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Tiger Points of Pride
District Pride
  • For three consecutive years (2014-16), Dripping Springs ISD was selected as a finalist for the H-E-B Excellence in Education District of the Year.
  • The DSISD School Board was one of five finalists statewide for the 2017 School Board of the Year in the H-E-B Excellence in Education program. This prestigious award recognizes school boards that demonstrate strong leadership in the community.
  • Dripping Springs students at all grade levels consistently perform well on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests. The number of Dripping Springs students passing the tests and scoring in the “Advanced Performance” range far exceeds their statewide peers in all subjects and grade levels. The passing rate for DSHS students exceeded 90 percent on all five end-of-course (EOC) exams.
  • In the 2016 Texas state accountability ratings, Dripping Springs ISD and all five of its schools “Met Standard” in the Texas state accountability system. Dripping Springs High School earned four distinctions, which are determined based on a comparison to like schools.
  • Elaine Cogburn, DSISD Assistant Superintendent for Business Services, was one of three statewide finalists for the Commitment to Excellence Award presented by the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO).
  • Superintendent Bruce Gearing was a finalist for the 2016 Superintendent of the Year award presented by the Texas Association of School Boards.
  • DSISD has earned three Gold Leadership Circle Awards from the Comptroller’s Office in recognition of financial transparency.
  • Dripping Springs ISD has received the highest rating on the Texas FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) report every year. FIRST measures the quality of school districts’ financial management and reporting.
  • In a 2016 report released by TXSmartSchools.org, Dripping Springs ISD received a strong score of 4.5 out of 5 possible stars based on academic progress and cost-effective practices.
  • All five DSISD schools have been assigned “grades” of A+ or A by the website niche.com.
  • The district’s bond rating is ‘AA’ according to Standard & Poor’s and Aa2 according to Moody’s.

High School Pride

ACADEMICS:

  • Dripping Springs has a graduation rate of 99 percent and approximately 92 percent of students pursue higher education.
  • Students in the Class of 2017 received more than $5.2 million in scholarship offers.
  • Students in the Class of 2017 logged more than 46,000 hours of community service.
  • U.S. News & World Report included DSHS in its 2017 national rankings of top high schools, awarding the designation of “Silver Medal” school.
  • In 2017 DSHS students scored well above state and national averages on both the ACT and SAT college entrance exams. Dripping Springs' average ACT score of 24.7 topped the state and national averages by 19.9 and 17.7 percent, respectively. On the SAT, DSHS students' average score (1671) bettered those of their peers in the state and nation by 15.5 and 9.3 percent, respectively.
  • A total of 120 high school students received recognition for exceptional achievement on Advanced Placement (AP) exams taken in the spring of 2016, including six who earned National AP Scholar Awards and 50 selected as AP Scholars with Distinction.
  • Five Dripping Springs students were honored as 2017 National Merit Finalists: Cameron Adkins, Abigail Brack, Michael Geary, Rachel Nix and Marnie O’Boyle.
  • A total of 10 students were recognized as Commended Scholars by the College Board.
  • Language Arts teacher Yvonne Kaatz was selected as a 2017 Outstanding Teacher of the Humanities, as presented by the organization Humanities Texas.

SCIENCE/WRITING:

  • Katelyn and Ben Marsan’s project won the Best of Fair at the 2017 Austin Energy Regional Science Festival and qualified for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
  • Senior Henri Brink received two Silver Key Awards in the national Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards Competition.
  • Freshman Ashley Rummel placed first, and won the Orion Award in the Youth Short Story category of the Texas Night Sky Festival’s writing contest; Julia Junker was second.
  • Three students qualified for the state UIL academic state competition.
  • Five students qualified for the HOSA state competition, which features events related to the healthcare profession. All placed in the top-10 percent, including fourth-place finish by Elaina Erickson and Avery Herron in Health Education.
  • The DSHS student newspaper was one of only eight schools in the nation to be honored as “First Place with Special Merit” in the 2016 American Scholastic Journalism Awards.
  • Thirteen DSHS students qualified for the state DECA competition.

