March 2, 2015 

Dr. Dawson Orr

Dear Highland Park ISD Colleagues and Friends,


I have been honored by the opportunity to work with you in this exceptional district. Each day over the last six years, I have drawn inspiration from the students, parents, community, and countless dedicated educational professionals who give their best to the children we serve together.


It is time for a new chapter in my life and career, and I will be retiring as superintendent of Highland Park ISD on August 31, 2015. This year marks my 25th year as a Texas school superintendent during which I have served three distinct school communities: Pampa, Wichita Falls, and Highland Park. I am thankful to the boards of trustees who showed faith in me and entrusted the education of the children in their respective communities to my leadership.


I am especially thankful for the unique culture of this district, one that demands and supports excellence in all that we do. A passion for excellence fuels unique dedication, commitment, and accomplishment in all areas of school life.  I believe that spirit of excellence is embodied in the aspirational views of our students found in the Profile of the Learner for the Future and for our staff in the Profile of the Educator for the Future.


While there is sadness in leaving the work that has defined my professional life, I am also excited by a new role in the great and noble profession of education. I have accepted the position of clinical professor and chair in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership at the Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University beginning in the fall. The focus of the work will be to collaborate with a talented cadre of scholars and researchers to develop, guide, and mentor a new generation of school leaders, an opportunity that represents a direction that will continue to inspire me.


I thank all of you in Highland Park ISD for the tremendous honor of serving as your superintendent. 




Dr. Dawson Orr

Superintendent of Schools