Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas

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Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas
Jesuit dallas seal.jpg
Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas seal
Men for Others
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
For the Greater Glory of God
12345 Inwood Road
Dallas, Texas, (Dallas County), 75244
United States
Coordinates 32°55′05″N 96°49′07″W / 32.91806°N 96.81861°W / 32.91806; -96.81861Coordinates: 32°55′05″N 96°49′07″W / 32.91806°N 96.81861°W / 32.91806; -96.81861
Type Private, All-Male
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic,
Established 1942
President Michael A. Earsing
Principal Thomas E. Garrison
Asst. Principal Fred Donahue,
Ben Kirby,
Mark Knize
Faculty 124 full-time
Grades 912
Enrollment 1,088 (2013-2014)
Campus size 28 acres
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
Athletics 19 Sports, 7 Athletic Organization
Mascot Rangers
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Publication Jesuit Journal (student literary magazine), JesuitNow (alumni email), JesuitToday (community magazine)
Newspaper The Roundup
Yearbook The Last Roundup
Tuition $15,600
Admissions Director Tim Host
Athletic Director Steve Koch

Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas (commonly referred to as Jesuit Dallas or Dallas Jesuit) is a private, college-preparatory school for young men under the direction of the Society of Jesus and home to the Jesuit Dallas Museum in Dallas, in the U.S. state of Texas. While Jesuit operates independently of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas, it exists and serves the Catholic community under the supervision of the bishop.



  • 1942: Jesuit High School opened on September 14, 1942. Located on the former grounds of Holy Trinity College on 3812 Oak Lawn Avenue in Dallas, Texas, the school had 150 students. For US$100 a year, students could receive a Catholic high school education from 12 Jesuit priests.
  • 1955: Jesuit High School was the first school in Dallas to integrate, when sophomore Charles Edmond and freshman Arthur Allen, both African-Americans, enrolled in the fall of 1955.
  • 1961: In the fall of 1961, Jesuit High School mandated school blazers as part of the daily uniform. The blazers set Jesuit High School apart from other schools in Dallas.
  • 1963: In the autumn of 1963, Jesuit High School opened its current campus at 12345 Inwood Road. After spending three years at the Oak Lawn campus, the transition was described as difficult by many of the seniors who had an attachment to the old building. But the new school's drastically improved facilities, including closed circuit television, pristine laboratories, and a new gymnasium, helped to ease that transition.
  • 1969: Jesuit High School became Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas in 1969 by order of school president Rev. Paul Schott, S.J.. The new name was meant to describe more accurately the school's character and curriculum.
  • 1970: Senior students went on the first Community Weekend, now known as Community Days. The idea came from the seniors themselves. Ever since that first year, the events of each Community Days are purported to have been kept secret.
  • 1983: The Jesuit Dallas Museum was established in 1983, and Jesuit Dallas became one of a few secondary schools in the country to house an art museum. The museum featured works from such artists as Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Braque, and Moore.
  • 1986: The "Leaders for Dallas" wing of the school opened in 1986 and added 25% more square footage to the school. It included a lecture hall, computer labs, and departmental offices.
  • 1987: The "Profile of the Graduate at Graduation," establishing a framework of goals and qualities that should characterize a Jesuit Dallas graduate, was finalized in 1987. These qualities included being open to growth, intellectually competent, physically fit, loving, religious, and committed to working for social justice. Jesuit shares these principles with other members of the Jesuit Secondary Education Association.
  • 1992: 1992 marked the 50th anniversary of Jesuit Dallas. The golden anniversary was celebrated with masses and dedications at the Inwood campus and at the site of the former Oak Lawn Avenue campus.
  • 2000: The Science and Counseling Wing was opened in 2000 and featured separate grade level common areas in addition to new science laboratories.
  • 2001: The Terry Center (originally called The Arts, Assembly, and Athletic Building, referred to as "The Triple A") was dedicated in 2001, offering a gathering place for the school community, band and choral halls, and art studios.
  • 2008: The school began the first of a series of major renovations called "The We Are Jesuit" campaign. Many rooms, including the old student commons, were converted into classrooms. The auditorium was also demolished and filled with concrete, amphitheater style seating. Upstairs, new student commons and counselors' offices were built. The Arts, Assembly, and Athletic Building (AAA) was renamed as The Terry Center (Fully: The Mike and Mary Terry Family Foundation Center). The Terry family donated a large amount of money to the school and the building was renamed in dedication to them. The school's baseball field was renovated, with new lighting, bleachers, and grass.
  • 2009: A brand new wing on the northern side of the school was added, giving the school a large expansion in classroom space.
  • 2010: The historic Haggar Stadium was demolished. A new, modern stadium with greatly expanded capacity was erected in its place. This included new "pavilion areas" for students to congregate, a renovated press box, brand new turf, new lighting systems, and new entrance. A concessions building and new bathrooms were constructed as well.
  • 2011: The old athletic facilities were demolished, and a new modernized athletic structure was constructed in the footprint of the original structure. The 1962 wing underwent a complete renovation also.
  • 2014: The gym underwent a full renovation, replacing the flooring, stands, artwork and scoreboards, while adding a second level for additional guests.


