St. Pius X High School (Houston, Texas)
|St. Pius X High School|
|811 West Donovan Street
Houston, Texas, (Harris County), 77091-5643
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic,
|Head of school||Sr. Donna Pollard|
|Average class size||20|
|Hours in school day||7 Hrs. (8AM - 3PM)|
|Color(s)||Black, White and Orange and|
|Mascot||Beppo the Panther|
|Rival||St. Thomas High School (Houston, Texas)|
|Accreditation(s)||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools|
|School fees||Book fees approx $800. Athletic fees - $100 for football, all other sports $75.|
|Academic Dean||Diane Larsen|
|Dean of Students||Jeff Donaruma|
|Admissions Director||Susie Kramer|
|Athletic Director||Jason Kimball|
|Head Football Coach||Blake Ware|
St. Pius X High School (SPX) is a Dominican Catholic coeducational secondary school located in Houston, Texas, United States. St. Pius X, which serves grades 9 through 12, is administered by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
The school serves as one of two co-educational Catholic high schools in the city limits of Houston, and one of four high schools in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
St Pius X High School was founded by the Dominican Sisters of Houston, Texas, in 1956, the Marian Year. The school was designed by architect Dean Austin Eichelberger. St. Pius X High School was originally connected to the Dominican Sisters Convent. Their Convent has now been renovated and became additional classrooms. St. Pius X High School was named after Pope Saint Pius X of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Pius X was born Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto. His family name is the name of the school's yearbook, the Del Sarto. Pope Pius X's nickname "Beppo" was chosen as the name of the school's panther mascot. The first Principal was Sister Mary Margaret, O.P. The first Chaplain was Father Stephen Smithers, O.P. The first class graduated in 1959; however, the Class of 1960 was the first class to attend all four years and graduate at St. Pius X High School. St. Pius X High School is the first school in the Diocese to offer a foreign student exchange program.
St. Pius X currently offers eight Advanced Placement courses including Calculus, American History, Government, English Literature, English Language, Latin IV Virgil, Spanish and Biology. Upon entering the school, students are required to take placement tests which assigns them according to their scores in the proper level of academia; crossing over between these levels is difficult but nonetheless encouraged. St. Pius X also offers several Honors Courses including Algebra I, English, Spanish II, World History, Biology, Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC) and French.
St. Pius X is the only high school in Houston, Texas, with a program for students with learning disabilities. This program is called the Learning for Success Program, which offers Academic Strategies Classes and Accommodations for students who are tested and diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, etc. Dr. Charlis Powell, PhD. is in charge of this program and currently runs the program in the Learning Center.
St. Pius offers opportunities to its students to compete in Baseball, Men's and Women's Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Rugby, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Volleyball.
The Panthers currently participate in TAPPS District 3-5A, whose membership includes St. Thomas, Beaumont Kelly, Concordia Lutheran, St. Agnes, Incarnate Word Academy and Duchesne.
The St. Pius X Panthers have won 46 State Championships competing in the Texas Association of Private Schools (TAPS), Texas Christian Interscholastic League (TCIL) and currently, the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS).
In Baseball, the Panthers have won 16 State titles (1972, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2005, 2009, and 2012.)
In Basketball, the Panthers have won 4 State titles (1977, 1978, 1995, and 2007) and the Lady Panthers have won 2 State Titles (1974, 1975.)
In Football, the Panthers have won 13 State titles (1970, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1982, 1983, 1993, 1999,2003, 2006 and 2007.)
In Rugby, the Panthers won the 2010 State title for their division.
In Swimming, the Panthers won the 1999 State title.
In Softball, the Lady Panthers have won 8 State titles (1976, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1991.)
In Volleyball, the Lady Panthers have won 3 State titles (1982, 1984, and 1989.)
Tuition and Fees
For the 2013-2014 school year, the tuition will be set at $12,500. Compared to rival private schools, St. Pius X is less expensive. (Strake Jesuit: $16,800; St. Thomas: $13.775; St. Agnes: $15,450) Registration and athletic fees, as well as book costs combine to cost an estimated $700–$900 extra per year.
- Gary Kubiak - Former Denver Broncos quarterback and former head coach of the Houston Texans
- Gary Majewski -A former MLB relief pitcher
- Chris Harrington - Linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars
- Sara Brooks - Miss Louisiana USA 2010
- Jackson Hurst -Actor
- Kohl Stewart - baseball player
Students of some private schools, such as St. Ambrose Catholic School Presbyterian School, The Village School, Annunciation Orthodox School, and John Paul II School, matriculate to St. Pius X.
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