October Tornado & Recovery Efforts

On the evening of Sunday, October 20, 2019, an EF-3 tornado touched down in the Preston-Royal neighborhood, striking a direct hit to the St. Mark's campus. Winds up to 165 miles per hour blew down the east and west walls of Hicks Gym, damaged the roofs of several buildings, and sent debris flying across campus. As the sun rose on Monday morning, crews quickly assessed the damage and began to clear debris. While School was closed for the week, the community quickly rallied together to support one another.

"The coming days, weeks, and months will certainly be challenging as we work together to get back to full strength, but we are blessed to be in such a strong community that sticks together in good times and bad," said Eugene McDermott Headmaster David Dini. "In recent days there has been an outpouring of generous support from across the area and around the country. From alumni, parents, and friends of the School to our ISAS colleagues across North Texas and beyond, we’ve been blessed by kindness, compassion, and thoughtfulness. We are incredibly fortunate."
    • Crews begin repairing the Chapel roof and bell tower.

    • The tornado's path is visible east of Hicks Gym.

    • Crews patch up the roof of Decherd Auditorium.

    • Campus workers and administrators pause to raise the flag on campus for the first time since the tornado struck.

    • Nancy Dini leads volunteers in providing lunch to the campus workers.

    • Eugene McDermott Headmaster David Dini thanks workers for their tireless efforts in restoring campus.

    • The Class of 2024 delivered lunch and homemade treats for campus workers on Sunday.

    • St. Mark's seniors help pass out meals to those affected by the tornado.

    • Supporting our neighbors, Marksmen delivered school supply kits to local public schools damaged in the storm.

    • The Hockaday School hosts the varsity football team before their Homecoming game.

    • Knobel Hunt ’21 displays his "St. Mark's Strong" pin while being interviewed by CBS 11 at the Homecoming football game.

    • Carr Urschel ’20 thanks Greenhill Athletic Director Jarrett Shine for hosting St. Mark's Homecoming game.

    • The Hockaday School opens its doors to host St. Mark's Homecoming volleyball game.

    • The show must go on! NorthPark Presbyterian Church graciously offered to host the St. Mark's Drama Department's performance of 1776.

    • The Middle School Choir rehearses at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in preparation for November's Evensong.

    • With application deadlines approaching, Hockaday welcomed Marksmen to their library to meet with the St. Mark's College Admissions team.

    • Students return to campus ten days after the tornado struck.

    • On the first day of classes following the tornado, the entire community gathered in Spencer Gym for a special assembly.

    • The tornado blew down the east and west walls of Hicks Gym.

    • The winds blew St. Mark's buses and SUVs across campus.

    • Crews begin repairing the roof of the Livengood Choir Room.

    • Workers repair the Chapel roof.

    • High winds wrapped a piece of copper roofing around a tree branch several hundred feet away.

    • The entrance to campus and Ruff Field.

    • Bricks from the bell tower litter the walkway around the Chapel.

    • Crews work to repair Decherd Auditorium.

    • Crews strip away damaged brick outside the second-floor Livengood Choir Room before they begin the process of repairing the walls.

    • The undamaged Path to Manhood statue looks out on the Chapel.

St. Mark’s School of Texas

10600 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75230


About Us

St. Mark’s School of Texas is a private, nonsectarian college-preparatory boys’ day school for students in grades 1 through 12, located in Dallas, Texas. St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world.

St. Mark’s does not discriminate in the administration of its admission and education policies on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.