ROBOTICS:

  • The BEST Robotics team qualified for the state competition, where DSHS placed 15th of 72 teams and won the prestigious State Farm Exhibit Design and Construction Award.
  • The FIRST Robotics team won the Rookie All-Star Award at the regional meet and qualified for the World Championship.
  • After placing second and winning “Best Rookie Team” at the Regional F1 in Schools Competition held at Circuit of the Americas, DSHS advanced to the 2017 F1iS U.S. Nationals and won two special awards.
  • A team entered the Jaguar Land Rover 4x4 Technology Challenge and placed second overall. DSHS was recognized as having the "Best Track Performance,” received the Innovative Thinking Award, and qualified for the world championship.
  • Dripping Springs High School has been designated as a “Fab Lab” location. Fab Labs are part of an international movement to make fabrication equipment and materials available to members of a broader community.

ATHLETICS:

  • After capturing district and area titles, the Tiger football team advanced further in state playoffs in 2016 (regional final) than any time in school history.
  • In 2017, Tiger swimmers qualified for the state championships in two relay and five individual events. Lady Tiger swimmers set four new school records at regionals. The best finish was seventh place by the girls’ 400-Meter Freestyle team.
  • DSHS had six state qualifiers in wrestling; Chase Warden placed third in the state, and Clayton Jetton was sixth. As a team, DSHS won districts and placed 14th at state.
  • The 2016-17 boys’ basketball team advanced to the regional final playoff game, marking the second-longest playoff run in school history.
  • Tennis player Jayci Goldsmith was 5A State Singles Champion. In team tennis, the Tigers advanced to the regional final and ended up with a state ranking of #6 in 2016.
  • Tiger varsity volleyball, and boys' and girls' swimming, softball and boys' track captured district titles in 2016-17.
  • The girls' cross country placed second at regionals and went on to a 14th-place finish at the state meet.
  • Two track athletes qualified for state competition; Sydney Cole was fifth in the 1,600 Meters and hurdler Hannah Biggs was eighth.
  • The Lady Tiger softball team had an outstanding playoff run and made it to the state tournament before losing in the semifinals. Kiele Miller (pitcher) and Camille Corona (2B) were named to the 5A All-State Team and Miller was the District MVP.
  • Softball Coach Wade Womack was the Texas 5A/6A Coach of the Year, tennis coach Cary Jackson was the CATA (Capital Area Tennis Association) High School Coach of the Year, and boys’ basketball coach Craig Swannack was the Central Texas Coach of the Year.
  • In 2017, several DSHS students earned medals in the Central Texas Special Olympics track meet, including Miguel Standridge, who earned two Gold Medals and David Pringle, who earned Gold and Bronze medals. David Pringle earned one Gold Medal, and Marisa Herrerra earned a Bronze.
  • During the 2015-16 school year, the Lady Tiger Volleyball team won the 5A state title, was ranked 11th in the nation, and three players were recognized as All-Americans. Morgyn Greer was the 2015-16 Gatorade Texas Volleyball Player of the Year.

MUSIC:

  • Six Dripping Springs High School students were named to Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) 5A All-State Band for 2016-17.
  • The DSHS Winterguard won the Bronze Medal at the TCGC State Championships. Director Derek Woods was honored with the Randy Julia Service Award by the TCGC.
  • In the 2017 UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest, the DSHS Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Concert Band received composite ratings of “Superior” from the judges. The DSHS band program was awarded a Sweepstakes trophy.
  • Seven DSHS choir students qualified for the 2017 state contest as either a soloist or ensemble performer.
  • All four DSHS choirs received first division rating in the UIL concert contest and the Treble Choir and Varsity Women earned Sweepstakes Awards.

PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS:

  • Four DSHS Theatre students were national qualifiers based on their performance at the Texas State Thespian Festival.
  • The 2017 DSHS musical production “My Fair Lady” earned six nominations in the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards.
  • The Dripping Springs High School 2017 One-Act Play qualified for Area competition, placing third. Milo Tucker was named Best Actor and two other students were named to the All-Star Cast.
  • DSHS Theater was selected to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland in August of 2017 as part of the American High School Theatre Festival.
  • Of the DSHS entries at the 2017 regional VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event) competition, 40 Dripping Springs students earned "all-region" recognition. Three entries were named "all-area," which qualified them for the state contest; one earned a state medal.
  • In the PTA Reflections Contest, sophomore James Bartling received a state-level Award of Excellence and qualified for the national contest.
  • The DSHS Hi-Steppers received the Academic Achievement Excellence Award and the Team Super Sweepstakes Award at the Hill Country Classic.

