Honors and Awards - High School

  • High School Pride

    • In the 2018-19 Lone Star Cup standings, Dripping Springs High School finished in second place in Conference 5A with 92 points. The second place finish was the highest for DSHS since the inaugural year of the Lone Star Cup in 1997-98 when DSHS tied for first in 3A. The 2019-20 year was cut short during the winter sports season; DSHS was tied for 10th at that time.
    • Dripping Springs had a graduation rate of 100 percent in 2019; approximately 93 percent of students pursue higher education.
    • Students in the Class of 2019 logged 46,127 hours of community service.
    • Students in the Class of 2019 received more than $5 million in scholarship offers.


    • Johnny Dollard, Cameron Duran, Christopher Gearing and Jessica Heintz were 2020 National Merit finalists.
    • Fifteen students were recognized as Commended Scholars in the 2019-20 National Merit program.
    • U.S. News & World Report included DSHS in its 2020 national rankings of top high schools, awarding the designation of “Silver Medal” school.
    • DSHS placed third in the 2019 UIL academic regional competition after winning the district title. Students qualified for the state UIL academic state competition in one team event and three individual events. The top state finisher was Varun Verma, who was ninth in Computer Applications. Gabrielle Avena is the 5A Region Champion in Ready Writing.
    • In 2019 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 20.5 and 18.8 percent, respectively. On the SAT, DSHS students' average score (1214) bettered those of their peers in the state and nation by 18.8 and 14.6 percent, respectively.
    • A total of 147 high school students received recognition for exceptional achievement on Advanced Placement (AP) exams taken in the spring of 2019, eleven students were National AP Scholars, 46 were selected as AP Scholars with Distinction, and 26 were named AP Scholars with Honor.
    • Four Dripping Springs High School students were selected as National Hispanic Scholars in the National Hispanic Recognition Program in 2018-19.


    • A total of 19 Health Science seniors passed certification exams for personal trainer, pharmacy technician, and medical assistant. This is the highest number of certifications earned since DSHS began offering this opportunity.
    • Eight Dripping Springs HS engineering students in the Robotics I class earned “Shopbot Level 1” CNC certification.
    • Five engineering students were invited to attend the international 3DEXPERIENCE® World 2020 Conference to display their skills as designers, engineers, entrepreneurs and business leaders working with innovative technology powering “an Industry Renaissance."
    • At the 2020 Austin Energy Regional Science Festival, Junior Drew Wilson's project won second place and three special awards, and qualified for the state science fair. A group project also placed fourth.
    • The DSHS team "Bomb Brains" won the 2020 Regional Engineering Challenge division advancing to the Destination Imagination State Championships.
    • Two teams of engineering students from Dripping Springs High School placed one-two at the 2019 Land Rover 4x4 National Championships, qualifying for the World Championships in Coventry, England. At the international event, the "Paw x Paw" team won the prestigious ACES Challenge Award.
    • The FIRST Robotics team won the Engineering Inspiration Award at regionals in both 2018 and 2019 at the state meet; DSHS qualified for the FIRST Robotics World Championships in 2018.
    • The Dripping Springs High School Astronomy and Aerospace Science Club won first place in the 2018 Cities in Space competition sponsored by SteamSpace Education.
    • Dripping Springs competed at the 2018 Texas Super Regional of F1 in Schools at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) and won two awards: “Fastest Car” and “Research and Development,” finishing second overall qualifying for the National Finals.


