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Hockaday School

Coordinates: 32°54′27″N 96°49′38″W / 32.9074°N 96.8272°W / 32.9074; -96.8272
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The Hockaday School
11600 Welch Road


United States
Coordinates32°54′27″N 96°49′38″W / 32.9074°N 96.8272°W / 32.9074; -96.8272
TypePrivate, independent, day school
MottoVirtus Scientia
(Virtue through knowledge)
FounderEla Hockaday
HeadmistressLaura Leathers[1]
Color(s)   Green, white
Athletics conferenceSPC

The Hockaday School is an independent, secular, college preparatory day school for girls Pre-K through 12 located in Dallas, Texas, United States. The Hockaday School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest.


The school was founded in 1913 by Ela Hockaday in response to a group of Dallas businessmen's demand to pioneer an academic institution for their daughters, one equal to that of their sons’ educational experiences. She added a junior college in 1931 which operated until 1951.[2] The first class consisted of only ten students. Sarah Trent was one of the first teachers at the school and was influential in its development. As of the 1940 census, Ela Hockaday was living at the school that was located in the block between 5601 Bonita and 2407 Greenville Avenue in Dallas.[3]

The school announced in 2021 that it would phase out the boarding option by 2025. [4]


The tuition averages $36,705 [5]for upper school day students (not including books). For resident students, costs are approximately $62,828 - $64,191. Financial aid is granted on the basis of demonstrated family need and the school's availability of funds. In 2019–2020, 13% of the Hockaday student body received financial aid.[6]


Hockaday competes in the Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) in 11 sports: basketball, cross-country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

In addition, they compete in crew (rowing) and fencing.[7]


Hockaday's mass communication publications are student-run and designed. They produce the newspaper, Fourcast, once a month and the literary magazine, Vibrato, once a year.

Vibrato has won national awards, including the Gold Crown Award (CSPA), Pacemaker Award (NSPA), and Best in Show (NSPA), through Columbia Scholastic Press Association and National Scholastic Press Association.[8][9]

Notable alumnae[edit]

Since 2010, five Hockaday graduates have gone to graduate school at Oxford as Rhodes Scholars, an award that goes to only 32 students per year. Two Hockaday alumnae earned this scholarship in 2022, becoming the first two Rhodes Scholars from the same high school graduating class. These 5 alumnae are: Libby Longino Cohen ’06, Laura Roberts ’12, Mary Clare Beytagh ’14, Elizabeth Guo '18, and Mary Orsak '18 [10][11]

Individual alumnae[edit]


  1. ^ "The Hockaday School Names Dr. Laura Leathers as New Head of School". December 2022.
  2. ^ "Ela Hockaday". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
  3. ^ 1940 U.S. Census, ED: 255-38 Page 28-9
  4. ^ "Boarding Decision".
  5. ^ "The Hockaday School – A Girls' College-Prep Day & Boarding School in Dallas". www.hockaday.org. Retrieved 2024-02-09.
  6. ^ "The Hockaday School 2019-2020 Profile" (PDF).
  7. ^ "Hockaday Athletics". www.hockaday.org. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  8. ^ "NSPA - 2018 Magazine Pacemaker Winners".
  9. ^ "Columbia Scholastic Press Association | This Site Slogan will be replaced with body text from node 311".
  10. ^ "Rhodes Scholars".
  11. ^ "Hockaday Dominates Rhodes Scholarships". 23 November 2021.
  12. ^ "Quest for the Presidency: Bush used private school option 04/04/00". 2009-08-05. Archived from the original on 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  13. ^ "Cheryl Hall: Ex-Hockaday girl wrangles wrestlers". Dallas Morning News. 2005-09-27. Retrieved 2006-08-22.
  14. ^ The Hockaday School (2005-06-20). "Hockaday Alumna Wins Tony Award". Alumnae News. Archived from the original on 2007-05-26. Retrieved 2006-08-22.
  15. ^ Tribune, The Texas; Livingston, Abby (2018-01-07). "Rita Clements, former first lady of Texas, dies at 86". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  16. ^ "Deborah Coonts". Book Series in Order. 2016-09-10. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  17. ^ "Frances Tarlton "Sissy" Farenthold | About Farenthold". Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  18. ^ "Bush used private school option". Associated Press. 2000-04-04. Archived from the original on 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2006-08-22.
  19. ^ They're Engaged!, San Antonio Express-News, April 16, 1961
  20. ^ NNDB. "Patricia Richardson". Retrieved 2006-08-22.
  21. ^ Hockaday Magazine Winter 2011 p.44
  22. ^ "Pamela Willeford". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2019-10-08.

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