Cistercian Preparatory School
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|Cistercian Preparatory School|
|3660 Cistercian Road
Irving, Texas, 75039
|Motto||Ardere et Lucere
(To Enkindle and Enlighten)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Student to teacher ratio||8:1|
|Campus size||80 acres|
|Color(s)||Black and White|
|Rival||St. Mark's School of Texas|
|Publication||Reflections (literary/art magazine)|
|Assistant Headmaster/Head of Upper School||Gregory L. Novinski|
|Director of Studies||Christine Medaille|
|Athletic Director||Andre Bruce|
Cistercian Preparatory School is a Roman Catholic school for young men located in Irving, Texas, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas. Serving grades five through twelve (though previously having a 4th grade pre-form), the school has a population of about 350 boys. Each grade is assigned a priest or a dedicated teacher as a "Form Master," who follows the class over the years and is responsible for building a feeling of community.
The school's roots lie with a group of Cistercians who came to Texas in 1956 to help found the University of Dallas, located adjacent to what would become the Cistercian campus. Later that year, an uprising in communist Hungary allowed a group from Zirc Abbey in western Hungary to escape, and they joined their colleagues in Texas. The monks of Zirc had a long tradition of teaching in the abbey's college preparatory schools, so in 1962 they started Cistercian Preparatory School to continue their work in secondary education.
Students are encouraged to participate in sports in every season. Cistercian fields teams in eight varsity sports in three athletic seasons: football and cross country (fall); basketball, soccer, and swimming (winter); baseball, track & field, and tennis (spring). The school is a member of the Southwest Preparatory Conference, which hosts championship tournaments and meets at the end of every season. The school's mascot is the Hawk. Its colors are black and white.
Cistercian's literary and art magazine, Reflections, is conceived, written, and laid out by student editors and staff. Five hundred copies are printed each year, by Diebold Productions, Inc. For seven years in a row, starting in 2005, Reflections won the Columbia Scholastic Press Gold Crown Award, an award which only the top 8-14 magazines throughout the nation win.
- Will Ford Hartnett '74, former member of the Texas House of Representatives (1993-2013)
- Geoff Marslett '92, independent filmmaker and professor
- Ryan Sitton '93, member of the Texas Railroad Commission (2015- )
- Matthew Merrick '15, Quarterback of the University of Texas football team