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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 is 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 High School was ranked seventh among Central Texas high schools and was the top 4A school on the list by the organization Children at Risk in 2016. All five DSISD schools received “A” letter grades.
  • 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
  • Dripping Springs has a graduation rate of 99 percent and approximately 93 percent of students pursue higher education.                                                .
  • Students in the Class of 2015  received more than $5.2 million in scholarship offers.
  • Students in the Class of 2016 logged nearly 40,000 hours of community service.
  • Dripping Springs High School was ranked among the 100 top high schools in the nation by The Daily Beast in its poll released in August of 2014.  DSHS was ranked 83rd in the country and eighth in the state of Texas.
  • U.S. News & World Report included DSHS in its 2016 national rankings of top high schools, awarding the designation of “Silver Medal” school.
  • Dripping Springs High School was featured on the Newsweek list honoring "America's Top High Schools," published in August 2015. DSHS ranked 480th in the nation, 30th in the state of Texas, and 19th among the state's open-enrollment comprehensive high schools (regardless of size).
  • In 2015 DSHS students scored well above state and national averages on both the ACT and SAT college entrance exams. Dripping Springs' average ACT score of 24.6 topped the state and national average by 17 percent. On the SAT, DSHS students' average score (1629) bettered those of their peers in the state and nation by 15 and 9 percent, respectively.
  • Two Dripping Springs students -Aidan Edwards and Evan Gabrielsen- have been honored as National Merit Finalists in the 2016 National Merit Competition. A total of 21 students were recognized as Commended Scholars by the College Board, which is more than double the number of honorees a year ago.
  • Rachel Nix and Michael Martinets qualified for the state academic UIL competition.
  • For the first time ever, a team of DSHS students was entered in the DECA competition against 750 other regional competitors. Of the 10 members who represented DSHS, five qualified for the state competition in February.
  • At the HOSA state competition, which features events related to the healthcare profession, senior Insiya Aziz qualified for international competition in the Health Care issues based on a finish among the top-10 percent of competitors. She was also fourth in Extemporaneous Writing; Sydney Haley was 10th in Pathophysiology.
  • DSHS debater Ryan Love won the 5A State Championship in Congressional Debate for the 2016 5A UIL State Student Congress competition. In 2015, Love became the first-ever DSHS student to qualify for the National Tournament of Champions, where he placed 12th in the nation.
  • Insiya Aziz was one of two qualifiers for the UIL State Tournament, and she was the 2016 Bronze medalist in Persuasive Speaking. She also qualified to compete at the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions in Original Oratory, a first for DSHS.
  • At the 2016 Texas Association of Pupil Transportation (TAPT) State Speech Contest, Seeley Haas took top honors at the sophomore level.    
  • Dripping Springs ISD students swept the top three places in the regional contest in the annual Veterans Day Essay Contest among 10,000 entries in the international contest.
  • DSHS student Emma Berthlesen placed 27th in the 2015 Gulen Institute Youth Platform, a highly competitive essay contest with more than 1,000 essays from 65 countries and 35 states.
  • The 2015 Lady Tiger Volleyball team won 5A state title. During the season prepvolleyball.com ranked DSHS 11th in the nation and three players were recognized as All-American - Morgyn Greer, Autumn Rounsaville and Ashley Waggle. Greer was the 2015-16 Gatorade Texas Volleyball Player of the Year.
  • In 2016, DSHS had two state qualifiers and one state champion in wrestling. Luke Hodsden won won the state title at 182 pounds for the second consecutive year.
  • In swimming, DSHS athletes qualified in three events. Micah Slaton was state champion in 100 Butterfly and won a Silver Medal in 100 Backstroke. Slaton also has qualified in two events for the Olympic Trials.  
  • Tiger varsity volleyball, girls' cross country, and boys' and girls' swimming, softball and boys' track captured district titles in 2015-16. 
  • DSHS girls' cross country won the regional title and placed fourth as a team at state.
  • The boys' track team won an area title and three track athletes qualified for state competition; discus thrower Jacob Graner placed fifth and hurdler Hannah Biggs was seventh.
  • The Lady Tiger softball team went on to win the area title and advanced to regional semifinals.
  • One student qualified for the state Powerlifting Tournament.
  • A total of 16 seniors signed national letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.
  • In the UIL 5A State Marching Band Contest, The Tiger band Dripping Springs advanced to the 10-band finals competition and placed sixth, just one point out of fifth place.
  • The DSHS Winterguard won the 2016 state title and Gold Medal at the TCGC State Championships.
  • The DSHS musical production in springs of 2016 earned eight nominations in the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards.  In 2015, DSHS won two awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Direction. 
  • Five Dripping Springs High School students were named to Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) 5A All-State Band for 2015-16.
  • In the 2016 YMCA Youth in Government state competition, one team of students placed second in the Judicial District Court division and qualified for national competition. Another team was third in the County Court division. Five students earned individual honors.
  • Of the DSHS entries at the 2016 regional VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event) competition, 20 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.
  • The DSHS Hi-Steppers earned multiple honors at the HTE Nationals, including the prestigious "Esprit de Corps" Award. The Hi-Steppers won top honors for both the Team Lyrical and Team Modern events, and was first runner-up in Off Lyrical. The team earned the Super Sweepstakes Award, which means all judges gave scores of 95 or higher on all routines.
  • Dripping Springs High School Business Entrepreneurship Teacher and Cornerstone Coordinator Cindy Reynolds was presented with the Teaching Excellence in Financial Literacy Award by the Independent Bankers Association of Texas.
  • Fourteen Dripping Springs High School band students were selected as "Outstanding Performers" at the 2015 UIL State Wind Ensemble Contest.
  • The 2015 high school One-Act Play advanced to the regional finals, placing third. Milo Tucker was named Best Actor and two other students were named to the All-Star Cast.
  • The Dripping Springs High School Drumline was the silver medalist in 2015 at the Texas Color Guard Circuit (TCGC) Championships.
  • At the UIL Concert and Sightseeing competition all four DSHS choirs received First Division ratings in the concert portion of the event and two of the choirs - Treble Choir and Varsity Women- also received First Division ratings in the sightseeing half of the contest to earn Sweepstakes for both groups.
  • Members of various DSHS choirs joined together to participate in the 2016 Gulf Coast Showcase of Music in Brownsville and the group received Best in Class as well as "Overall Outstanding Choir." 
  •  In the 2016 UIL Concert and Sightseeing Contest, the DSHS Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Concert Band received the highest possible ratings of "Superior" from every judge. The DSHS band program was awarded a Sweepstakes trophy.    
  • For the second consecutive year, the Dripping Springs High School FFA Land and Homesite Evaluation Teams qualified for state competition. In fact, all four CDE (Career development Event) teams from DSHS qualified for state.

