Nolan Catholic High School

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Nolan Catholic High School
Nolan Catholic High School logo.jpg
Fort Worth, Texas, (Tarrant County) 76103
United States
Coordinates 32°45′36″N 97°15′24″W / 32.76000°N 97.25667°W / 32.76000; -97.25667Coordinates: 32°45′36″N 97°15′24″W / 32.76000°N 97.25667°W / 32.76000; -97.25667
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto Esto Dux
(Be a Leader)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1961
President Erin Vader
Principal Benedict Reyes
Grades 912
Enrollment More than 1,000 (2011)
Color(s) Blue and White         
Athletics conference TAPPS
Team name Vikings
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[1]

Nolan Catholic High School is a private, coeducational, college preparatory school formerly[2] in the Marianist tradition, and is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas. It serves grades 9-12, has an average student population of 1150, and serves the Church by educating and forming youth in the Roman Catholic faith through its mission: Nolan Catholic High School is a ministry of the Diocese of Fort Worth evangelizing students to be tomorrow’s servant leaders through:

  • Education in Faith
  • Formation in Hope
  • Perseverance in Charity

School profile[edit]

NCHS is a private Catholic school in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. It is one of three Catholic college preparatory schools in Tarrant County. Nolan specializes in providing a faith-filled education that prepares young adults for success in college or university and beyond. The school motto is Esto Dux, which in Latin translates to 'be a leader'

Since being founded in 1961, the school has served in the ministry of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth under the administration of the Society of Mary (Marianists). NCHS is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department (as approved by the Texas Education Agency).

Of the 97 members of faculty, only 8 are vowed religious. Among the faculty 50% hold advanced degrees including 5 at doctoral level, among them Robert Williams, Ph.D. and John Skees, Ph.D. in Neurology, University of Chicago, in New Testament and Early Christian Literature. (Statistics as of 2009-2010 School Year).

The traditional college preparatory curriculum at Nolan Catholic requires 27 Carnegie units (3240 hours of instruction) for graduation. Advanced Placement and honors courses are offered in multiple disciplines.

Honors Diploma[edit]

Qualified students may earn a designated honors diploma with the appropriate notification on their transcripts. Honors diploma requirements include a minimum cumulative numerical average of 93 by the end of the fall semester of the senior year. The student must have taken biology, physics, chemistry, as well as three years in the same foreign language. In addition, the student must successfully complete one full credit in six or more of the following courses:

  • English I Honors, English II Honors
  • Algebra I Honors, Geometry Honors, Algebra II Honors
  • Pre-Calculus Honors, Calculus Honors
  • World History Advance Placement
  • Scientific Research and Design Honors, Anatomy and Physiology Honors
  • Spanish I Honors, Spanish II Honors, Spanish III Honors
  • French III Honors, French IV Honors
  • German III Honors, German IV Honors
  • Advanced Latin Honors (above Latin II)
  • Computer Science Honors, Java Programming Honors, Visual Basic Project Honors
  • Advanced Office Applications Project Honors
  • Independent Study Honors
  • Art III/IV Honors
  • All Advanced Placement Courses
  • College Courses - only as approved by the Academic Dean


NCHS participates in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools[1] (TAPPS) at the Class 5A level. The following sports are offered:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

NCHS sports teams have recently won state championships in the following sports:

  • Football: 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Men's Cross Country: 1988, 1999, 2002, 2003
  • Men's Pole Vault: 2015, 2016
  • Men's Soccer: 2001, 2003, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Women's Cross Country: 2007
  • Women's Golf: 2007
  • Women's Tennis: 2008
  • Ultimate Frisbee: 2012,[3] 2013,[3] 2014, 2015

Viking Club[edit]

The Viking Club is an organization which, in conjunction with the school's administration, develops, coordinates, and supports extracurricular athletic functions by providing funding so that students may experience and enjoy athletics. While the Viking Club by-laws prohibit non-athletic expenditures, the board and membership has chosen to contribute to supporting teacher recognition and other community services, such as fund-raising efforts for Hurricane Katrina victims.

The membership is composed of parents or guardians of students and NCHS faculty/staff. It also includes alumni and friends of Nolan Catholic High School who have purchased an activity pass.

Project Graduation[edit]

Project Graduation is a group of Nolan parents' that set up fun, alcohol-free events for the seniors to participate in before they graduate. Throughout the year, the parents help raise money for the seniors by coordinating activities, such as selling baked goods after school. They also put on a senior fashion show, in which the seniors get to participate in and people can buy tickets to come and watch. This is such a fun opportunity for the seniors, they get to wear clothes from various name brand stores and model the clothes. After the fashion show they have the option to buy the outfit they wore for a discounted price. They also have a picnic at Camp Thurman set up towards the end of the year. This is an outdoors day where the seniors get to play sports, swim, rock climb, and do obstacle courses. The night of graduation, they put on a lock-in at Allie Cats. They have many different activities going on this night; you can bowl, play laser tag, arcade games, and play mini golf. There are also many prizes that can be won, such as bicycles, laptops, and dorm room necessities. These are some of the activities that Project Graduation puts on for the seniors as a way for them to truly get the most out of the high school experience. Project Graduation also has a website that gives the seniors many options of memorabilia or keep sakes they can purchase.

Additional information[edit]

  • NCHS offers a variety of performing arts opportunities including choir, orchestra and band; jazz, marching, symphonic, and concert; drama and dance.
  • Nolan Catholic's mascot is the Viking.
  • Approximately 98% of Nolan Catholic graduates attend college. Most recently, the class of 2009 had 267 scholarship offers totaling more than $9.5 million.
  • The Class of 2009 had 10 National Merit Finalists and 2 Military Academy Appointments
  • Nolan Catholic Marching Band has won the TPSMEA State Marching Contest thirteen times out of the last fourteen years. The years are as follows: 2000-2002, 2004-2013.

Notable alumni[edit]

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