    • Dripping Springs HS was ranked sixth of 62 Central Texas schools of all sizes (and #3 in 5A) in the Austin American- Statesman's annual Breazeale Cup for 2019-20. This year's standings represent finishes in fall and winter sports; spring sports were suspended due the pandemic.
    • A total of 28 senior student-athletes in the Class of 2020 signed national letters of intent to continue their playing careers at the collegiate level.
    • Eleven Tiger wrestlers compete at the 2020 state meet, including the first-ever female wrestler from DSHS to qualify (Cat Miller). Chase Warden won his second consecutive state wrestling title. 
    • In 2020, three Tiger swimmers placed among the top 10 in the UIL State Swimming Championships: Danny Henry, Savannah Karas, and Julia Carter.  
    • The Tiger football team captured the 2019 district championship, finishing with a perfect 7-0 record in district play. 
    • Both the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams finished in the top 10 at the 5A state championships, as the girls placed seventh and the boys' team came in 10th. 
    • The DSHS volleyball team won the 2020 district title for the seventh straight year advancing to the state semifinals. Avery Kalsu was the District's Most Valuable Player, and Sarah Nading the District Setter of the Year; both were named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State First Team.
    • The Texas High School Coaches Association named 30 senior Tigers participating in spring sports to Academic All-State Teams.
    • In 2020, both the boys' and girls' soccer secured district titles and qualified for the playoffs, before the season was suspended. The girls' team had a 21-1 record and had only gave up fouro goals. Boys' coach Josh Hill was honored as the District 25-5A Coach of the Year.
    • Lady Tigers' soccer defensive centerback Emma Jones, who helped lead  was named Central Texas Player of the Year by Austin American-Statesman.
    • Avery Kalsu was named to the Austin American-Statesman's All-Centex First Team as well as Volleyball Player of the Year for 2019-20.
    • Eight girls and three boys from DSHS basketball teams were named to all-district team. The girls' basketball team finished the 2019-20 season as district champions. The boys' team advanced to area playoffs, ending the season with a 28-8 record. Xavier Phillips was Defensive Player of the Year.
    • Both the DSHS girls' and boys' cross country teams qualified for the 2019 state championship. The girls' squad finished in second place, while the boys' team was third. 
    • Ten athletes represented DSISD in the 2020 Special Olympics Winter Bowling Games, six singles and two unified doubles teams. In 2019, DSISD students won gold medals in five events at the Special Olympics Central Texas Track and Field Competition. 
    • DSHS had five qualifiers competing at the State Powerlifting Championships in 2019 (three male, two female). Juan Rios won the state title in his weight class. As a team, the boys finished in third place overall.
    • The 2019 DSHS boys' lacrosse team advanced to the state tournament, finishing as one of the top 12 teams in the state.
    • Seven track athletes qualified for 2019 state competition; Avery Kalsu finished fourth, Bobby Holt finished in sixth place, Marleena Mickel finished in eighth place, and the DSHS boys' 4x400 meter relay team finished ninth.
    • The 2019 girls' softball team won a district championship and advanced to the regional semifinals. Camille Corona was named the 5A-6A Softball Athlete of the Year by the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA).
    • Both the boys' and girls' golf teams won district championships in 2019. The boys' team qualified for the state tournament by finishing second at the regional tournament, then went on to finish 10th at state. The girls' team finished fourth at the regional tournament.


    • Dripping Springs High School senior Johnny Dollard (trumpet) and junior Drew Wilson (alto sax) were selected to the 2020 Texas All-State Band. It was Dollard's fourth straight year to be honored.
    • Choir students from Dripping Springs High School participated in the 2019-20 UIL Concert and Sightreading State Contest. Of the four DSHS choirs that participated (Varsity Treble, Mixed, Tenor-Bass, Non-Varsity Treble), three received "Sweepstakes" recognition and all four earned Superior ratings.
    • Of the 49 DSHS choir students who participated in the UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest, 26 received Superior ratings, and 15 qualified for the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Competition.
    • Three orchestra and 15 band students from Dripping Springs HS qualified for the 2020 UIL State Solo and Ensemble Festival based on their regional performances.
    • The Dripping Springs High School Tiger Marching Band advanced to the 2019 UIL State Competition after finishing in second place at the Area event.  The DSHS Tiger Band has qualified for six out of the last seven state competitions.
    • The Varsity Winterguard captured the 2019 Texas Color Guard Circuit (TCGC) Scholastic Open Class Gold Medal, then went on to win the Scholastic Open Class Bronze Medal at the Winter Guard International Championships in a class of 50 top teams from around the nation.
    • The Dripping Springs High School winter percussion team earned a Silver Medal at the 2019 Texas Color Guard Circuit (TCGC) Percussion/Winds State Championships.


