeka USD 501 board approves raise for superintendent Tiffany Anderson  The Topeka Capital-Journal

The Topeka Unified School District 501 Board of Education approved a new employment agreement Tuesday night with superintendent Tiffany Anderson that ...

Date set to choose new Shawnee Co. Sheriff  WIBW

Shawnee Co. Republicans will meet April 13th to choose a replacement for former Sheriff Herman Jones.

Shawnee Co Republicans to elect new Sheriff today  WIBW

Shawnee County Republican precinct committee members will elect a new Sheriff today.

Someone You Should Know: Freddy Maisberger  KSNT News

Mr. Maisberger is a history teacher at Topeka's Highland Park high school, and for the last 25 years, he's never taken a sick a day.

Superintendent charges Topeka USD 501 teachers, staff to show unconditional love to students this year  The Topeka Capital-Journal

Topeka Unified School District 501 jump-started its new school year Wednesday with its annual Convocation Celebration, an event that feels like a huge pep ...

Highland Park reality show "Undercover High" premieres Tuesday  KSNT News

People at Highland Park got a sneak peak at the first episode Monday afternoon.

City defends presence of school zones along S.E. and S.W. 37th Street  The Topeka Capital-Journal

A spokeswoman for Topeka's city government this past week defended the city's practice of maintaining school speed zones on stretches of S.E. and S.W. 37th ...

Chief's KC Wolf coming to Topeka's Hummer Sports Park  KSNT News

Friday night lights will be a bit more exciting this Friday, September 21, at Hummer Sports Park, as Topeka Public Schools and Nill Bros Sports team up to bring ...

KBI officials seeking office of Shawnee County sheriff  The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Bureau of Investigation officials Tony Weingartner and Doug Younger are seeking appointment as Shawnee County sheriff to replace the outgoing ...

Two more candidates to seek office of Shawnee County sheriff  The Topeka Capital-Journal

Retired Topeka police Detective Brian Hill and retired Shawnee County District Court administrator Don Troth, a former two-term sheriff of Linn County, have ...

On this day in 1970, Topeka was marked by violence and fear  Topeka Capital Journal

Forty-five years ago this week, two Topeka high schools were divided by racial strife.On April 20, 1970, the Topeka Board of Education held a meeting "after a ...

USD 501 releases rap video featuring principals, staff to help get students geared up for state tests  The Topeka Capital-Journal

Principals and leadership teams with Topeka Unified School District 501 recently made a video in an attempt to get students excited about upcoming state ...

USD 501 looks to strengthen cellphone use policy  The Topeka Capital-Journal

The policies regarding electronic devices in the classroom by Topeka Unified School District 501 students are expected to get "tightened up" before the start of ...

#TopCity What? Rumor of Tom Hanks living in Topeka easy to cast away  The Topeka Capital-Journal

Rumors of celebrity sightings are common in Topeka.Several famous people have confirmed connections to the capital city. Other rumors have proven difficult to ...

A&E TV show sends adults undercover to Topeka high school - News  The Hutchinson News

TOPEKA — The country is about to get an intimate look at what it's like to be in high school these days through the eyes of seven young adults who went back to ...

Topeka police: 18-year-old female dead, four others wounded in shooting late Saturday  Topeka Capital Journal

Dozens of gunshots rang out in rapid succession just before midnight Saturday on an East Topeka street, and when the shooting stopped, five people were ...

Topeka USD 501 school board hears enrollment breakdown  The Topeka Capital-Journal

Aaron Kipp, general director for assessments and demographics for Topeka Unified School District 501, provided a breakdown of student enrollment numbers ...

‘Undercover High’ Review: Adults Pose as High Schoolers in a Doc Series That’s Not Nearly as Revolutionary as That Sounds  IndieWire

For years, the entertainment industry has been trying to figure out a novel way of explaining what high school life is “really like.” Sometimes it comes in the form ...

New school year, new rules: Districts address mobile phones, backpacks  The Topeka Capital-Journal

With school safety and academic achievement big issues for school districts, policies have been put into place to address concerns related to these two topics.

William White and Macy Smith earn scholar-athlete of the year scholarships  WIBW

WIBW-TV celebrated the accomplishments of 30 scholar-athletes on Tuesday, for their great work in their studies and in the classroom.

City enforces school zone limits on stretch of S.E. 37th  The Topeka Capital-Journal

Fred Michael wonders why the city of Topeka maintains a school zone for speed limit enforcement on S.E. 37th Street east of S. Kansas Avenue, though there ...

Washburn Rural star Carly Bachelor shows Division I abilities in rout of Highland Park  Topeka Capital Journal

Washburn Rural's Carly Bachelor made a big announcement on Monday. She then made another in a long line of big statements on Tuesday.Just one night ...

