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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 backs down on backpack ban  KSNT News

TOPEKA, Kan.(KSNT) - Highland Park High School officials are modifying the backpack ban issued for the school at the beginning of the school year.



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 ...



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 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 High School seniors end on a high note  WIBW

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



2 people escape with minor injuries after rollover crash in front of Highland Park High School  KSNT News

Two people inside the vehicle were reported to have minor injuries.



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 ...



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 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 ...



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 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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



‘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, ...



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" ...



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.



'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.



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 ...



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 ...



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.



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 network reveals plot of new show at Highland Park High School  WIBW

A&E network is set to premiere the new show 'Undercover High,' a docuseries that follows seven adults, aged 21 to 26, who embed themselves for a semester in ...



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 put on lock down  KSNT

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



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 ...



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 ...



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 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 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.



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.



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 ...



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.



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 ...



USD 501: No imminent danger after threats against two Topeka schools  Topeka Capital Journal

Police and school officials found no imminent danger existed after social media threats against two Topeka public schools came to light early Monday.Topeka ...



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 ...



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 reality show "Undercover High" premieres Tuesday  KSNT News

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



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 ...



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.



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 ...



Special dog helping students at Topeka High School  KSNT News

Oscar is no class pet. He's a specially trained therapy dog.



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 ...



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 ...



When will Highland Park TV series appear? A&E isn’t saying  Topeka Capital Journal

Most of the shooting of video footage for an A&E Network production about life in an American high school was completed in May. When the docuseries that ...



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 ...



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.



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, ...



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.



Veterans Day events across Kansas  WIBW

Soldiers and units of the Kansas National Guard will be supporting a number of Veterans Day events across the state.



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 ...



Premiere of A&E docuseries ‘Undercover High’ about Highland Park postponed indefinitely  Topeka Capital Journal

The premiere of the A&E docuseries "Undercover High" has been indefinitely postponed, a spokeswoman for Topeka Unified School District 501 said ...



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."



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.



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 ...



‘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 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 ...



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, ...



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.



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.



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 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.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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.



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.



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.



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 ...



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.



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 ...



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.



USD 501 honors retirees  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 ...



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 ...



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!



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.



New basketball coach hired at Lansing  Leavenworth Times

A coach with a “very good basketball pedigree” has been hired to lead the boys' basketball program at Lansing High School. Jason Jones was announced as ...



Is Brown v. Boards legacy in Topeka fracturing?  The Topeka Capital-Journal

At Highland Park High School, racial minorities make up 80 percent of the 2017-2018 student body. Less than 10 miles north, Seaman High School's student ...



Kansas school safety promoted through safety hotline, phone app  The Topeka Capital-Journal

In the aftermath of the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting that left 17 students, teachers and coaches dead, Kansas and local law enforcement agencies are ...



Woman wounded in shooting outside Topeka Dollar General store  WIBW

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Topeka Police are investigating a shooting outside the Dollar General store at SE 25 and California. The incident was reported around ...



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, ...



Louis “Carl” Braden  Osage County Herald-Chronicle

May 13, 1951 – Jan. 17, 2019 CARBONDALE — Louis “Carl” Braden, Carbondale, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. He was 67. He was born May 13, 1951, ...



Topeka area students recognized for scholarships at Fort Hays State program  FHSU News

Students from the Topeka region were recognized at a recent Student Recognition Program in Topeka for the scholarships they have been awarded by Fort ...



Topeka coalition helps kids find meal sites  The Topeka Capital-Journal

When children were taking advantage of the Topeka Metro's "Kids Ride for Free" bus riding program last summer, they were asking drivers where they could get ...



Louisburg USD 416 welcomes new staff  Miami County Republic

LOUISBURG — Students entering Louisburg Middle School and Louisburg High School as sixth- and ninth-graders this year are back in school today for a ...



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 ...



Brown at 60: The legacy of school desegregation | News, Sports, Jobs  Lawrence Journal World

Topeka ? Carolyn Campbell was just finishing sixth grade on May 17, 1954, at McKinley Elementary School in Topeka, one of four all-black schools in the city at ...



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 ...



Events slated for Living the Dream’s MLK Week in Topeka  Topeka Capital Journal

Special events leading up to Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 16, are planned for this coming week in Topeka.Activities include a Unity in the ...



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 ...



Kansas National Guard supports Veterans Day events  Salina Post

Soldiers and units of the Kansas National Guard will be supporting a number of Veterans Day events across the state. Events scheduled for Thursday. Cherokee ...



2 Topeka school buses crash in one day  WIBW

TOPEKA (WIBW)- At least three wrecks - including one involving a school bus and another one involving a Topeka Police Dept. cruiser - disrupted morning ...



Junior ROTC teams compete at Highland Park  Topeka Capital Journal

Standing near the front of a line of about 12 students, Josh Keever, a 17-year-old senior from Ruskin High School in Kansas City, Mo., reminded fellow members ...



Changing Of The Guard | Scots' Coach Ken Darting Meets Successor  WIBW

The new head hoopster at Highland Park High School dropped by his new stomping grounds on Thursday.



Kevin Haskin: Another Babb playing hoops at Iowa State represents another Topeka connection  Topeka Capital Journal

Another native Topekan could play a prominent role in the Big 12 this basketball season.Wait. What?OK, Nick Weiler-Babb, a junior guard for Iowa State, does ...



High schoolers perform on university stage | Arts And Entertainment  Washburn Review

High school vocal groups take the stage in White Concert Hall to show off their talents one after the other.



Spotted galleries added: Familiar characters on Shawnee County high school stages  Topeka Capital Journal

There were some new and familiar characters on Shawnee County high school stages during fall semester theater productions, and more are on the way before ...



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