Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas

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Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, Texas
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, 54 teams
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 $16,400
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.



The Jesuit High School opened on September 14, 1938. 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 11 Jesuit priests. In 1955 it was the first school in Dallas to integrate, when sophomore Charles Edmond and freshman Arthur Allen, both African-Americans.[2]

In the autumn of 1963 the school opened its current campus at 12345 Inwood Road.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 has eight different academic departments that make up the full curriculum while each department is made up of a department chairperson, and in some cases, two department co-chairs.

  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Fine Arts
  • Language
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Theology

The fine arts department includes courses in theater arts, stagecraft, filmmaking, ceramics, digital media, and a number of musical offerings. Four languages are offered at Jesuit: Spanish, French, Mandarian Chinese and Latin. Jesuit requires three years of consecutive study of the same language for graduation. In addition, community service is a central part of the educational model. Students are required to complete 100 hours of community service as a graduation requirement, but nearly every student far exceeds the minimum. Students contribute nearly 100,000 hours of service each year to over 100 agencies in the Dallas area and throughout the world.

Jesuit also offers summer travel studies, including marine biology in Virgin Gorda of the British Virgin Islands and a Close Up government course in Washington, D.C.

Spiritual life[edit]

The religious practices of the School are in keeping with the traditions and practices of the Catholic Church. Before the daily morning announcements are read over the PA system, the Jesuit Community stands and joins together in prayer. Daily Mass is celebrated every day on campus, although it is not required. School-wide Mass is celebrated on a monthly basis either on Fridays or on Holy Days of Obligation. Three times a week at 1:11 p.m. the whole school stops for five minutes and is lead in the Examen, which is a prayer unique to Ignatian spirituality.

Campus ministry[edit]

The office of campus ministry offers sacramental ministry, spiritual growth and retreat experiences through Masses, Reconciliation Services, Prayer Services, the Examen and Senior retreats. There are also opportunities for students to minister to each other through Peer Ministry and Mass Ministries. As an integral part of campus life at Jesuit, campus ministry works with various clubs, teams, departments and parent groups by providing chaplaincy and collaboration.


Students experience a minimum of four retreats, one during each year. Retreats provide opportunities for the members of each grade level to gather together for a day or several days away from the routine of a normal school day in order to have the opportunity for reflection, prayer, small group discussion, and reception of the sacraments. Each grade level has its own unique retreat with particular themes that are chosen for each stage of the students' spiritual formation.

  • 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

Student life[edit]

More than three out of every four students participates in at least one of the 54 varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams in 19 sports. In addition, the School sponsors over 80 extracurricular activities, including instructional and competitive club programs. When all extracurricular activities are included, the participation rate approaches 100%.

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 students must abide by a dress code, which include specifications on shirts, ties, pants, and shoes. Blazers are worn during the School’s second and third academic quarters.

The School has a number of traditions, from Ranger Day, a day-long inter-class competition on the Friday of homecoming weekend, to class-specific traditions focused around events and special permissions.


Jesuit Dallas and its brother school Strake Jesuit College Preparatory of Houston are the only two private schools in Texas to 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 teams have won 111 team state championships dating back to 1954. Most of the titles were won as members of the Texas Christian Interscholastic League (TCIL), a precursor to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) of which Jesuit was a member until 2000. In 2010, the Jesuit Dallas soccer team, which was ranked No. 1 in the nation according to ESPN and the NSCAA, became the first private school team in the history of the state to capture a UIL championship. Furthermore, the Jesuit Dallas Varsity football team won the District 9-6A Championship outright for the first time in school history with an overall record of 9-1, and an undefeated district record of 7-0. Also as of the 2015-2016 season, the Jesuit Dallas Varsity football team is ranked No. 14 in the state of Texas following their 24-21 victory over Dallas Skyline (7-2, 6-1).

