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
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
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 1,074 (2011-2012)
Campus size 28 acres
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
Athletics 18 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 at the pleasure of the bishop.

Mission statement[edit]

Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas offers young men a terrific, Catholic education in the classical Jesuit tradition with the purpose of forming a community of men of high moral principles and service to others.

Profile of the Graduate[edit]

The Profile of the Graduate describes the characteristics of a man who seeks the fullest development of his God-given talents and puts his faith in action. Adopted in 1987, The Profile of the Graduate touches every aspect of life at Jesuit Dallas, and establishes a framework of goals and qualities the Jesuit student has come to embody at graduation. Jesuit shares these principles with other members of the Jesuit Secondary Education Association.

  • Open to Growth
  • Intellectually Competent
  • Physically Fit
  • Loving
  • Religious
  • Committed to Working for Social Justice



  • 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.

Jesuit provides a college counseling department to its students that is very prestigious, well known, and respected nationwide. This world renowned college counseling department is one of the reasons that Jesuit, since it was founded in 1942, has had a 100% graduation rate as well as a 100% college attendance rate, with 90% of the graduates attending the college of their choice.

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 2011-2012 school year, Jesuit maintains 1074 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. 24% of students receive need-based financial assistance from the school, totaling more than $1 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
  • 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.


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  • Freshmen must wear khaki slacks while other classes may wear slacks of any color
  • Freshmen must wear name tags during the first half of the first semester
  • Freshmen, during prayer services and liturgies, must sit in the uncomfortable bleachers of the Terry Center (formerly known as the AAA building for the Arts, Athletics, and Assembly) where such school functions are held. This is an obligation that arrived with the completion of the Terry Center. (Previously, when prayer services were held in the old auditorium, freshmen sat in similarly uncomfortable, folding chairs positioned behind the main lectern)
  • Freshmen build a chariot in their homeroom for Ranger Day to race, in which the best runners pull their homeroom Big Brother (Senior) to compete for homeroom bragging rights and the chariot trophy, a stack of several blocks of wood with plaques of previous champions
  • Sophomores join the upper classes in their use of colored pants, traditionally blue
  • Sophomores must stack chairs after prayer services and liturgies.
  • Juniors receive the Junior Cross during spring of their junior year, signifying their new leadership role in the Jesuit community
  • Seniors embark on Community Days in the fall
  • Seniors partake every Wednesday in community service, aiding Dallas at their assigned service site
  • Seniors are allowed creative freedom with their uniform - this usually consists of varied blazers, suits, bow ties, and cowboy boots.
  • Seniors are allotted the Senior Lounge, Senior Courtyard, and senior parking lot
  • Seniors may qualify for off campus lunch, and towards the end of the year may qualify for open campus privileges
  • Seniors host the Jesuit Special Games, held every year in early May for children with disabilities
  • Underclassmen that enter the Senior Courtyard are apprehended by seniors and forced to ride a stone bison statue, referred to as "the bull," within the courtyard.
A Freshman riding the bull in October 2010

Jesuit Video Yearbook "Look-A-Round" 1990-1991
Jesuit Video Yearbook "Look-A-Round" 1991-1992

Ranger Day[edit]

A pair of seniors chasing a pair of sophomores during the Egghead competition on Ranger Day
Freshman chariot on Ranger Day

Widely regarded as "the best day to be a Jesuit student," Ranger Day is always celebrated on the Friday of homecoming weekend on the day of the homecoming game, typically around the end of October. In essence, Ranger Day is Jesuit's spirit day where students are pitted against each other in interclass competitions. Ranger Day is characterized by:

Body painting 
Colors, often blue and gold, the school colors, are applied in creative patterns and letters. Typically tempera paint is used.
Senior parade 
Ranger Day begins in the gymnasium. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are seated in the bleachers of the gym. The senior class then processes into the gym. Though methods and themes vary from year to year, the seniors always process in a grandiose fashion, with themes ranging from Roman Times to Superheroes. They are often fraught with inside jokes.
Competitive games 
Games are run for students, by students. Occurring throughout the day, they range from Trivial Pursuit and checkers to hot dog eating and jousting and can be very entertaining to watch.
During the day, faculty and student bands play on the steps of the Terry Center.
Senior "advantages" 
During the competitions, especially the basketball shooting and paper airplane contests, seniors are allowed to be "creative" in their quest to win.
Chariot races 
The climax of Ranger Day. Each freshman homeroom, consisting of roughly twenty students, designs and builds a chariot. This chariot must be made entirely by the students, must be propelled by student runners, and must carry a senior student aboard. Many chariots crash or otherwise fall apart on the track over the 200 meter race.