SPEECH/DEBATE:

  • Five debaters qualified for state competition; junior Dylan Farr qualified for the 5A Congressional Debate contest and two teams qualified in CX Policy Debate.
  • Dripping Springs took first and second place at District CX Debate Meet and won the District Debate Tournament.
  • At the 2017 Texas Association of Pupil Transportation (TAPT) State Speech Contest, Seeley Haas took top honors at the junior level, marking her third straight year to win the competition.

AG/OTHER:

  • The Dripping Springs High School FFA Land Entomology and Livestock Evaluation Teams qualified for state competition.
  • FFA President Grace Baxter won the AXA Achievement Award for the state of Texas, based largely on the “Center of the Plate” initiative she founded.
  • DSHS students participating in the Dating Violence Mock Trial won the 2017 “Young Hearts Matter Day of Action” Award, presented by Texas Council on Family Violence.


Middle School Pride
  • In spring of 2017, two students earned grand-national recognition and 13 seventh-graders earned state recognition in the Duke University Talent Identification Program. Eight others qualified for the Duke TIP Academy for Summer Studies. 
  • At the 2017 Austin Energy Regional Science Festival, two secondary projects placed first in their categories and three earned the right to advance to the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair. Eighth-grader Jadon Putnam placed second at the state science fair and four others qualified.
  • In 2017, three DSMS students earned medals in the Central Texas Special Olympics track meet, including Tony Touve who won a Gold Medal. Trinity Turner and Alyssa Howes each earned a Bronze Medal. 
  • Three Dripping Springs Middle school students have won a Silver Key Award in the annual Student Video Contest sponsored by the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission.
  • Seventh-grader Karsten Bobb placed first in the Central Texas Regional History Day Contest in the "Individual Paper" category.
  • Eighth-grader Drew Wilson received the Award of Excellence at the state level and qualified for the national contest in the PTA “Reflections” Contest. Wilson also received a state Award of Merit in a second category. A second student also received an Award of Merit, and one received honorable mention. 
  • The DSMS Choir earned Sweepstakes with Division 1, Superior ratings from all judges at the 2017 UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest.
  • All DSMS bands received the highest ratings in both the Concert and Sightreading portions of the UIL contest.
  • Dripping Springs students of all ages are leaders within their community and often participate in community service activities. Schools and student organizations have raised money, volunteered their time, and collected supplies to support those in need. The middle school has been active with multiple causes, often led by student leadership groups such as Student Council or National Junior Honor Society. 
  • An eighth-grader qualified for the 2016 National Geographic State Geography Bee.
  • An eighth-grade team from Dripping Springs Middle School won first place for its video at the 2016 Cities in Space STEAM Student Competition.

Elementary Pride
  • In the annual school rankings produced by the organization Children at Risk, Dripping Springs Elementary and Walnut Springs Elementary were given letter grades of "A", and Rooster Springs Elementary received an "A-" on a scale that goes from A to F.
  • Fourteen DSISD elementary students earned medals in the 2017 Math Pentathlon, including three golds. 
  • Artwork from four Walnut Springs Elementary students recently was entered in the TEAM (Texas Elementary Art Meet), and all pieces received high honors.
  • Three elementary students received honorable mention in the state Reflections Contest hosted by the Texas PTA. 
  • Dripping Springs students of all ages are leaders within their community and often participate in community service activities. Schools and student organizations have raised money, volunteered their time, and collected supplies to support those in need. Elementary schools have been active with multiple causes, often led by student leadership groups such as Student Councils or campus Lighthouse Teams. 
  • Walnut Springs Elementary Facilitator for Learning and Innovation Marisa Vickery was selected as the “High Impact Teacher of the Year” presented by Texas Computer Educators Association.
  • In the spring of 2016, a DSE fifth-grader was one of eight elementary students in the region who qualified for the National History Bee.


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