Needless to say, Park Cities rotarian Lina Tunnell is pretty giddy about the recent student/rotary project to jazz up Hillcrest High School’s courtyard. The newly overhauled “Panther Pavilion” includes a big slab of ornamental bricks engraved for the project’s many donors.
“I have the chills!” Tunnell exclaimed when I told her the courtyard and walkway’s Sept. 20 dedication is now on a DISD calendar. “This is like the birth of a baby. We go out there every day and pull up weeds. We’re so proud of it.”
Fundraising wrapped in the relative blink of an eye, she’s told me, and took little more than two months this past spring.
Dignitaries expected at the project’s 8 a.m. dedication include Senator Florence Shapiro, a 1964 graduate who’s also — according Tunnell’s trusted trivia — a former Hillcrest cheerleader.