St. Mark's School of Texas
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|St. Mark's School of Texas|
Courage and Honor
|10600 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas, 75230
|Type||Private, Day, College-prep|
|Sister school||The Hockaday School|
|Headmaster||David W. Dini|
|Number of students||845|
|Campus||40 acres (160,000 m2)|
|Sports||17 sports teams|
|Tuition||$22,627 - $28,149|
St. Mark's developed from three preceding private schools: Terrill School (1906–1944), Texas Country Day School (1933–1950), and The Cathedral School (1944–1950). The school traces its earliest history to Mr. Terrill's school, which is considered the city's first effort to create a private school that could rival its East Coast counterparts. The Terrill School served as a base for the foundation of the Episcopal-associated Cathedral School, which then merged with the nonsectarian Texas Country Day.
The St. Mark's founders decided to make the school nonsectarian, with nondenominational Chapel services led by an ordained Episcopalian Chaplain. The school officially opened as St. Mark's School of Texas in 1953. The Hockaday School for Girls, founded in 1913, became the sister school to St. Mark's.
The school today
On its 40 acre-campus is an array of buildings, most of which are named after well-known Dallas families. Texas Instruments' co-founders Cecil H. Green and Eugene McDermott donated a math and science quadrangle, the main library, the greenhouse, the planetarium and the observatory. Shortly after those buildings' completion in the 1960s, Time magazine called St. Mark's the "best-equipped day school in the country."[volume & issue needed]
In more recent years, the natatorium was named in honor of Ralph Rogers; the Lamar Hunt family donated a football stadium, and Tom Hicks funded a new gymnasium. The Roosevelt family contributed a carillon in 2005 and a pipe organ in 2013.
Spearheaded by a $10 million donation from the family of Harlan Crow, the Centennial Project raised over $110 million when it ended in June 2013. The Project led to 11 endowed teaching chairs as well two new state-of-the-art academic buildings: Centennial Hall, housing the Math, English, History, and Administrative Departments; and the Robert K. Hoffman '65 Center, housing the Language, Debate, Journalism, and College Counseling programs, in addition to the Student Store and Senior Lounge.
As of 2014, the school's overall endowment was over $100 million 
Its 849 students are spread across first through twelfth grade, and the overall student/faculty ratio is 8:1. Of more than 120 faculty and administrative members, 92 have advanced degrees, including nine with doctorates. More than 30 faculty members have been at the School 20 years or more. There are seventeen endowed chairs for teaching and administration (e.g., for the headmaster).
Over half the class of 2015 was recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, with 29 boys named as Semi-finalists and 19 boys being named commended scholars. This recognition is based on the results of a single test (the PSAT), with 0.5% of the country's rising seniors being named semifinalists. Scores of commended students were in the top 2% in the state. Over the past 5 years, St. Mark's has had a higher percentage of seniors being named Semi-Finalists (28.4%) than any other school in the Dallas-Ft. Worth region. The median SAT for seniors in 2013 was 2170 on a 2400 point scale. Seven St. Marks seniors have been named Presidential Scholars by the Presidential Scholars Program since 2003. In 2013, a student also won the Nestle Very Best in Youth Award, one of 18 winners from around the country.
While many graduates stay in Texas, many also matriculate around the country. The Wall Street Journal ranked American high schools based on their sending graduates to 8 selective universities (primarily on the east coast); St. Mark's was the highest ranked Texas school in that imperfect assessment  Multiple other surveys also rank St. Mark's as the top private school in the state and among the best in the country. While presumably pleased by these rankings, St. Mark's administrators have repeatedly argued that no single ranking can capture a school's excellence or its fit with any particular student.
As of 2014, Swimming has won 18 conference titles in 20 years, Wrestling has won 15 titles in 17 years and Track and Field has won 9 titles in 11 years. Lacrosse, Crew, and Water Polo have each won state championships since 2010.
Several individual athletes have gone on to succeed at the next level. For example, Sam Acho '07, Emmanuel Acho '08, and Kalen Thornton '00 have all played in the National Football League—the Acho brothers are currently linebackers on different NFL teams. More recently, Ty Montgomery '11 was named to multiple All American teams in 2013 and 2014 while playing wide receiver and returning kicks for Stanford. Over the past several years, about 10% of St. Mark's graduates signed to play intercollegiate sports in college.
St. Mark's offers 42 Upper School clubs and academic teams for the 80 to 90 boys per graduating class. This extracurricular activity has led to significant external recognition.
All three school publications won 2014 Gold Crowns, the highest award given by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. In that year, only 11 newspapers, 13 yearbooks, and 16 magazines won Gold Crowns from around the country. This was the second straight Gold Crown for the magazine, sixth straight for the yearbook, and 10th straight for the newspaper.
