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Leighton Mark passed away on January 19, 2019 in Topeka.

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19-year-old planned Topeka West 'school shooting' due to bullying: detective  WIBW

A 19-year-old man chose Topeka West High School as a target to shoot up because he 'had been bullied there,' a Topeka police detective testified on Tuesday ...



Highland Park High School backs down on backpack policy  WIBW

Highland Park High School has relaxed its new backpack policy.



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 seniors end on a high note  WIBW

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



Highland Park High School students celebrated for rising graduation rates  WIBW

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Students at a local high school got a treat Friday for raising their graduation rates. Advisors Excel brought some food trucks to Highland ...



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 ...



One cool retirement party: Longtime Highland Park educator Teri Walton feels very lucky to be teacher  The Topeka Capital-Journal

An automotive air conditioner compressor isn't typically high on the list of suggested retirement gifts.However, that's exactly what the staff of Highland Park High ...



‘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, ...



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 comes out on top in competition  WIBW

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



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 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 ...



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 ...



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 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.



CapFed Best News: Highland Park graduate DAndre Phillips continues on principal path  The Topeka Capital-Journal

D'Andre Phillips will reach a life goal next week before returning for his junior year at Pittsburg State University.He will turn 21. For many young people, this is a ...



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 our ...



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 ...



Highland Park inducts six into the hall of fame  WIBW

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Highland Park High School added some new names to the Hall of Fame and Sports Wall of Honor Saturday. Six former Scots were ...



'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.



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 ...



Highland Park High School on secure campus after threat  WIBW

Highland Park High School has stepped up security Monday morning following an unspecified threat.



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 ...



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.



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.



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

Nicolette, 22, was one of seven young adults who went undercover at a Kansas High School as part of a new A&E TV series, “Undercover High.” Nicolette — a ...



Kansas State Board of Education creates anti-vaping campaign  WIBW

The Kansas State Board of Education wants to do something about underage vaping -- members this week unanimously voted to create an anti-vaping ...



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 ...



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.



Excitement, embarrassment follow Undercover High premiere  WIBW

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The halls of Highland Park were broadcast nationwide Tuesday night in the first episode of Undercover High on A&E. While some say it ...



Shawnee Co. Republicans vetting candidates for Sheriff  WIBW

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- With only a few days to go before the special election for the next Shawnee Co. Sheriff, names are still being added to the ballot.



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.



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 ...



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.



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.



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 ...



Topeka USD 501 board hears progress with English Language Learners  The Topeka Capital-Journal

A presentation at the Topeka Unified School District 501 Board of Education meeting on Thursday discussed the district's progress in educating English ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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.



Docuseries 'Undercover High' sheds light on modern struggles for US teens  ABC News

Young adults describe life as an American teen after roles on 'Undercover High'



Topeka Metro testing electric buses as replacement for diesel  WIBW

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Topeka Metro is working to get more environmentally friendly and save money on gas. Tuesday, the Metro tried out a new electric ...



Topeka school districts provide free summer meals - News  The Topeka Capital-Journal

With school out for the summer, there are a number of Topeka children who will miss the the daily school breakfasts and lunches they need.This is why the ...



History Guy: Longtime Topekan parachuted into France 75 years ago on D-Day  The Topeka Capital-Journal

As he prepared to take part 75 years ago in the Allied D-Day invasion of occupied France, Army paratrooper Sherman Oyler Jr. found himself face to face with ...



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.



Highland Park docuseries participant: ‘I was essentially playing a younger version of myself’ in ‘Undercover High’  Topeka Capital Journal

Shane Feldman said his youthful appearance and work with teenagers gave him the ability to pose as a high school student in the A&E Network docuseries, ...



Saints give Wilhoite opportunity to take next step in NFL career  The Topeka Capital-Journal

Former Highland Park and Washburn football standout Michael Wilhoite knows only a select group of people get the chance to begin their coaching careers in ...



‘Undercover High’: A&E Docuseries Gets Premiere Date, First-Look Teaser  Deadline

A&E's docuseries Undercover High, which investigates the inner workings of life in public high school, has set a release date.



CapFed Best News: Summer youth program teaching business, money-management skills  The Topeka Capital-Journal

Nearly three dozen Topeka youths are giving up part of their summer vacation to learn skills that could help them well into the future.The Teen Summer Career ...



‘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 ...



Topeka Foundry employee celebrates 40 years with company  The Topeka Capital-Journal

Topeka Foundry & Ironworks Co. employee Danny Downs loves a challenge. He also loves to work with metal.When he took a job 40 years ago at Topeka ...



Shawnee Co Republicans to elect new Sheriff today  WIBW

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Shawnee County Republican precinct committee members will elect a new Sheriff today. In a special convention at Highland Park High ...



