Partner Spotlight: HPHS Deans Bryan Rome & Claudia Lopez

Bryan Rome & Claudia Lopez Deans at Highland Park High School & CTAD Coalition Members

The Deans Will See You Now: Helping Students are Their Top Priority

As the deans at Highland Park High School, our primary role is to assist students in making good decisions that will lead them to achieve healthy lifestyles as well as their maximum potential. While schools across the country are experiencing an increase in vaping, we are also seeing the majority of students choosing not to vape or experiment with illegal substances.
Here’s what students have told us about their choice to be drug free:
  • ” I have athletic and academic goals that I want to achieve and using drugs and alcohol will lower my performance.”
  • “I try to choose friends who are going to influence me in positive ways, as opposed to tempting me with harmful behaviors.”
  • ” I want to set a positive example for the underclassmen that high athletic/academic performance means living a healthy lifestyle.”
  • “Because I want my family to be proud of my choices, I want to be a positive role model for my siblings.”

As in all aspects of life, we must develop plans for success.  We encourage our students to consider the following strategies:

  1. Have an exit plan when offered drugs and/or alcohol that includes alternate activities, such as bowling; hanging out at a local restaurant, ice cream or coffee shop; going to the movies; or watching a new show, streaming a series, etc.
  2. Develop and practice an assertive statement of choosing to be drug free.
  3. Discuss this strategy with close friends, parents, coaches, teachers, etc. for extra support.
  4. Be a positive role model for your friends and extend support to them in their decision-making and their choices. There is power in numbers!
  5. Seek involvement in extracurricular activities and athletics where you will find peers with similar interests and lifestyle choices.
Highland Park High School offers many resources to assist students in making healthy choices, including but not limited to counselors, psychologists, social workers, deans, coaches, and any other trusted staff members. We do have a contract with OMNI Youth Services to assist our students and their families with prevention strategies when faced with the pressures of drugs and alcohol. If you have any questions regarding the above information, please feel free to contact our deans’ office at (224) 765-2026 or or
Bryan Rome & Claudia Lopez
Deans at Highland Park High School & CTAD Coalition Members

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