The school's photography program has been named best in state by the Association of Texas Photography Instructors for eight consecutive years (2007–2014).
A middle schooler (Sai Gunturi '07) won the 2003 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Steve Miller and Boz Scaggs are probably the most famous alumni musicians; while in high school, they created a band called The Marksmen. The founder of Texas Monthly and a co-founder of the National Lampoon both attended St. Mark's. Prominent alumni actors include Tommy Lee Jones and Luke Wilson, both of whom were better known as athletes than actors when in school.
The avidity with which students pursue extracurricular activities is mocked in the film Rushmore, which was co-written by Owen Wilson, who himself was asked to leave the school prior to graduation. Rushmore was set at a fictional cross between St. Mark's and Houston's St. John's School, the alma mater of the other cowriter and director, Wes Anderson. The film features a protagonist who participates in dozens of clubs and activities.
- Henry Martin, 1944. New Yorker cartoonist.
- Richard Bass, 1946. Owner of Snowbird Ski Resort, mountain climber.
- Steve Miller, 1961. Musician.
- Boz Scaggs, 1962. Musician.
- Michael R. Levy, 1964. Founder and publisher of Texas Monthly
- Robert Hoffman, 1965. Co-Founder, National Lampoon. Businessman.
- Tommy Lee Jones, 1965. Academy Award-winning actor.
- Jeffrey Swann, 1969. Pianist.
- Stephen Scott Arnold, 1971. Emmy-winning composer.
- Alan Stern, 1975. NASA scientist.
- H. Ross Perot, Jr., 1977. Executive Chairman, Perot Systems; real estate developer.
- Randall Zisk, 1977, Producer/Director.
- Michael Weiss, (attended grades 1–7). Jazz pianist, composer.
- Kurt Eichenwald, 1979. Journalist.
- David Hudgins, 1983. Television writer and producer.
- Clark Hunt, 1983. CEO, Kansas City Chiefs.
- Craig Zisk, 1983. Producer/Director.
- Steve Jurvetson, 1985. Venture capitalist.
- Rhett Miller, 1989. Musician, Old 97's.
- Charles Olivier, Emmy-winning writer and producer.
- Owen Wilson, Actor.
- Luke Wilson, 1990. Actor.
- Matthew Silverman, 1994, President, Tampa Bay Rays
- Richard B. Spencer, 1997. Writer, editor, and white nationalist
- Evan Daugherty, 2000. Screenwriter
- Miles Fisher, Actor
- Sam Acho, 2007. Linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals.
- Emmanuel Acho, 2008. Linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Eugene McDermott biography[dead link], Missouri Southern State University
- Rogers donation article
- St. Mark's School of Texas ~ Roosevelt Gift to Fund New Pipe Organ
- [dead link]
- St. Mark's planned development
- National Merit Semi-Finalists: 2008–2012 Cumulative Totals - plus 2013 NMSFs (Dallas: catholic schools, universities) - City-Data Forum
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- St. Mark's School of Texas ~ Prestigious Recognition for Senior
- SPC Sports
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- NSPA - Contest Winners
- http://www.columbia.edu/cu/cspa/docs/contests-and-critiques/crown-awards/recipients/2013-scholastic-crown.html. Missing or empty
- Columbia Scholastic Press Association : 2012 Scholastic Crowns
- [dead link]
- Princetoniana Committee Oral History Project, "Interview of Henry Martin, p. 4-5 (pdf).
- Steve Miller did not actually graduate from St. Marks' the school gave him an honorary diploma./story?oid=oid%3A107855 "Texas Top 40", Austin Chronicle, 8 November 2002.
- Lieber, Dave (C'79). "Don't Mess with Texas Monthly." University of Pennsylvania Gazette. Accessed October 11, 2008.
- Kennedy, Randy. Obituary of Robert Hoffman, The New York Times, 22 August 2006.
- Biography page for Tommy Lee Jones at the Internet Movie Database
- "Young Pianist to Present Recital at SMU Wednesday." The Dallas Morning News, 15 May 1966. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
- NASA - Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate
S. Alan Stern
- "Another Time, Another Ross Perot", Business Week, 18 February 2002.
- Randall Zisk - IMDb
- Michael Weiss's website
- "Reporter Biography: Kurt Eichenwald". The New York Times. Accessed October 11, 2008.
- "Clark Hunt, Chairman of the Board, Kansas City Chiefs"[dead link]. Kansas City Chiefs website. Accessed October 11, 2008.
- "Dallas Solo's Practice Helps Him Perfect His Music Label." Texas Lawyer. October 20, 2005.
- AskMen.com - Charles Olivier
- AskMen.com - Owen Wilson
- Luke Wilson biography[dead link] at his official website
- Rays: The Rays' hottest prospect? Silverman
- Eagles Acquire LB Acho From Browns