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

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



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 ...



Sharefest volunteers to spruce up locations across Topeka  The Topeka Capital-Journal

More than 1400 volunteers from Topeka-area churches, businesses and organizations are expected to fan out across the capital city on Saturday, volunteering ...



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, ...



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 ...



CapFed Best News: Small church continues reaching out to needy in Topeka  The Topeka Capital-Journal

From their small church in East Topeka, pastor Teddy Van Vale and the congregation of Christian Lord Ministries continue to serve people in need in the capital ...



‘The Breakfast Club’ characters as Kansas cities? Wichita comedian explains viral meme  Wichita Eagle

Kansas cities are represented as high school characters from “The Breakfast Club” in a viral meme that's being shared on Facebook, social media. Wichita ...



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 ...



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 ...



Cush to retire at Highland Park  Topeka Capital Journal

Three principals of Topeka Unified School District 501 schools, including Dale Cushinberry at Highland Park High School, announced their intentions to retire at ...



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 ...



Brown v. Board of Education: KTWU documentary features alumni of Topekas segregated schools  The Topeka Capital-Journal

More than a dozen participants in a new KTWU documentary offer insight on attending Topeka's segregated elementary schools."I Just Want to Testify" will debut ...



History Guy: Service station owner also sponsored amateur basketball teams  The Topeka Capital-Journal

Joe Douglas had known Edwin Hughes for 61 years and was "proud of every minute of it," he said at a gathering held to honor Hughes in 2008 in Topeka."I don't ...



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 ...



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 ...



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."



Area students participate in WU Leadership Academy  The Topeka Capital-Journal

Twenty-four high school students from eight Shawnee County schools participated this week in the third annual High School Leadership Academy (HSLA) at ...



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

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



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 ...



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 ...



#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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



No crime in reported kidnapping of 16-year-old, Topeka police say  WIBW

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — The 16-year-old who was the subject of a reported kidnapping Tuesday afternoon left voluntarily with the teen who was accused of ...



Topeka 501 schools combine food, clothing bank  WIBW

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Topeka 501 Schools are coming together to help students in need with the help of one Highland Park High School social worker, Fred ...



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, ...



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 ...



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 ...



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.



Kyle Weems works toward NBA dreams  Topeka Capital Journal

It's 6:18 in the morning when Kyle Weems wakes up and heads to the gym, or "the lab" as he calls it.He's had this routine for so long it isn't even a habit anymore.



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. One of them wants to join the high school band, one is ...



Scholar-Athlete of the Week: Highland Park's Areionn Smith  WIBW

This week's scholar-athlete of the week is Highland Park High School's Areionn Smith!



Highland Park Scot makes leap from retail career to full-time firefighter  Topeka Capital Journal

Wanting to make his community a better place, Jason Osborn decided he needed to become a firefighter with the Topeka Fire Department.The 2002 graduate of ...



Topeka students: Teen voices need to be heard regarding school shootings  Topeka Capital Journal

Anger, frustration, rage and sadness are just a few of the emotions that some Topeka high school students want adults to know they feel about the deadly ...



Dean Paul Hoffsommer  Osage County Herald-Chronicle

Jan. 29, 1935 – July 12, 2019 OVERBROOK — Dean Paul Hoffsommer, went to be with his family and friends in heaven on July 12, 2019, one day after his 65th ...



Topeka police ID homicide victim shot Wednesday in southeast Topeka  The Garden City Telegram

A 34-year-old man was found shot to death Wednesday morning in the gravel alley of a Highland Park neighborhood in East Topeka, and police were ...



Stellar scholars shine as part of The Topeka Capital-Journals 2016 All-State Academic Team  Topeka Capital Journal

While they may be ranked first in their respective 2016 graduating classes with 4.0 grade point averages and stellar ACT scores, the Shawnee County students ...



Ex-teacher charged with patronizing prostitute faces trial  Topeka Capital Journal

The case of Jeff L. Moss, a former high school assistant principal charged with patronizing a prostitute, will return to court Dec. 5 when a judge likely will ...



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 ...



Report of armed person nearby sends Highland Park HS on brief lockdown  WIBW

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Authorities say a report of a man with a gun nearby prompted a lock down at Highland Park School early afternoon Tuesday. A viewer ...



Salute the Badge: Lt. Heaven has a plan "to pay it forward"  WIBW

Lt. Chris Heaven has spent nearly three decades keeping our streets safe. Now, he is focusing on a new initiative, to build relationships between police officers ...



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.



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.



Topeka USD 501 board votes on residency policy for superintendent  Topeka Capital Journal

The issue of whether a superintedent of the Topeka Unified School District 501 should reside within the district's boundaries has been decided, at least for now.



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