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 has about 600 working computers for student use located throughout the school, including computer labs, language classrooms, and the information commons.

Every classroom on campus is equipped with SmartBoards – large projection, touch-responsive computer interfaces.

All buildings on campus are Wi-Fi enabled for students, staff, or guests who choose to carry laptops or handheld devices.

Students use a number of technology-based learning environments through four years at Jesuit. The school uses Moodle, software which extends the classroom to the Internet for home access. Students and parents use NetClassroom to view grades or announcements online. The college search process is aided by Naviance, a web-based college information program. Jesuit faculty and staff are constantly looking for ways to incorporate technology into the Jesuit education.

Before the 2011-2012 school year, Jesuit faculty were given an opportunity to request iPads for classroom use. Jesuit continues to evaluate the value of a one-to-one educational program through the use of this kind of technology.

As of the 2012-2013 school year, all students and faculty were given iPads to use for the year, to cut down on textbook costs and having to carry around textbooks themselves.

Ranger Connection[edit]

The Ranger Connection is the official school store of Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. The store sells a limited selection of school supplies including combination locks for athletic lockers, graphing calculators, planners, selected books, pens, and pencils. In addition to these items, the store also features a variety of Jesuit Dallas branded apparel and spirit gear including hats, T-shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, and other merchandise. In the weeks nearing homecoming, the store sells tickets for the student homecoming dance. The store, located near the school cafeteria, is open while school is in session during student lunch periods and near the end of the school day. In recent years, the Ranger Connection added an online store with e-commerce capabilities.

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, such well-known artists 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. It has been said to be one of the finest collections ever assembled at a secondary school.The Jesuit Dallas Museum is distinguished by the wide range and depth of its art collection. Major gifts and purchases have brought over 400 pieces to the school's corridors and courtyards. Internationally celebrated artists share space with a rich trove of Southwestern works. This important concentration of ceramics, kinetics, painting, prints, and sculpture is placed throughout the school complex. Works by Dalí, Chihuly, and Pena[disambiguation needed] are as likely to fill an alcove as Texas State Flags are to hug the walls of an intimate hallway.

A Momentum magazine article states:

"The effect of the presence of the art on the students has been nothing short of remarkable. There is a unique sense of pride and respect instilled in each student for "their" paintings. The faculty has become aware of bold uses of color and increased imagination in class assignments. Students gather to discuss why an artist may have chosen a particular color or theme for a work."

The museum is open to the public for tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions. Volunteer docents guide visitors through the Jesuit Dallas Museum; admission is free. Tours are available between 09:00 and 14:00, when school is in session.


  • 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]

  • Cole Reiser 2010: rower at the University of California, Berkeley and member of the 2011 undefeated freshman 8+ that won the Temple Challenge cup at the Henley Royal Regatta. He also rowed in the 2014 second eight which not only won gold at the IRA National Championship Regatta but also the Ladies' Challenge Plate at Henley in 2014. He also represented the United States in the Mens' 2- at the 2014 Under-23 World Championships in Varese, Italy.[4]
  • Jordan Spieth 2011- two-time U.S. Junior Amateur champion (2009 and 2011) and sixth-youngest player to make the cut at a PGA Tour event (2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship.) He became the fourth youngest PGA Tour winner and the first teenager in 82 years after winning the John Deere Classic in 2013. Youngest player in history to earn his spot on the U.S. President's Cup team. Was the runner up in the 2013 Masters Tournament to former champion Bubba Watson.
  • Josh Bell 2011 - Professional Baseball Player for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the 56th pick in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft
  • Jake Oliver 2013 - three-time first-team 5A All-State selection ... selected to the 2013 Parade All-America team ... participated in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... set the Texas state high school career receptions record, and ranks second in the nation, with 308 to go along with 4,567 receiving yards and 56 TDs for his career ... four-year starter ... rated the No. 17 WR in the nation by MaxPreps ... rated No. 214 overall and the No. 31 WR in the nation by ESPN. Wide receiver at The University Of Texas
  • Richard Sapp 2011 - Business Mogul

-Attended the United States Air Force Academy. Made tens of dollars investing in emerging markets in Ferguson, MO. Played lacrosse at the Academy initially but found out that being a marathon runner was not for him.


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