Anthony Hipolito | Dripping Springs Local

I first heard of Anthony when I met his wife, Peggy, for coffee after realizing we were both local realtors. We met at Mazama one morning and connected over our lives and Dripping Springs real estate! I started hearing and seeing more of Anthony when we began attending the football games and saw that he was the game announcer. I wanted to introduce you to another great Drip local!

Hey Anthony… tell us more about yourself and your family…

Hays County Sheriff Deputy Anthony Hipolito in patrol car

I was born in Austin but moved to Hays County in 1985. I graduated from Hays High School in 1993 and have been in Law Enforcement since 1998. I worked for the Austin Police Department and retired from there on July 1, 2021 and was hired by the Hays County Sheriff’s in September 2021.

I simply wanted to serve in the community that I grew up in and that I love.

I am married to my wife, Peggy who I met in Austin in 2004. We have two daughters, one a senior (Peyton) and one a freshman (Sydnee) at Dripping Springs High School.

What brought you to Dripping Springs?

Funny story…we moved to Dripping Springs because of a pig!!!

My daughter, Peyton, started showing pigs in the 8th grade. We picked up her first show pig and as soon as we got her in the car we knew instantly we could not get rid of her. At the time we lived in a neighborhood in Buda so we immediately started looking for some land we could build a barn on.

We found a 2 acre property in Dripping Springs in December 2018 and made the move! We love living in the Drip!

Hays County Sheriff Deputy Anthony Hipolito feeding a pig at the Dripping Springs Ag barn

How did your kids get into showing pigs with FFA?

My daughter, Peyton, had friends who showed pigs. In the 7th grade she had friends who showed pigs and she started showing interest. We had her “shadow” her friends during the show to ensure that is what she really wanted to do.

She fell in love and started showing pigs the next year.

Have they won any awards for showing your 5 pigs?

My daughter, Sydnee has only shown pigs for one year and has not won any awards yet, but she did place high enough in last year’s Hays County Livestock Show to make the sale.

Peyton has won a few ribbons over the years, but last year was her best year yet. Peyton, won Reserve Breed Champion, Reserve Champion Overall, and won Grand Champion Showmanship.

This year Peyton has won Reserve Showmanship twice in two jackpot shows, and recently won Breed Champion and Grand Champion Overall at a Memorial Jackpot in Edna, TX.

She has worked hard and it is good to see the fruits of her labor.

The Hays County Livestock Show is coming up in late January so both girls are gearing up for that.

What do you love about the FFA program at the high school?

Any FFA or 4H program helps the kids develop a variety of skills needed to be successful in life. It teaches some public speaking, civic responsibilities, and much more. The program empowers the kids and gives them confidence to take life head on.

What is your favorite thing about living and working in this community?

We moved to Drip in 2018 and have truly loved our time here. What I love the most about this County and specifically Dripping Springs is the people. People make or break a community and Dripping is thriving.

Getting the opportunity to work in Hays County and Dripping Springs has been a true blessing. When Sheriff Cutler gave me the opportunity to serve the community of Hays County, I could not turn it down.

Hays County Sheriff Deputy Anthony Hipolito in patrol car

How long have you been a part of a police department?

I have been in law enforcement since 1998. I served with the Austin Police Department for 23 years and was able to work in a variety of assignments. When I retired I was a Sergeant in the Organized Crime Division.

As mentioned I have spent the majority of my life in Hays County so I wanted to come home and serve in the community I love…the community I grew up in. I have been with the Sheriff’s Office for 16 months and have enjoyed every minute of it.

Hays County Sheriff Deputy Anthony Hipolito in patrol car

Why did you decide to go into law enforcement?

My father graduated from the Austin Police Department’s Cadet Class when I was 4 years old and served the City of Austin for 29 years. As you can imagine, I was immediately drawn to and looked up to Police Officers.

I love, look up to and have the utmost respect for police officers/first responders for what they do on a daily basis.

I was able to serve with my father at APD for almost 10 years before he retired and now I am getting to serve with my brother at the Sheriff’s Office.

The thin blue line runs deep in our family. Myself, my father, my brother, and 3 cousins serve or have served in law enforcement.

Hays County Sheriff Deputy Anthony Hipolito at the Dripping Springs High School football stadium

How did you get chosen to be the voice of Tiger Football?

The gentleman who had been the voice of Tiger Football retired over the summer. Coach Craig Swannack (boys b-ball coach), knew I had announced Lady Tiger Soccer, and Johnson HS baseball over the last couple of years, so he mentioned my name to Coach Zimmerman and Coach Tuzzi.

After a phone call and a quick meeting the opportunity to be behind the microphone on Friday nights was offered. The chance to highlight the amazing cheerleaders, Tiger Band, Hi-steppers, and the football team at every home game was so much fun. They all deserve to be featured for all of the hard work they do on and off the field.

Hays County Sheriff Deputy Anthony Hipolito at the Dripping Springs High School football stadium press box

What’s something that surprised you about announcing the games?

I am not sure anything surprised me, but the one thing I always stressed about was not pronouncing someone’s name correctly. I hate when I miss-pronouce a name because my name was and is butchered quite a bit.

The best part is being able to sit in the press box and the sense of pride the community has. I love how the community comes together for not only the football team, but for everyone involved directly and indirectly. Friday night lights at Tiger Stadium are electric because of this great community.

Tell us more about your men’s softball team…

Team Texas is a softball team made up of Police Officers from San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, and Austin. We play law enforcement tournaments a few times a year and culminate every October at the Police Softball World Series.

It is a great way to unwind, take our minds off the stresses of law enforcement and have a great time with friends.

Have you ever hit a homerun?

I have hit a few home runs over the years, but I am getting older so it’s becoming a bit harder!

Where do you and your family love to go to enjoy a night out in Dripping Springs?

I know this is not in Dripping Springs, but I think this is close enough…we love going to Hays City Store. It is always consistently great, the staff is great, the atmosphere is fun, and the owners, Travis and Tamara, are amazing people.

Hays County Sheriff Deputy Anthony Hipolito in his mens softball league uniform

What is your favorite, secret local spot in Dripping Springs that you tell others to check out when they are visiting?

I’m not sure I have a “secret” spot but, if someone was looking for a nice, unique place to eat that gives a glimpse of Dripping Springs, I suggest Tillies at Camp Lucy. Their brunch is amazing and the atmosphere is special. Another great dining experience is LaVacher. For anyone wanting to see what our Hill Country has to offer for the outdoorsy person, I would suggest Reimers Ranch or Hamilton Pool Preserve.

What do you hope to see for the Dripping Springs community as it moves through the growing pains of massive growth?

I hope it is a collaborative effort between the community, the city and the county. Growth is inevitable, but if entities work together it can be a huge benefit for everyone.

Hays County Sheriff Deputy Anthony Hipolito in his mens softball league uniform

How can we follow along on your journey?

You can follow me on:
Instagram: @anthony_hip

I love showcasing the locals in my area! Do you know of someone that you think should be featured? Just email me their name and info!

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