A&E's 'Undercover High' Follows Two Extraordinary Black Women Working To Better A Local Public School Sys

ESSENCE chats with an educator working to find creative ways to better understand her students as part of A&E's "Undercover High" docuseries.

Kansas high school tests cellphone pouches to limit usage in classroom  41 Action News Kansas City

A Kansas high school is piloting pouches that aim to reduce the distraction of cellphones after A&E's "Undercover High" showed students using their devices ...

City manager: Topeka entry doing well in online vote  The Topeka Capital-Journal

With a week to go, Topeka is in second place in the online voting competition to earn a spot among finalists for the $50000 Gen2Gen Encore Prize, city manager ...

Music, dance and volunteer opportunities mark MLK week of activities in Topeka  The Topeka Capital-Journal

For Topekan John Nave, January is a time for a *fresh* start and an opportunity to embrace the teachings of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday is ...

7 young adults went undercover as high-school students and found that life as a teenager today is nothing like they remember  Business Insider

Seven young adults went undercover as students at a Kansas high school for the A&E documentary series "Undercover High."

Statue of McKinley Burnett, key strategist in Brown v. Board case, dedicated  The Topeka Capital-Journal

Marquis Burnett said he was glad to see his father McKinley Burnett recognized with a statue in downtown Topeka that was dedicated Sunday afternoon.

Highland Park assistant principal arrested, accused of patronizing prostitute  Topeka Capital Journal

A Highland Park High School assistant principal who was arrested Friday in connection with patronizing a prostitute has been placed on administrative leave, ...

An adult who went undercover at a Kansas high school found today's teenage girls think it's 'normal' to post 'promiscuous' pictures online  Markets Insider

Female students on the documentary series "Undercover High" face pressure to send sexually explicit images of themselves.

Manhattan High boys snap 4-game losing streak with win over Highland Park  Manhattan Mercury

TOPEKA — The Manhattan High boys can breathe for a moment.

Chase Middle School eighth-grader sees his potential  Topeka Capital Journal

Jose Rangel said he just wanted to be honest.The eighth-grader said he originally wanted to attend the "Male Summit" at Highland Park High School on Friday ...

USD 501 families celebrate high school graduation  WIBW

After four years of hard-work, dedication, and perseverance, USD 501 seniors took center stage for their graduation.

Students begin Topeka Youth Project summer internships  The Topeka Capital-Journal

Since Perla Soto was a young child, she has loved creating things, whether painting or taking apart a clock to see how it worked.Now she has received an ...

Low pay, teacher shortages create recruiting challenges in Kansas  The Topeka Capital-Journal

With Kansas ranking 40th in the U.S. for teacher pay in 2017, Boshner Whitaker isn't getting into the teaching profession for the money. "I just like seeing people ...

Local neighborhood concerned for possible AT&T tower  KSNT News

A group of neighbors are on a mission. They are trying to spread the word about an AT&T cell tower that could be going up in their neighborhood.

Avondale West to officially become USD 501 alternative school  Topeka Capital Journal

The former Avondale West Elementary School, which closed its doors in May as a traditional school, will become Topeka Unified School District 501′s ...

Topeka double homicide suspects in court; Families honor victims right before  WIBW

Three men who are charged in the city's latest homicide will be in court again, in November. Meanwhile, the family laid the two victims to rest.

Strategic Leadership Academy graduates first class in Topeka  The Topeka Capital-Journal

Leadership is mobilizing others to do difficult work, a keynote speaker on Tuesday told the first graduating class of the Strategic Leadership Academy.

USD 501, City of Topeka and Cox partner to provide reduced rate internet access  Topeka Capital Journal

Finding reliable internet to get schoolwork done can often be difficult for many Highland Park High School students.“With the way teachers are teaching now, ...

Scholar Athlete of the Week: D'Andre Phillips  KSNT News

D'Andre Phillips from Highland Park High School is our Scholar Athlete of the Week, sponsored by Gage Dental Group and Budget Blinds.

Topeka 501 schools combine food, clothing bank  WIBW

Topeka 501 Schools are coming together to help students in need with the help of one Highland Park High School social worker.

Distinguished Kansan Washburn Rural High School: School earns national performing arts honor  The Topeka Capital-Journal

A high school winning a state award is considered an exceptional accomplishment. Winning a national award is a feat on a much higher level.This year ...

USD 501 honors retirees - News  Topeka Capital Journal

Topeka Public Schools honored employees retiring from the district with a banquet hosted by the board of education earlier this month. Among the retirees ...

Never again: Topeka schools participate in National Walkout Day  The Topeka Capital-Journal

Hundreds of students across Shawnee County observed the national school walkout Wednesday with moments of silence, chants of "more justice" and "no guns ...

Topeka religion roundup: New Mount Zion to hold prom boutique Saturday  The Topeka Capital-Journal

The community outreach ministry of New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, in partnership with Highland Park High School, will hold a prom boutique from 9 ...

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