O'Connell College Preparatory School
|O'Connell College Preparatory School|
Galveston, Texas, (Galveston County) 77550
Ursuline Academy Founded 1847
Dominican High School
Kirwin High School
O'Connell High School
O'Connell College Preparatory SchoolFounded 2007 - Present
Mr. Wayne Mallia
Mr. Michael Christiansen
Mr. Mike Wisner
Mr. John Cartwright
Mr. Trey Apffel
Mrs. Tonya Arnold-CallendarFr. EJ Stein
|Oversight||Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston|
|Principal||Mrs. Patti Abbott|
Finance Director Shanna Pennington
College Prep Coordinator Mrs. Paula Lamb
Admissions Director Ms. Roberta Taylor
Director of Facilities/Technology Mr. Russell Johns
Administrative Assistance Ms. Chantal Rodriguez
Athletic TrainerMs. Lauryn McCurry
|Enrollment||Approx. 125 (2014)|
|Student to teacher ratio||15:1|
|Color(s)||Red and Black|
|Accreditation||Catholic Schools Accreditation Agency|
|Communities served||Galveston County, Texas|
|Feeder schools||Holy Family Catholic School, Our Lady of Fatima, True Cross Catholic, Ambassador Preparatory Academy, Mainland Preparatory Academy, Trinity Episcopal|
|Athletic Director||Mr. Anthony Cann|
O'Connell College Preparatory School (formerly O'Connell Consolidated High School) is a 4-year coeducational parochial/private high school in Galveston, Texas, United States that offers university-preparatory programs. It was founded in 1968 as a consolidation of Galveston Island's three existing Catholic high schools: Kirwin High School (Boys, founded in 1927) and Dominican High School (Girls, founded in 1882) and Ursuline Academy (Girls, founded in 1847) and is the only Roman Catholic high school in Galveston County.
In the fall of 1968, the religious orders operating the three schools agreed on consolidation as a means of continuing Catholic secondary education in Galveston, offering a broader curriculum than was possible in any of the three smaller high schools. Bishop John Morkovsky, S.T.D., approved the plan and appointed a Board of Trustees composed of laymen and priests representing all the parishes in Galveston County. The Board named the newly consolidated school after the Right Rev. Monsignor Daniel P. O’Connell, P.A., pastor of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Galveston from 1933 until his death in 1966, and a longtime supporter of Catholic education.
Archbishop Fiorenza offered to allow the school to remain open, if funding could be secured that would enable the school to operate without any subsidy from the Archdiocese.
In the spring of 2004 a plan was presented to the Archbishop in which a private foundation, the O’Connell Foundation, would be established with funds from alumni and others in the community. The foundation would offset any expenses previously covered by the Archdiocese, as well as provide for the lease of the campus, which the Archbishop wanted to sell.
Archbishop Fiorenza approved the plan and on July 1, 2004 the school was reopened as O’Connell Consolidated High School. In the spring of 2007, the school's board of trustees decided to rename the school O'Connell College Preparatory School, to help distinguish it from other local public and private schools of secondary education.
In 2013 O'Connell was awarded a 5 million dollar grant by the Moody Foundation. as reported in the Texas Catholic Herald on February 26, 2013.
- Education in Galveston, Texas
- List of schools in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
- Statistical information gathered from Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston's official site 
- Taylor, Heber. "O'Connell seeks to redefine itself." Galveston County Daily News. September 23, 2007.
- O'Connell Student Handbook
- Connelly, Richard. "Galveston's O'Connell High May Close." Houston Press. Friday November 7, 2008. Retrieved on November 5, 2009.