    • Eight of the 36 medalled entries in the area/regional VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event) competition were named All-Area and qualified for the state competition.
    • Of the 12 nominations received by the 2020 musical production “Anything Goes,” DSHS received three Heller Awards for Young Artists (previously, Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards). 
    • All six DSHS students, two individual and one group, who qualified for the state UIL Theatrical Design Competition placed in the top six among more than 700 entries submitted in various categories. This was the first year that DSHS entered the UIL technical theatre competition.
    • The Dripping Springs High School production of "Unexpected Tenderness" won top honors at the 5A District 25 UIL One-Act Play Contest. DSHS students received a first-place ranking from all three adjudicators amongst seven other area schools. Several students also received special awards.
    • At the Texas State Thespian Festival, seven students' scores qualified to compete at the International Thespian Festival in June 2019.
    • DSHS junior Melissa Richardson was the winner of a statewide logo design contest by the State Board of Education; her design will be used on future materials representing the Permanent School Fund.
    • The Dripping Springs High School Hi-Steppers competed at the Texas State Dance and Drill Team Championship sponsored by Show Makers of America. Competing against various drill teams from around central/south Texas, the Hi-Steppers won several team and officer awards.
    • The annual PTA "Reflections" program was recently evaluated based on artistic merit, creativity, mastery of the medium, and interpretation of the theme. Many students received district-level honors and the work of 15 students was selected for the 2020 Texas PTA “Reflections” State Contest.


    • Dripping Springs High School senior John Mihaly and junior Jackson Kaiser were selected as Academic All-Americans by the National Speech and Debate Association. This award recognizes high school students who have earned the degree of Superior Distinction in debate; completed at least five semesters of high school; demonstrated outstanding character and leadership; and earned a GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent). 
    • Fifteen DSHS speech and debate students qualified for the Texas Forensics Association (TFA) state tournament, including four students who advanced to the elimination rounds.
    • Dripping Springs High School senior Campbell Melton placed seventh at the 2020 5A UIL State Congress contest after earning the regional championship. In 2019, she also placed eighth in the State Congress event and fourth in Persuasive Extemporaneous Speaking.
    • All 15 Dripping Springs High School students who participated in 2020 Youth in Government activities qualified for state competition. DSHS earned the designation of Premier School for having qualified thta many and for the professionalism they demonstrated.
    • The National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) awarded Dripping Springs High School's Paw Print student newspaper a “Best in Show” designation among all entrants in the “Newspaper–Broadsheet” category. The Paw Print was chosen first amongst all entries in the nation. 
    • The Dripping Springs High School 2019 Tiger Cry yearbook recently received another honor to its recognition list. The American Scholastic Press Association has awarded the Tiger Cry a "First Place" designation.
    • Dripping Springs High School juniors Gabrielle Avena (first place) and Ella Johnson (second place) won top honors in the high school category of the 2020 Letters About Literature Texas competition presented by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
    • In 2019 5A Max Bibeau state title in Persuasive Extemporaneous Speaking.
    • Lizzie Galassini and Sofia Albini won first place statewide for their respective grade divisions in the 2019 Texas Association for Pupil Transportation (TAPT) School Bus Safety Speech Contest.
    • Hanna Gaither was the high school recipient of the 2019 Barbara Jordan Media Award as announced by the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, based on an article she wrote for the DSHS student newspaper.


    • Dripping Springs High School students competing in Leadership Development Events (LDEs) through the FFA were successful last fall, including one group that won a state title. The Senior Chapter Conducting team earned the trip to state after winning the area title. Also qualifying for the state event was Faith Baxter in the Job Interview category.
    • Dripping Springs ISD students involved in 4-H and FFA received honors at the 2020 Hays County Livestock show. Three high school students were recognized as Grand Champions in their categories: Caitlyn Alderson, Carson Cook, and Hailey Kirkup. In addition, two were Reserve Grand Champions, two were Breed Champions, two were Breed Reserve Champions, and one was Division Reserve Champion.
    • Dripping Springs High School had 12 state finalists in the 2020 DECA competition and seven students qualified to compete in the international event, a record number of qualifiers from DSHS's chapter. 
    • Two DSHS students in the 2020 HOSA (Health Occupations) program received honors, including junior Natalie Chavez who qualified for the international competition.
    • In recognition of their commitment to community service, Dripping Springs High School students Faith Baxter and Carter King were named "Distinguished Finalists" in the 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in Texas program.