St. Thomas High School (Houston)
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|St. Thomas High School|
Entrance to St. Thomas High School
|4500 Memorial Drive
Houston, Texas 77007
|Motto||Teach me Goodness, Discipline and Knowledge|
|Denomination||Roman Catholic, (Basilian)|
|Patron saint(s)||St. Thomas Aquinas|
|Student to teacher ratio||14:1|
|Color(s)||Red and White|
|Song||St. Thomas Alma Mater|
|Fight song||Eagle Fight Song|
|Athletics conference||TAPPS 5A|
St. Pius X
|Accreditation||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools |
St. Thomas High School is a Roman Catholic college preparatory school for young men in Houston, Texas, United States. Founded in 1900, St. Thomas is the second oldest continuously operating private high school in Houston behind Incarnate Word Academy, which was founded in 1873. The school is operated by the Basilian Fathers in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
St. Thomas High School was established in 1900 as St. Thomas College and housed that year at Franklin Avenue and Caroline Street. The founders were the Rev. Nicholas Roche, C.S.B. and two other Basilian Fathers. When the original school suffered hurricane damage, the Fathers relocated to Capitol and Main. In 1903, permanency was assured when Father Roche bought a block of land at Austin and Hadley and constructed Houston's first College Preparatory School for boys. Thanks to the foresight of a native Texan, The Rev. T.P. O'Rourke, C.S.B., educator and author, St. Thomas High School in 1940 moved to the current site on the bank of Buffalo Bayou. The college section later became the University of St. Thomas. Father A.L. Higgins directed the building of the new facility, which has expanded in later years. During Houston's 20th century growth into a focus of world culture, St. Thomas High School has trained men of vision and responsibility, winners of national and international fame; statesmen, churchmen, artists, historians, athletes, civic and business leaders, industrial pioneers, and citizens of many talents.
The school was named after St. Thomas Aquinas, the patron saint of students and education. St. Thomas has occupied its current (as of 2017) site since 1940. The school's location in central Houston on the north bank of the Buffalo Bayou at Memorial and Shepherd which places it 3 miles from Downtown Houston. The campus is self-contained with a fine arts center, computer lab, library, competition gymnasium, baseball field, chapel, and stadium, most housed in distinguished Texas Cordova Shell Stone buildings.
As of July 2013 St. Thomas High School and the investment group AV Dickson Street were engaged in a dispute over the acquisition of the High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (HSLECJ) property of the Houston Independent School District (HISD). On Thursday July 18, 2013 the HISD board rejected both requests. David Thompson, the HISD board attorney, stated that both bidders violated the district's code of silence policy.
St. Thomas High School is situated west of Downtown Houston on the wooded banks of Buffalo Bayou at the corner of Memorial Drive and Shepherd, near the High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, a public school operated by the Houston Independent School District.
A majority of students at St. Thomas come from various private, Catholic, and parochial grade schools such as St. Anne's Houston, St. Michael's, St. Cecilia's, and The Regis School of the Sacred Heart within the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, but a significant part of the student body comes from other area Christian schools. Students from public middle schools also often choose to apply for admission for their freshman year.
In 2012 Richard Connelly of the Houston Press ranked St. Thomas as the third most architecturally beautiful high school campus in Greater Houston. Connelly said that "An appropriately churchy feel to the entrance relieves the somewhat banal industrial feel of the wings."
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- Bill Archer, U.S. congressman (1971-2001)
- Cavan Biggio, baseball player
- Jack Burke, Jr., professional golfer; winner of 1956 Masters and 1956 PGA Championship
- Dan Cook, legendary sports journalist.
- Henry Grover, Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1972.
- Joe Jamail, notable trial lawyer.
- Dave Marr, professional golfer and broadcaster; winner of 1965 PGA Championship.
- John Bradshaw, author, educator, and motivational speaker
- David Herbert McNerney, Medal of Honor recipient.
- Vincent M. Rizzotto, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galveston-Houston.
- William Michael Mulvey is the current bishop of Corpus Christi since his episcopal ordination on 25 March 2010.
- L. Patrick Gray, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
- William H. Goetzmann, Yale University professor and winner of 1967 Pulitzer Prize for History
- Steve Tyrell, Grammy-award winning musician and producer
- George Edward Cire, U.S. federal judge
- George Strake, Jr., Secretary of State of Texas (1979-1981); Republican state chairman, 1983-1988; Houston businessman and philanthropist.
- Corky Ballas, retired competitive ballroom dancer who holds several Latin dance championship titles
St. Thomas originally competed in the now defunct T.C.I.L. (Texas Christian Interscholastic League) That league began in 1935 under the direction of Rev. Albert Mitchell (principal of Central Catholic, San Antonio) St. Thomas' last year of competition in the T.C.I.L. concluded when the league came to a close in the 1999-2000 athletic season. The Eagles are proud owners of numerous District, Regional and State Championships in various sports that date back from over the past 100 years, as well as several within the past five years in their current league. The athletic department provides 12 different programs which are: Baseball, Basketball, Cross-Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Rugby, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, and Wrestling.
Currently, St. Thomas competes in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS). The Eagles have prospered well in its league with numerous district and state championships. The most recent state championship came in 2017 with the baseball team winning the state title with a score of 15-1 over Monsignor Kelly.
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