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ST. MARK'S SCHOOL OF TEXAS

Mary Anne Norman
Logo of St. Mark's School of Texas
Logo of St. Mark's School of Texas. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.
St. Mark's Church of Texas
St. Mark's Church of Texas. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.
Historical Marker for St. Mark's School of Texas
Headmaster Arnie Holtberg Unveils the Historical Marker for St. Mark's School of Texas. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

ST. MARK'S SCHOOL OF TEXAS. St. Mark's School of Texas was formed in 1950 from the merger of two existing schools, Texas Country Day School and Cathedral School for Boys. St. Mark’s traces its origins to Terrill School for Boys, which was founded in 1906 on Swiss Avenue by Menter and Ada Terrill. The school continued there until it moved to the St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church on Ross Avenue in the early 1930s. Terrill foundered during World War II and the school was reorganized as the Cathedral School for Boys in the same location in 1946. In 1933 the Texas Country Day School, founded as an alternative to Terrill, opened its first location on the corner of Walnut Hill Lane and Preston Road in Dallas, as a "school in the country for city boys in the tradition of English prep schools." The first graduating class (1935) consisted of one student, Jerry Cunningham. The first headmaster, Kenneth Bouvé, was recruited from Tabor Academy; Bouvé's tenure lasted until 1949. The school moved in 1941 to the present location at 10600 Preston Road but was forced by a fire on November 13, 1943, to relocate to the Fondren Library on the Southern Methodist University campus. Classes returned to the Preston Road site in 1946. Texas Country Day School and the Cathedral School for Boys merged to form St. Mark's School of Texas, founded in 1950. In the early 1990s the school library had 28,500 books and a media center. The physical plant also included a fine-arts building, tennis courts, a stadium with track, a chapel, a math and science quadrangle, an Olympic-size swimming pool, a planetarium and observatory, aviary, and greenhouse, and the St. Mark's radio station. New construction during the 1980s included the Lower School, the Music Building, and St. Mark's Chapel, as well as the Albert G. Hill Tennis Center. In June 1990 a new physical science building was completed. In 1990 St. Mark's occupied a forty-acre campus. The faculty numbered more than ninety, of whom sixty-one held graduate degrees. The school maintained eight "master teacher chairs" and had an endowment of more than $26 million. Minority enrollment was more than 16 percent, and substantial financial aid was available. Both the Texas Education Agency and the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest accredit St. Mark's. The school maintains ties with the Protestant Episcopal Church; indeed, the original charter mandated that there be a chapel and an Episcopal chaplain on the faculty and that the current presiding bishop of Dallas sit on the school's board. The Episcopal Church, however, donates no money for the support of the institution, which remains a nonsectarian school with students from a variety of religious backgrounds. On October 24, 2003, the Texas Historical Commission unveiled a historical marker dedicated to St. Mark’s School of Texas.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Dallas Morning News, December 24, 1949. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

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Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on April 24, 2018. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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