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Ursuline Academy of Dallas (commonly referred to as Ursuline or UA) is a Catholic college preparatory school for girls located on Walnut Hill Lane, in the area around Preston Hollow[5] in Dallas, Texas, USA. It is a member of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas and was founded in 1874, making it the oldest school in the city of Dallas.[citation needed]

Ursuline Academy of Dallas
4900 Walnut Hill Lane

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United States
Coordinates32°52′41″N 96°49′27″W / 32.87806°N 96.82417°W / 32.87806; -96.82417Coordinates: 32°52′41″N 96°49′27″W / 32.87806°N 96.82417°W / 32.87806; -96.82417
School typePrivate, college preparatory school
MottoLatin: Serviam
(I will serve)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1874; 145 years ago (1874)
PresidentGretchen Kane[1]
PrincipalAndrea Shurley[1]
Teaching staff82.8 (FTE) (2017–18)[2]
Enrollment863 (2017–18)[2]
Student to teacher ratio10.4∶1 (2017–18)[2]
Campus size29 acres[3]
Color(s)     White
AthleticsBasketball • crew • cross country • golf • lacrosse • soccer • softball • swimming • tennis • track & field • volleyball
Athletics conferenceTAPPS
NewspaperBear Facts
Tuition$22,900 (2019–20)[4]
Last updated: July 15, 2019; 2 months ago (2019-07-15)

Founded by the Ursuline Sisters under the motto of Serviam, meaning "I will serve." Ursuline enrolls an average of 800 students each year with a 10:1 average student-teacher ratio.


In 1989 Ursuline Academy of Dallas was designated as a historical landmark of the state of Texas. The historical marker, located in the front lawn of the school, has the following inscription:

"Bishop Claude Marie Dubuis, wishing to establish a Catholic school in the rapidly-growing area of North Texas, assigned six Galveston-based Ursuline nuns to the task in 1874. In January of that year Bishop Dubuis traveled with the sisters to Dallas and assisted them in opening the school. The first facility available to the new academy was a small four-room frame cottage located near Sacred Heart Church in downtown Dallas. The church's pastor, Father Joseph Martiniere, worked closely with the nuns in establishing the school, which officially opened on February 2, 1874, with seven students. As enrollment grew, plans were made to build a larger facility. In 1884 the school moved out of the downtown area to a new brick building located at Bryan, Haskell, and Live Oak streets. That building served the academy until 1949, when the school relocated to this site. Generations of Dallas girls have attended Ursuline Academy. One of the city's first kindergartens opened as part of the academy's program in 1918. Its grammar school section was discontinued in 1976, and the emphasis after that time was placed on high school education."[6]

Beginning in 2009, Ursuline Dallas has partnered with Ursuline High School in Wimbledon, England for a student exchange program.[7]

Notable alumnaeEdit


  1. ^ a b "Leadership". Ursuline Academy of Dallas. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Search for Private Schools – School Detail for Ursuline Academy of Dallas". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "Our Campus". Ursuline Academy of Dallas. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  4. ^ "Tuition & Financial Aid". Ursuline Academy of Dallas. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  5. ^ "Ursuline Academy, Dallas". Handbook of Texas. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  6. ^ "Atlas: Texas Historical Commission". Texas Historical Commission. Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  7. ^ "England - Ursuline High School in Wimbledon, England". Ursuline Academy of Dallas. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  8. ^ Oates, Valerie. "Ursuline Receives Additional $2 Million Grant; Science, Math, Technology Building Task Force is Formed". Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  9. ^ "Candace Johnson - 2015 Women's Soccer Roster". University of Missouri Athletics. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  10. ^ Chudwin, Elissa (February 22, 2018). "Notable Alums: Dorothy Malone, Ursuline Academy of Dallas". Preston Hollow Advocate. Retrieved May 13, 2019 – via
  11. ^ "Alina Garciamendez - Women's Soccer". Stanford University Athletics. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  12. ^ Nadler, Rae (January 2007). "Marketing America: Dina Habib Powell". The Alcalde. Vol. 93 no. 3. Texas Exes. pp. 52–55.

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