The Dripping Springs High School speech and debate program has received special recognition from the National Speech & Debate Association, earning membership in the prestigious "100 Club."
Throughout the competitive season, students earn points and degrees from that organization based on competitive and service-related activities. Individual students can earned designations ranging from a Degree of Merit (25 or more points) to the Degree of Premier Distinction (1,500 or more points). These degrees contribute to a school's overall strength points. The DSHS membership in the 100 Club is based on the fact that the chapter achieved 100 or more strength points. According to the National Speech & Debate Association, this milestone demonstrates "outstanding commitment to teaching students essential life skills – including communication, research, listening, writing, and organization."
Last year, the Tiger speech and debate program produced one state champion (Max Bibeau in Persuasive Extemporaneous Speaking), had four Academic All-Americans (Bibeau, Christopher Gearing, Campbell Melton, and Lily Sethre-Brink), saw Campbell Melton win a regional title in Congress and place eighth in the state, and qualified nine debaters for the Texas Forensics Association state tournament. Davy Holmes and Sara-Jane Shepperd are the coaches of the speech and debate team.