On the morning of Tuesday, August 22, 2017, St. Mark’s School of Texas welcomed 879 boys to campus for its 111th first day of school. Across 10600 Preston Road, students filed into class, greeted their teachers, and got to know their classmates.
St. Mark’s looks to ensure excellence in every component of campus life, including in the Great Hall. Within its new strategic plan, Goals for St. Mark’s IV, the School reiterates its commitment to “provide daily lunches that are healthy, nutritious, and widely appealing.” This summer, with the retirement of Sally Stephens, Director of Food Services for 23 years, the School took the opportunity to take a fresh look at the St. Mark’s dining experience.
Before embarking on the next chapter in their lives, recent graduates from the Class of 2017 gathered on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, for the annual Graduate Send-Off hosted by Eugene McDermott Headmaster David W. Dini.
In July 2017, the St. Mark’s Choir embarked on a 17-day tour of England, performing in some of the most famous cathedrals in Europe. Choirmaster Tinsley Silcox, Organist and Assistant Choirmaster Glenn Stroh, and five faculty chaperones led 40 choristers. The 16th biennial trip, once again, gave Marksmen the opportunity to revel in different cultures and share their talents with the world.
While the St. Mark’s campus is fairly quiet over the summer months, the journalism suite is always buzzing with activity. Throughout the summer, students have been hard at work on the 2017–2018 editions of the Marksmen yearbook and The ReMarker student newspaper.
On June 30, 2017, the curtain closed on another record year for the St. Mark’s Fund. During the 2016–2017 fiscal year, more than 3,200 alumni, parents, and friends of the School contributed a record-breaking $4.1 million.
On Friday, May 19, 2017, the Marksmen of the Class of 2017 donned their white dinner jackets and walked across the stage on the Cecil & Ida Green Commencement Theater, crossing the threshold from student to alumnus.
On the afternoon of May 9, 2017, more than 150 Trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and students gathered together for the groundbreaking of the Winn Science Center and McDermott-Green Science Building. The School community celebrated the past and looked forward to the future of science education at St. Mark’s.
As they prepare to compete for their fourth straight Texas State Championship, the varsity water polo team spent Spring Break in Bucharest, Romania, the childhood home of St. Mark’s Varsity Water Polo and Swim Coach Mihai Oprea.
Four distinguished guests visited campus as part of the fourth annual STEM Conference, sharing their vast experience with students and giving firsthand accounts of the latest developments in science, technology, engineering, and math.
On Thursday, February 2, 2017, more than 150 alumni and guests gathered at the Old Parkland Campus in Dallas for the latest installment of the Alumni Leadership Speaker Series featuring Harlan Crow, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Crow Holdings.
Last week, two New York Times bestselling authors visited campus. One is a prominent young adult writer and recipient of the National Book Award. The other is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist whose story inspired the 2013 movie The Butler.
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.