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History & Alumni

Highland Park Boys Lacrosse, Inc. is a non profit 501 (c) 3 governed by a volunteer board. The Highland Park High School Lacrosse team was founded in the winter of 1995 with 21 players. In 2022 the HP Lacrosse program included 3 High School teams, 7 Youth teams, 15 Bantam teams and over 350 players.

Players who reside in the Highland Park School District are eligible to play with Highland Park Boys Lacrosse.

The High School program is a member of Texas High School Lacrosse League (THSLL).  The Bantam and Youth programs are members of the DFWL Youth Lacrosse League.

Former HP lacrosse players have played in DI, DIII and MCLA college programs.

For a complete list visit our Alumni section of this site >

The History of Highland Park Lacrosse

The Highland Park Lacrosse Program was founded in the Fall of 1995 with 21 boys eager to learn the fastest game on two feet. Since its inception, Highland Park has evolved into the "gold standard" for lacrosse in the State of Texas, winning 11 State Championships and graduating an impressive number of players who've gone on to play collegiately across D1, D2, D3 and MCLA divisions.

Today, Highland Park Lacrosse consists of 3 Divisions: Bantam (1st-4th grades), Youth (5th-8th), and High School (9th-12th) and consists of roughly 375 players. The High School Program is a member of the Texas High School Lacrosse League (THSLL) and competes in all three subdivisions (D1-Varsity A, DII-Varsity B and Junior Varsity).

Highland Park has consistently been led by outstanding coaches who've sought to teach the game in a manner that helps develop Champions on and off the field. The Scots made a significant leap forward under the direction of Coach Derek Thomson shortly after he was named Head Coach in the Fall of 2003. The Thomson era produced 10 State Championships including 7 D1 (2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015) and 3 DII (2008, 2012, 2015) as well as Highland Park's first ever Top 25 National High School Ranking. Thomson retired in 2017, paving the way for DII Offensive Coordinator Rich Moses to take over the Head Coaching duties in 2018.

Moses' experience as a player (3x National Champion at Hobart College),  a coach (2015 DII State Championship Offensive Coordinator),  and as a man of remarkable character (2016 THSLL Person of the Year) uniquely equipped him to lead the Scots to compete for State Titles every year during his tenure, winning Highland Park's 4th DII State Championship in 2018.

In the Summer of 2022, the Scots hired Mike Pressler to become just the 4th Head Coach in program history. Pressler is one of the most highly decorated Collegiate coaches in the NCAA, bringing with him 40 years of coaching experience as the Head Coach of Duke University, elevating the program into the powerhouse it is today, Bryant University, where he guided the Bulldogs to their first NCAA Tournament appearance, as well as successful stints at both Ohio Wesleyan and VMI. In addition to his collegiate success, Pressler helped Team USA win Gold as both Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator.

Pressler inherits a program steeped in tradition and exceptional achievement. Returning Highland Park to the level of success attained by the myriad of players and coaches who've paved the way, is the task at hand. Highland Park Lacrosse looks forward to the next chapter as the Pressler era unfolds. #GOSCOTS