Middle School Pride
  • Eighth-grader Alex Yount qualified for the 2016 National Geographic State Geography Bee.
  • An eighth-grade Science team from Dripping Springs Middle School won first place for its video at the Cities in Space STEAM Student Competition.
  • In spring of 2016, nine 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. Siblings Katelynne and Ben Marsan’s project was named “Best of Fair” and qualified for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
  • The DSMS Choir earned Sweepstakes with Division 1, Superior ratings from all judges at the 2016 UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest.
  • All three DSMS bands earned ratings of “Excellent” or “Superior” at the 2016 UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest.
  • In the PTA Reflections Contest, eighth-grader Drew Wilson (Visual Arts) received state-level Awards of Excellence and qualified for the national contest.
  • Dripping Springs Middle School was the runner-up for the National Association of Middle School Principals (NAMSP) School of the Year Award in both 2014 and 2015.
  • 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 and the middle school have been active with multiple causes, often led by student leadership groups such as Student Councils or campus Lighthouse Teams. Student leadership groups often adopt community causes to support.
  • At the middle school level, five girls’ teams and four boys’ teams captured district titles.

Elementary Pride
  • In the annual school rankings produced by the organization Children at Risk, Dripping Springs Elementary was given a letter grade of "A", while Walnut Springs Elementary and Rooster Springs Elementary received grades of "A-" on a scale that goes from A to F.
  • Six DSISD elementary students earned medals in the 2016 Math Pentathlon, including one gold.
  •  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.
  • 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 and the middle school have been active with multiple causes, often led by student leadership groups such as Student Councils or campus Lighthouse Teams. Student leadership groups often adopt community causes to support.
  • Walnut Springs Elementary Facilitator for Learning and Innovation Marisa Vickery has been selected as the “High Impact Teacher of the Year” presented by TCEA.



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