The school has a 28 acre (11 ha, 109,000 m²) campus located on Inwood Road in North Dallas, Texas, adjacent to St. Rita Catholic School, south-west of the intersection of the Dallas North Tollway and Interstate 635 (LBJ Freeway).


Jesuit provides a college preparatory environment. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department, and recognized by the Texas Education Agency. The school is also affiliated with the National Catholic Educational Association and the Jesuit Secondary Education Association. Jesuit Dallas is a U.S. Department of Education Recognized School of Excellence.

Spiritual life[edit]


Students experience a minimum of 4 retreats, one during each year. These retreats are "intended to build community within a class," as well as to "foster the spiritual growth of the individual." They are each offered at least twice during the school year. A student may only participate in one, but a student can apply to help lead multiple.

  • Freshman Retreat - the Jesuit student's first retreat experience; led by Juniors and Seniors, and aided by Sophomore grounds crew members; the class motto and song are introduced.
  • Midpoint Retreat - a retreat held at the end of the sophomore year, and thus the "midpoint" of the high school career.
  • Junior Retreat - similar in fashion to the Midpoint Retreat; focuses on the preparation for leadership as next year's Seniors; the Cross Mass follows when each student receives his Junior Cross; class rings are usually distributed soon after the retreat
  • Senior Retreats - seniors sign up for the retreat that they believe will best enable their spiritual growth
    • Kairos - created in 2002, an entirely student-directed retreat adapted from the Kairos retreat program at Boston College High School. This retreat offers its participants a ceremonial golden waffle (interlaced crosses) necklace.
    • Silent Directed Retreat - requiring an application essay, a retreat where the silence of participants is only broken when conversing with spiritual directors

Campus ministry[edit]

Masses, retreats, and prayer services are student-led through Campus Ministry, a student organization.

Student life[edit]

Student body[edit]

As of the 2013-2014 school year, Jesuit maintains 1088 students in grades 9-12. While Jesuit is a Catholic institution, nearly 20% of the student body is non-Catholic and come from a variety of religious traditions. 25% of students receive need-based financial assistance from the school, totaling more than $1.7 million. Jesuit also maintains a diverse student body with 28% minority enrollment.


Jesuit Dallas supports a wide range of athletic teams. Unlike most other private schools in Texas, Jesuit does not compete in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools or the Southwest Preparatory Conference. Instead, Jesuit and its brother school Strake Jesuit College Preparatory of Houston compete in the University Interscholastic League (UIL), the athletic and extracurricular governing body for the state's public and charter schools. Jesuit currently competes in District 9-6A, the state's largest classification. Jesuit also participates in non-UIL sports such as lacrosse, crew, and rugby union. Following a perfect 25-0-0 season and a #1 ESPN RISE national ranking, Jesuit's varsity soccer team won the school's first team UIL state championship in 2010, defeating fellow private school Houston Strake Jesuit in the championship game. This made Dallas Jesuit the first private school to win a UIL team state championship in UIL history. Jesuit has also won a handful of individual state championships in swimming, golf, rugby, ice hockey, and wrestling. The rowing team has also competed many times at the prestigious Stotesbury Cup Regatta in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, taking home second place in 2008 in the Boy's Freshmen 8, second place in the Boy's Lightweight 8 in 2013, and second place in the Boy's Second 8 in 2014. Notable athletes in recent years: (Jordan Spieth '10, golf; Josh Bell '10, baseball).

