Tripp Douglas attended Hillcrest for 9 years, graduating as Valedictorian in 1996. During his time at HCS, he played football, soccer, tennis, and ran track. He was also involved in Student Council, National Honor Society, and the Yearbook staff, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Douglas then attended Mississippi College, where he was an All-Conference goal keeper for the Choctaw soccer team. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and graduated Summa cum Laude (with a perfect 4.0 GPA) in 2000. During his college years, Tripp became involved with Brilla Soccer Ministries and now serves on the board of that organization. This and his many other athletic achievements led to his being inducted into the Hillcrest Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
Douglas is the owner of two businesses in the city of Ridgeland: a creative agency called Crema Design Studio and a coffee shop called Fusion. He has also enjoyed using his design skills over the years to support his high-school alma mater. While still in high school, he created the HC logo which Hillcrest still uses; then, in his college years Tripp designed the Hillcrest Christian logo as well as the Cougar mascot image which is featured on the wall in the high-school gym. Furthermore, he has designed nearly every yearbook cover for the past 15 years. And most recently he assisted the school by designing the “United” t-shirts, creating graphics for the Color Run, and setting up the Hillcrest Annual Fund website. Probably his greatest “claim to fame,” however, at least among HCS students and alumni, is that he is the son of our very own beloved Mrs. Bridges, librarian and yearbook sponsor-extraordinaire!
Tripp’s message to current Hillcrest students is the same one he tries to instill in his staff: Whatever you do (whether it’s school, athletics, or work), glorify God by doing it with excellence. He also reminds believers that Colossians 3:23 tells us to work as if we’re doing it for God Himself, not only for a teacher, coach, or boss. Douglas further states, “Glorifying God is not just for church – we as Christians are called to do it in every part of our lives. And working with that attitude will also bring you success!”
HCS is thankful to Tripp Douglas for his continued love and support for our school, and we’re so glad to call you not just an alumnus, but also part of the family (Sorry, Mrs. Bridges, but you have to share)!