The School also competes in sports outside of the UIL’s jurisdiction. Ice hockey has won four state titles (1998, 2008, 2013, 2015), rugby has three times won the Texas Rugby Union State Championship (2001, 2010, and 2015) and cycling won the Texas High School Cycling League State Road Championships in 2015. Following its third state crown in 2013, Jesuit hockey became the first program in the state of Texas to ever be invited to the USA Hockey High School National Championships. From 2010–14, Jesuit advanced to five straight Texas High School Lacrosse League (THSLL) Final Fours, and finished the 2011 and 2012 seasons as the top-ranked team in the state. In 2013, Jesuit Dallas became the first lacrosse program in the history of Texas to earn a spot in the high school national rankings. The crew team has qualified four times for the US National Youth Championships (2011–14), while winning the Central District Regional Championship in 2012 and 2014.

In 2012–13, a school-record 37 athletes in eight different sports were recruited to continue athletics at the collegiate level. From 2010–14, 24 student-athletes in the Jesuit Dallas football program have accepted scholarships to continue their athletic career at the collegiate level, more than any other team on campus.


Debate is one of the oldest and most competitive activities at Jesuit Dallas, and the school’s debaters have been recognized in the top 20 in the country almost every decade since the 1940s. The program has won four Texas Forensic Association State Debate Championships since 2000, including back-to-back state titles in 2010 and 2011. In addition, Jesuit has finished inside the top 10 at the state championships nine times since 2001.

Medical Society[edit]

The Jesuit Dallas Medical Society is one of the largest clubs on campus with over 150 active members participating in a myriad of activities to prepare them for the possibility of a future career in medicine.

All grade levels are involved in the Medical Society. Students participate in monthly meetings that include learning about a medical field from a guest lecturer, while all grade levels also participate in a weekly volunteer program at Dallas Christian Ministries, take day trips to UT Southwestern Medical School and meet monthly with the Southwestern Explorers Club. In addition, each year in the program includes specialized procedures for training and development:

  • 1st Year: 10-week cat dissection course
  • 2nd Year: Structure/function lab experience to include EKGS, urinalysis, blood pressure, eye tests, blood typing, suturing, and eye, heart, kidney and brain dissection
  • 3rd Year: Clinical rotations at area hospitals observing surgeries and shadowing various medical activities
  • 4th Year: Experience first-hand medical care shadowing various doctors, register for health classes, and apply to take part in the annual medical mission trip

Selected rising juniors and seniors participate in an intensive eight-week summer program through the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in which each student is paired with a professor and active researcher in a particular field working in a modern biomedical research laboratory.


Jesuit Dallas has offered a competitive robotics program since 2009. Earning the FIRST Rookie All-Star Award in 2009, the team qualified for the National Championships in its first year as a competitive program. That same year, the program earned top honors at the VEX Robotics Regional Championships. In 2011, the program won the Dallas Regional Championship and secured a 16th-place finish at the FIRST National Championships. In the summer of 2013, Jesuit’s team outpaced the top nine teams in Texas en route to a victory in the Texas Roundup Off-Season Event and a claim on the unofficial Texas state championship, and in 2014, Jesuit Dallas was part of the winning alliance at the FIRST World Championship.

Stage & Film[edit]

The Jesuit stage & film program produces four major productions, including student-directed one-acts in the winter and spring. Nearly 200 students participate in the program through acting, directing, stagecraft and film. The inaugural Jesuit Dallas Film Festival, which will include submissions from other schools, takes place in Spring 2015.


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 Plano West, Lake Highlands, Coppell, and Rockwall. According to a Feb. 2015 poll question on, 52% of respondents voted that Jesuit's biggest rival was Highland Park, followed by Bishop Lynch (22%) and Skyline (16%).

Jesuit Dallas Museum[edit]

The Jesuit Dallas Museum is a separately chartered, fully functional gallery and museum residing entirely within Jesuit Dallas. Its collections of 500 pieces covers 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.


  • 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–

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