Sports Offered
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Power Lifting
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling

Athletic Organizations
  • Fencing
  • Jesuit Basketball Association (intramural basketball)
  • Bowling (intramural)
  • Dodgeball
  • Indoor soccer
  • Ping pong
  • Volleyball

Dress code[edit]

Long or short sleeve dress shirt in solid blue, yellow, pink, or white. Shirts must be made of broadcloth or an oxford material.
Student may chose any neck tie, but it must be worn properly in accordance with the handbook. Seniors are also permitted to wear bow ties, with permission from the Assistance Principal for Student Affairs.
Must be similar in style to Haggar or Dockers slacks in navy, khaki, grey, black, or olive. Freshmen must wear khaki colored pants.
Cap toe, wing tip, or tassel loafer styles in solid black, brown, or cordovan. Shoes must be worn with socks. Seniors may wear cowboy boots.
During the school's second and third academic quarters, all students must wear navy blazers. Seniors are permitted to wear any sport coat consistent with modern dress standards.

Students are free to purchase their uniform at the store of their choosing.


Through the years, Jesuit has enjoyed lively and spirited rivalries with a number of other high schools in the area. The most long-lasting rivalry has been with cross-town Catholic school Bishop Lynch High School. There is a measure of irony in this rivalry, as it was the Most Reverend Joseph P. Lynch – for whom Bishop Lynch High School is named – who commissioned the Society of Jesus to found Jesuit High School in Dallas in the 1940s.

Even before its involvement in the UIL, Jesuit enjoyed a healthy rivalry with area public schools such as Coppell, Lake Highlands, and some Plano schools.

Jesuit also has a long-distance rivalry with brother Jesuit school Houston Strake Jesuit College Preparatory (both schools assisted each other in obtaining UIL membership). Jesuit and Houston Strake Jesuit have competed for a number of state titles over the years, most recently in the UIL 5A State Soccer Championship in 2010 – a match won by Jesuit Dallas in a shootout.

Jesuit Dallas Museum[edit]

The Jesuit Dallas Museum is a separately chartered, fully functional gallery and museum residing entirely within Jesuit Dallas. Its collections cover the visual arts including ceramics, painting, prints, kinetic and stationary sculpture and feature, among others, artists such as Salvador Dalí and Dale Chihuly, as well as some pieces that were created by the artists especially for Jesuit. Such as the famous "Window" into Jesuit.


  • Rev. Nicolas J. Roth, S.J. 1939-1945
  • Rev. D. Ross Druhan, S.J. 1945-1951
  • Rev. J. A. Sweeney, S.J. 1952-1953
  • Rev. Thomas J. Shields, S.J. 1953-1959
  • Rev. Robert A. Tynan, S.J. 1959-1965
  • Rev. Paul W. Schott, S.J. 1965-1973
  • Rev. Thomas J. Naughton, S.J. 1973-1979
  • Rev. Patrick H. Koch, S.J. 1979-1980
  • Rev. Larion J. Elliot, S.J. 1980-1981
  • Rev. Clyde LeBlanc, S.J. 1982-1986
  • Rev. Michael Alchediak, S.J. 1987-1992
  • Rev. Philip S. Postell, S.J. 1992-2011
  • Mr. Michael A. Earsing 2011-


  • Rev. Joseph C. Mulhern, S.J. 1942-1945
  • Rev. D. Ross Druhan, S.J. 1945-1951
  • Rev. Edward P. Curry, S.J. 1951-1954
  • Rev. Michael P. Kammer, S.J. 1954-1959
  • Rev. Walter C. McCauley, S.J. 1959-1963
  • Rev. Albert C. Louapre, S.J. 1963-1970
  • Rev. Joseph. B. Leininger, S.J. 1970-1972
  • Rev. Patrick H. Koch, S.J. 1972-1979
  • Rev. Brian F. Zinnamon, S.J. 1979-1985
  • Rev. Geoffrey R. Dillon, S.J. 1985-1993
  • Rev. Paul Deutsch, S.J. 1993-1997
  • Mr. Michael A. Earsing 1997-2011
  • Mr. Thomas E. Garrison 2011-

Notable alumni[edit]



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